Published: September 8th 2009June 22nd 2009
Swags, snags and a load of big rocks We stepped off the plane at Alice Springs tiny airport to the scorching heat and clear skies that we had long since forgotten after a winter in Melbourne.
We also were filled with trepidation as it had been a while since we had travelled and since then we had settled down in our nice flat and had money coming in so it was going to be a complete change again.
The next morning arrived and we were straight on to our 3 day trip around Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta in the red centre. There were 23 people in our group and only the 3 Brits and a real diverse spread of nationalities and walks of life. The first day after stopping at a tiny roadhouse we walked around the incredibly impressive Kata Tjuta (Olgas) rock formation. The deep red of the rock and dust contrasted wildly with the green of the trees and deep blue of the sky to form a truly memorable landscape.
Sunrises and sunsets That night we saw the sunset on Uluru and watched as the colours changed and mixed on the mighty rock, all the time unsuccessfully trying to capture the transition on our cameras.
The following morning after a literally freezing cold night under the stars in nothing but swags and sleeping bags, we saw the sunrise at Uluru and undertook a 2 hour base walk around the perimeter to see it in all its glory, as well as to watch the people climb it (strongly against the will of the Aboriginal owners).
Another camp fire, plenty of bbq food and a freezing night under the spectacular clear night sky and we had a long walk through the magnificent Kings Canyon which was a highlight of the trip so far, the views being spectacular. On the way back to Alice we saw Brumbys (wild horses) and wild camels amongst other wildlife, dead and alive, and stopped in a remote cattle station just before getting back to town for a night on the grog with the group.
With two days to kill before we caught the train up to Darwin we visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service museum, informative old settlement of the Telegraph Station and the dryest botanical gardens you'll ever come accross and we started to really enjoy the
town which to start out with we thought was fairly dull, and after a few more nights of shared accommodation in a big dorm we definitely got back into the swing of travelling again.
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