I love travelling by camperbus… or is it a motorhome?!
Not sure what the exact difference is there (so if you know do tell in the comments below!) but the bit I love about travelling this way is whether you feel peckish, thirsty or in need of a nap… Pull over, and its sorted 😉
Having driven the 450km (5.5 hours) into Alice Springs from Yulara in our hire car (after a magical few days visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta), we picked up our Maui 5 berth motor-home and trialled our first night’s sleep in a friend’s front yard in town!
Keen to hit the road we left Alice Springs early, and as soon as we were out of town pulled over for breakfast!
Replenished, our first real stop for the day was to be Standley Chasm, just 50km to the west of Alice on Larapinta Drive.
It’s only a 20 minute walk into the chasm from the car park up a delightful path.
Starting out under classic eucalypts…
The Eucalyptus trunks are a tree hugger’s dream (3 guesses what I am!)
While the trees satisfy the eye-level-eye-candy, the rocks underfoot satisfy the textural-underfoot-tactile-foot-candy.
After a little bit of clambering up a predominently dry creek bed…
Standley Chasm opens out before us.
The Eucalypt gives it scale.
…and stunning colour contrasts.
so we sit, with sketch pads in hand, to take in the ambience and breath in the atmosphere
Red rugged rocky sides flaming up the perpendicular chasm walls…
…to the blue sky above
where the sun at midday penetrates the close chasm walls and simultaneously lights up both sides as it passes overhead.
Wild-flowers and grasses cling on perilously to survive in the dry craggy crevises.
Returning back down the path
we see amongst the leaf litter a Long-Nosed Dragon, also known as the ‘Ta-Taa’ lizard as when scurrying off they’ll often stop momentarily and lift a front leg, appearing to wave goodbye… ta-ta 😉
It’s particularly long nose, as well as a long tail, help it balance when running at high speed. (Official name: Lophognathus longirostris)
So first stop of the day in the West MacDonnell Ranges, Standley Chasm is plotted…
…& the route dotted on my pictorial map of Central Australia🙂
Next stop, 80 km (1.5 hours) to the Ochre Pits, which I’ll post next Tuesday!
Have you visited Standley Chasm? Or is it still on the ‘To Do’?
Do share in the comments below