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I keep finding myself living in deserts or other remote localities. One day I will move back to an urban civilization. In the meantime I entertain myself by playing in the kitchen or with the computer. Occasionally I have been known to venture out to work, but only for the money.

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  1. Karen
    July 23, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Hi there,

    I live and work in Melbourne – planning a road trip to Alice Springs at the end of the year. Hoping to camp – not sure where is good. Interested to know more about living in the desert. Liked your blog.

    Karen

    • July 25, 2009 at 5:42 am

      Hi Karen,
      A lot of the camping sites are in national parks around Alice Springs and area. Have a look at this site (http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/find/westmacdonnell.html) – that’s on the West MacDonnell national park, the downloadable fact sheets are up to date and excellent! There are links to the other parks in the Territory on the right hand side of the page (of that site).

      The “Explore Australia” books (maps, info,) are terrific, as is the “Highway Guide Across Australia” (lists roadside rest areas). Try your local library if you can’t find them at a bookstore.

      If you’re doing the trip in summer, then do carry LOTS and LOTS of drinking water (for you and the car!). Ensure your car is in good mechanical condition, with a working air conditioner, but if you do break down, don’t be too worried. Stay with your vehicle, there is plenty of traffic on the outback highways, including regular police patrols. It is an easy drive, a great trip, just long. And can be very hot. In summer I tend to hit the road earlier, have a shorter driving day, and stop early in the afternoon. Good luck with it, and enjoy!

      Comment, or send email if you want further info. Cheers! 🙂

  2. Jo
    September 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Hello – love your blog and we spoke briefly on Twitter . . . (AussieGirl_inUK).

    So I am moving to Alice Springs mid-November and am curious about the following – have looked on Lonely Planet, Contiki and other travel forums and just used plain old Google but need a local to advise 🙂

    Basically, I was hoping to find out more about the following:

    1. Fitness Centre – in the main part of town with a/c and pool?
    2. Beautician with calm interior and high level professionalism ie: no young catty beauticians!
    3. Cocktail / Wine Bar? Or pub with good choice of wines by the glass – want to check this out my first night there (which will be a Thursday)
    4. good place to purchase a second hand car to get me to Darwin and in / around outback 🙂
    5. where can i meet friendly locals ie: tennis or which pub?

    Am hoping you can share your wisdom with me.

    loving your blog – Jo

    • February 10, 2011 at 5:59 am

      I’m a bit late checking this blog aren’t I? Oops. Sorry Jo. 😦

      Hope you arrived safely and have discovered the joys of life in our desert town. Did you notice we’ve arranged a mild summer for you and all the other newbies. We don’t do this every year. 🙂

      I assume you have been able to answer your own questions? I will be checking back regularly in case you post another comment. Cheers, DG

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