My friend Jenny and I worked out at a cattle station called Curtin Springs near Uluru 30 years ago in my gap year before Uni.
When we left and set off up to Darwin, we spent nearly a week in Alice "socialising" with half the Australian army who were support crew for The Great Australian Camel Race as it passed through. We had met them all at Uluru and Curtin Springs so had a marvellous time.
Bojangles was our sleezy club of choice so I was amazed to see it was still there. Sadly greatly sanitized, not the outback boozer I remembered but fun to go back for a nostalgia trip.
This pub was better though. We could sit outside drinking seriously overpriced ale, watching the world go by, being gently blasted with chilled vapour from time to time and watching the Big Bash League (20:20 cricket) on the telly. Bliss.
In the morning it was onto a coach for the 5 hour drive to Uluru. Breakfast stop at tthe Alice Camel farm for your first experience of that bright red earth and brilliant blue sky. It is truly wonderful. I would recommend to anyone.
The huge rock in the far distance behind me is not Uluru but Atila (formerly Mount Connor). It is within the million acres of the Curtin Springs station and it huge.