Australia – Alice Springs
17 April 2003
||Eric Kilby, head of statistics department in paper industry,
and Mark Bytheway, local council service manager
||Emily Gap Nature Park
||Travel the highway, by occident, to a frontier of Padstow’s
watercourse. Race to Eric the Afghan by way of an Arabian.
||Frontier Camel Farm – with Eric at end of camel race
||Hang about, the GNR is still on track. Where barristers are
called, and look for Garland’s ‘Oz’ song. Quite the opposite.
||Old Ghan Railway Museum – under rainbow window in bar of steam
||Reserve judgment and follow Todd up to his link with Charles
Moore. ‘What hath God wrought’ – get the message? 3
||Alice Springs Telegraph Station Visitor Centre – in ‘PEAKE’
pigeon-hole in Post Telegraph Office
||Old Alice Springs
||At 8 o’clock, great Sandy almost offers pudding. Park in a
river area then, from a birdy billabong, get Cossidae grub.
||Alice Springs Desert Park – in tray of Witchetty grubs in
||Go away: E flat is nearby. Hail to the (41st and 43rd) Chief
of your previous grub. Ask for assistance – do you dig it?
||Alice Springs Desert Park – under Witchetty bush in Awaye
||The contestants won the treasure with 1 minute 15 seconds
||As usual, the cameraman was Guy Littlemore and the sound recordist
was Simon Burles, but the helicopter was flown by local pilot Damian (instead
of Keith Thompson).
||Suzi flies west (occident) to Frontier Camel Farm (Padstow,
Cornwall is on the River Camel) where she meets camel-jockey Nick, who helps
her mount a dromedary (Arabian) ready for a race with two other camels. “I’m
coming with you,” he tells her. “Suits me sir,” she says as the camel rises,
rear end first. At the end of the course – Suzi comes last – a man in a turban
(Eric the Afghan) gives her the clue.
||About 30km of the former Great Northern Railway to Asia (GNR)
has been preserved (still on track) as the Old Ghan (anagram of ‘hang’) Railway.
As the helicopter approaches the Old Ghan Railway Museum, Suzi spots a steam
train from the air. She lands, waits for the train to arrive, boards, runs through
the carriages to the bar (where barristers are called) and finds the clue under
a rainbow window (‘Over The Rainbow’ was sung by Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard
||The helicopter follows the Todd River to the Alice Springs
Telegraph Station (Charles Moore is editor of ‘The Daily Telegraph’). When she
enters the Visitor Centre’s Post Telegraph Office, Suzi finds a message written
in Morse code (the first telegraph message sent was ‘What hath God wrought’).
It reads “Treasure Hunt: your clue has just arrived from the
.-- . .- -.- .” which the contestants
correctly translate as ‘Peake’. Suzi finds the clue in the nearby pigeon-hole
labelled The Peake.
||The helicopter heads south-west (8 o’clock) to the Alice Springs
Desert Park (great Sandy is a famous Australian desert, pudding = dessert, park).
In the Waterhole Exhibit (in a river area, birdy billabong), Suzi meets Kylie
who is holding tray of Witchetty (Cossidae) grubs. The clue (a note, not a tube)
is under them. Kylie eats a grub and offers one to Suzi. She bites off half
and gives the other half to Simon, who eats it (!).
||Suzi notices a nearby sign ‘Awaye Flat’ (away: E flat) and
enters the area. Staff member John is supervising a spear-throwing session near
some Witchetty (of your previous grub) bushes (George Bush Snr and George W
Bush are the 41st and 43rd US presidents). John invites Suzi to dig beside one
of the bushes (do you dig it), and she finds the buried treasure.
Information © David Hodges, 2003
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