We were not in a huge hurry today so took it easy packing up and having breakfast in the morning. The drive to Alice Springs went smoothly and we stuck to the sealed roads, so backtracked back to Lasseters Highway. We stayed at the Crown Plaza Hotel near the casino and loved the accommodation. Great service and facilities.
We went to the shops to buy our blow up pool toys to take to Redbank Gorge the following day.
In the evening we caught up with my cousin Stuart and his partner Michelle and their boys for dinner at their local sports club. It was good to see them and spend some time together.
We also stopped in to have a quick look at the hotel that my Grandfather used to manage there called the Oasis Hotel. It was a good feeling to be somewhere he once was. He has managed few Roadhouses, Hotels and Leagues Clubs and always had great stories to tell. We had stayed at this hotel in Alice Springs when I was really young and I hoped that it might be familiar when I saw it, but I didn’t remember it. It has been a very long time and has probably changed over the years. Still glad we dropped in to see it.