Armchair Travel: Central Australia

I’ve only visited Central Australia once and that was way back in the 1980s. We travelled on The Ghan, the train to Alice Springs. In those days it didn’t go as far as Darwin. Then the friend we were with rented a car and we drove for some hours south to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta, aka The Olgas. Most of the road looked like this. It was dry and dusty, on the verges we saw the skulls of dead animals and the remnants of blown tyres. A sobering reminder that if you had a breakdown it might be a while before you got any help. No mobile phones, remember?

Stuart Highway NT
Most of the road to Uluru looks like this. Photo David Jensen
Uluru NT
Christie near Uluru
Uluru taken on holiday around 1985. I have cleaned the picture up a bit as there were a few dust spots but the colours are what I saw.

I have other photos of the trip as slides and prints on my “Must scan these before I die.” list. If I ever get it done I’ll share. Last year I wrote a post about the closing of the climb to the top of Uluru. You can read it here.

Spaceship Earth – Taken at Katatjuta (The Olgas) June 1985

I found the area quite fascinating and would have liked to have spent a little longer. It was hot but if you went out early in the day it was bearable. I was more tolerant of heat back then.

Ghan at Alice Springs.jpg
By Mike YoungOwn work, CC BY 2.5, Link


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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