Derham Groves

Central Australia Visit

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn January 2014, Ping (hereafter known as “Daisy Bates”, the Australian adventurer/explorer) and I visited Central Australia on one of those 3-day camping trips. Day one: Uluru. Day two: the Olgas. Day three: Kings Canyon. Very good. Very interesting. Can now cross that one off my list. Glad I did it when I did though, because it was a lot more strenuous than I thought it would be. Twisting my knee didn’t help.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACamels don’t floss. An ornery camel and a thorny devil.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADaisy Bates (wearing hat, headscarf and fly-net) at Uluru.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUluru taken with my new Olympus point-and-shoot camera. It was almost nighttime when I took this photo, which is why the rock looks purple.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAustralian pop culture #1: Australian Aboriginal rock paintings at Uluru.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAustralian pop culture #2: Miniature golf course near Uluru.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Olgas. The day we were there, it was raining (note the waterfall).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADaisy Bates at Kings Canyon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADaisy Bates at Stanley Chasm.

DaisyBates1921The “real” Daisy Bates.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFlying doctor John Flynn’s grave. Judging by his headstone, the guy had balls.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlbert Namatjira memorial on the way to Hermannsburg. Australia treated him badly. Too late to make amends now unfortunately.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHermannsburg Church. Dignified.