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Day 9 - Australia 2014 - From the Out back to Alice Springs again

Sunset at our last campsite in the bush..

After a little unsettled night in the swag, we were waken up from our tour guide really early again. But as a compensation a amazing sunrise in the bush land expected us.

We didn't have breakfast at our campsite, but we went very shortly to Wallace Rockhole an Aboriginal Community to have our morning toilet and our breakfast there.

Art center in Wallace RockholeWallace Rockhole is on the Urana Land Trust 25kms along the James Range and 40kms to the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Afterwards an aboriginal man guided us through the not far away located gorge and explained us different tools which were used from the former aboriginals who have lived in this area.

Aboriginal tools in Wallace RockholeAboriginal Australians, also referred to as Aborigines, are legally defined as people who are members "of the Aboriginal race of Australia" (indigenous to the Australian continent—mainland Australia or to the island of Tasmania).

And he described also the meaning of the engraved patterns in the brown sandstone, which regularly were used as maps from the area from generation to generation and showed waterholes (circles) for instance.

Aboriginal tour guide explaning the map craved in sandstone in Wallace Rockhole Wallace Rockhole in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Wallace Rockhole is a Western Aranda Aboriginal Community located 120kms west of Alice Springs along the James Range.
Engraved map in sandstone close to Wallace RockholeWallace Rockhole is a Western Aranda Aboriginal Community located 117kms west of Alice Springs along the James Range.
Me in the Wallace Rockhole

In the community room one female aboriginal artist were painting a picture in the typical aboriginal way.

Aboriginal artist in Wallace RockholeIndigenous Australian art or Australian Aboriginal art is art made by the Indigenous peoples of Australia and in collaborations between Indigenous Australians and others.

After that we attended the Art Culture Center there to watch a movie about the history of the Aboriginals in this land and we tried to paint some aboriginal arts too. I guess it was mor an trial than a success. But In my eyes it wasn't so bad.

My try of aboriginal art

After our stay in the Art Culture Center wer were going over unsealed streets

Unsealed street with a cattle in the outbackAustralian cattle stations (ranches) are often mentioned in the same breath as the Australian Outback. For many people life in the Australian Outback is synonymous with living and working on an Outback cattle station.

passing by wild horses to our lunch place, where we could watch a few Galahs

Galahs in the outbackThe galah Eolophus roseicapilla, also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, galah cockatoo, roseate cockatoo or pink and grey, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia.

and a big grasshopper.

Grashopper on our last lunch breakThe grasshopper is an insect of the suborder Caelifera in the order Orthoptera.

After a short visit on the oldest cattle station of Australia the Owen Springs cattle station

Owen Springs cattle stationThe Old Owen Springs Homestead was the first station homestead built in Central Australia.

 our trips leads us back to Alice Springs, which arrived in the late afternoon exhausted but satisfied full of impressions.

Mereenie Loop RoadThe unsealed Mereenie Loop Road lets you drive directly from Kings Canyon (Watarrka National Park) to the West MacDonnell Ranges - or the other way round - without backtracking.