Friday, May 14, 2021

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Education bus tours: Alice slow in grasping opportunity

By JULIUS DENNIS Educational tour operators say that there are not enough places to stay the night in Alice Springs to meet the “huge influx”...

Self-drive at record numbers, but there are risks



But there are risks, says the NT Cattlemen's Association: Visitors are not used to encountering road trains. Overnight campers need to be careful with campfires and take their rubbish with them.

Welcome to winter paradise

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How to use a Swag and other useful hints as we say good-bye to the heat. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

Harts Range may give Birdsville a run for its money

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As they turn 70 next year, the Central Australia's legendary bush races, like the Finke organised by volunteers, may take a slot in the major event tourism line-up. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.


Inspiration from the roads of a big country



There's one thing we're doing exceptionally well: Having a great time with mates. Time to apply that fabulous gift to our tourism industry, in our country of sunsets and wide open spaces, recommends ERWIN CHLANDA, from a trip half way around Oz. PHOTO: Sunset on the Barkly Tableland, ahead of big storms.

The Finke: town's biggest gig, nation's biggest off-road race

Half the Alice Springs population, some 13,000 people, will be watching tomorrow when 440 bikes and 99 cars set off on their first leg in Australia's biggest and toughest off-road race, the Tatts Finke Desert Race.
Some spectators will be at the start line, but most will be camped along the track in what's the town's biggest social event, sleeping in swags, tents and caravans, cooking on camp fires and downing the odd beer and rum.
It's the 38th annual Finke, founded by locals, and despite its now national and international profile, entirely run by local volunteers.
What's more, some of the racing machines are built or modified by local professional and amateur mechanics.

Many competitors come from right across the diverse population of The Centre.
Today's prologue (pictured) determined tomorrow's starting positions.
The fastest competitor, likely to be driving a buggy, will do the 226 kilometers from Alice Springs south to the tiny Aboriginal community of Finke in less than two hours.
The second leg – back to Alice – will be on the holiday Monday.
If you can't be there, follow the race online.

Is Fred our most faithful visitor?





When it comes to repeat business, Viennese optometrist Alfred Pruckner must be a dream come true for the local tourist industry. Since 1995 he has toured Central Australia 16 times, every time staying for a few weeks, cruising around the bush in big hired 4WDs, taking in the well known attractions, and many not so well known. His experiences over nearly two decades make him more qualified than most to judge the region, from the standpoint of a paying tourist. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PICTURED: Alfred and his partner, Erika, at Chambers Pillar and this week.

Sharp rises in parks fees, mining policy in doubt

Fees for camping in the most popular locations of the West MacDonnell
Ranges, one of several parks in Central Australia being transferred
from public to Aboriginal ownership by the NT Government, have been
increased sharply at very short notice.

Meanwhile today (Wednesday) Shadow Environment Minister Kezia Purick
says Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton, is refusing to
confirm Territory Labor’s policy on the co-existence of mines in
Territory national parks.


Pictured: Ormiston Gorge. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Kalua, we’re not on the East Coast anymore


I feel like Dorothy looking down at her little dog and saying, ‘Toto,
we’re not in Kansas anymore’. Except I’m saying to my little black cat,
‘Kalua, we’re not on the East Coast anymore’. With this past week’s
sunny days and warm dry winds I’ve several times thought myself to be
near the beach. I don’t know what it is exactly, the smell of sunscreen,
the fact that it’s miles away or the Buffle grass rustle like waves to
the shore.  Either way as pleasant as this has been it has also
induced a sort of panic at the thought of what am I going to do when
summer really does hit? I realised it was deadly necessary to try and
scope out swimming spots in Alice Springs.

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