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Australia: MacDonnell Ranges (Western)

The Ochre Pits
The Ochre Pits were a source of paint and medicine for the Aborigines

The following morning I got up, thawed out under a hot shower, and set off for the Western Macdonnell Ranges National Park. Alice Springs is situated in the middle of a range of mountains – the Macdonnell Ranges – that extend to the east and west, and along this range are various gorges and waterholes that make for a pleasant day's drive, especially as the tourist-conscious Territory government has sealed the roads to both sides of the range.

Ormiston Gorge
The gentle slopes of Ormiston Gorge