Day 13: Going further inland

Let’s break it down to the important part first: we are wearing shorts!

Today, we are to fly from Adelaide to Alice Springs, which is about exactly halfway between both coasts. With slightly over 800 miles to fly today we are in for a very short flight of about 2 hours. As our hotel is really close to the airport, we drove for about 5 minutes, turned in our car and had our traditional breakfast at the there present Subway restaurant.

Our flight left at 10:20, and was really calm. It gave awesome views of Australia’s Outback, and it’s arid expanses. Arriving in Alice Spings was a nice change in weather compared to the cool Place we came from, it’s 22 degrees over here with clear skies. But what would you expect from a desert!

We picked up our car at the airport, and were surprised by the sheer size of the thing, it’s a Toyota FJ Cruiser! In the awful colour Desert, it sits brownish but with the 200kwh 4 litre V6 ready for our stuff. Its maiden voyage with us is only a few kilometres to the hotel in town, and as it is only early in the afternoon, we spent the rest of the day walking a trail to an old Telegraph Station and just enjoying the scenery and climate.

Tomorrow, we leave this town to drive trailhead down the MacDonnel Range towards Glen Helen Gorge, which is only 150kms away. But as this is the Outback, it going to be something else anyway! We probably don’t have WiFi over there though! 🙂

Day 12: Back to the big city

It seems like the rainstorms just don’t want to leave, and so we woke up this morning to semi overcast skies with the occasional downpours. It didn’t matter much though, as today basically means we have to leave the Island, and head for the city of Adelaide. It is a shame we have to leave the beautiful Kangaroo Island, but our journey will take us to other great places.

Even though Kangaroo Island has the most famous Australian animal in its name, it is not the place we have encountered the most of them. If the sheer number of roadkill are a sign though, there should be plenty around, but we simply didn’t encounter them. There is however a plethora of other wildlife to be seen, the sheer number of birds around here is staggering. All kinds of sea based birds, as well as land based ones happily dart around and call this island their home.

This time around, our 45 minute trip with the ferry back to Cape Jervis was not as choppy as last time, and everything went by without a hitch. The trip from Kingscote to Penneshaw was about an hour of driving, and from Cape Jervis to Adelaide another 2 hours. We arrived at the motel quite early, and decided that going to the city itself by car wasn’t going to be a success and instead opted to go to Glenelg, a rich beachfront city right next to Adelaide. This turned out to be a great idea, as it is a joy to look at. Great big oceanfront houses everywhere, and a nice comfy city centre with lots of options.

We visited the beach a couple of time this afternoon, only to find ourselves trapped inside our car as their happened to be a big rainstorm passing over. After two tries we gave walking on the beach up and went for a hot chocolate in a very nice place on the main street of the town.

Tomorrow, we fly out to Alice Springs, around 10:20 local time, to arrive there about 2 hours later. Let’s hope the rain doesn’t follow us there!