Today we have the opportunity of enjoying a Hot Air Balloon ride in the early morning (optional). The residents of the sparsely populated Australian outback only receive their mail once a week, delivered by a special ‘mail plane’ and for larger shopping expeditions t(as you can imagine) they must travel hundreds of kilometres. So how do these residents access medical care and schooling for their children? In the Royal Flying Doctor Museum you will get an insight into their work and discover the history of this non-profit organisation, responsible for round the clock care of all Outback residents. With their specially equiped aircraft these Flying Doctors also attend to patients in all corners of the vast Australian continent, thus enabling comprehensive nationwide coverage. We will also visit the Reptile centre at Alice Springs. Here we can see , and actually get to actually touch, some impressive Australian snakes. Afterwards we will be making our final preparations for out next adventure – the Larapinta Trail. In the next 14 days, we will be hiking 223 km through the highest desert mountains of Australia, the West MacDonnell Ranges – a good reason to take it easy in the afternoon and rest up well beforehand. Alternatively, you could take a stroll over to Todd Mall Market, the artisan and flea market on the popular local shopping strip, which takes place every second Sunday morning. Todd Mall also houses numerous art galleries specialising in the sale of paintings and crafts by Aboriginal people living in Outback communities near Alice Springs.
Location: Alice Springs