We didn’t plan on heading to the East MacDonnell Ranges on our trip, thinking we had seen enough gorges after the West Mac’s, but we got talking to another family at the caravan park in Alice Springs and they couldn’t recommend it highly enough, so we figured we had to go and check it out for ourselves and we are so glad we did! The East MacDonnell Ranges are quite different to the West – there are still plenty of gorges to check out (and we did that too, but that will be in another post,) but probably one of the highlights of our trip so far was the day we spent at Arltunga. Arltunga was officially central Australia’s first town. Now it is a National Park to preserve the remnants of the ghost town that was once a bustling gold mining town.
We were lucky enough to once again make it to a ranger talk led by two real life gold miners who are still mining for Gold at Arltunga today! It was a great one hour talk – really informative on the gold mining process and the history of Arltunga. We then got to play around the Visitor Information Centre before picking up a map and exploring Arltunga – we even got to climb down into an old gold mine shaft which the kids just loved! A really, really great, free, day out!! I’m going to let the photos show you our time there.