Up early to fly to Alice Springs! We navigated Sydney’s train system to get to the airport so that was exciting. The Sydney domestic terminal has awesome self checkin and self bag check. Super technologically awesome. The morning was an uneventful 2.5 hour flight to the center of the country and a short taxi ride to our hotel. We walked into town first thing to find lunch, and ended up in a pub called Uncle’s Tavern. I had fish and chips again, but they were not as good as in Sydney. Probably because this is a desert and they don’t really have fish.
After lunch we walked to the Royal Flying Doctor Service museum. There was a great little film and a small exhibit explaining how they provide access to routine and emergency healthcare to individuals who live out in the middle of nowhere. It was pretty neat. We took a taxi to a place called Desert Park next. We didn’t time it well enough to catch most of the presentations, but the park itself is interesting. You get to walk through a few different environments, and they have some aviaries where you can walk in with the birds. They also had a very cool nocturnal house with some active critters, and a paddock where you can walk amongst kangaroos. We also managed to hear a talk and demonstration on the traditional food and medicinal uses of certain plants. That night we ate dinner in our hotel’s restaurant, Barra on Todd. I had the barra of course (barramundi). It wasn’t cooked all the way through, but the parts that were tasted nice.
We packed our things for the outback and tried to get to bed early.