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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 29th 2014

Hi travel followers. Time for the latest update on our retirement adventures. For the last 4 days we have set up camp at the Yulara Desert Resort campgrounds and been touring the area trying to take in everything we can including Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olga's). First up while the weather was good we decided to climb the rock to the top. What views are to be had from up there and I must say it was one fantastic experience. Lyn also made it with lots of encouragement and coaching. That afternoon we took a 3hr sunset camel ride/tour through the desert which took in the rock and sunset over the desert. Again another fantastic experience that will stay with us forever. Day two and we headed towards Kata Tjuta (the Olga's) and ... read more
The Olgas
Lyn on top of the rock and Olgas behind
Graeme on top of the rock and Olgas behind

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 26th 2014

Hi travel followers. I thought it was about time I updated our travel blog on our adventures. From Woomera we moved on to Coober Pedy (375kms) as there was basically nothing in between. When I say nothing, I mean only open, flat roads with no towns, no properties, no cattle or sheep and no wild life including kangaroos or Emu's etc. The scenery was fantastic, but that was about it. We decided to set up camp at Coober Pedy for 5 nights as there was quite a bit to see and do and a few things I wanted to cross off the "Bucket List" like visiting the opal fields and going down a working Opal mine, visiting the Coober Pedy Golf Course (reciprical rights with St Andrews in Scotland) visiting the Breakaways and the "moon plains", ... read more
Sturt Desert Pea
The Breakaways
The Opal Fields at fourteen Mile

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru May 7th 2014

Dear Fellow Travellers WOW! Seriously wow! I knew Uluru was big and magical but my memory doesn’t do it justice and neither do photos. It didn’t take long for all my Uluru expectations to be blown, to put it in literal terms it took about 10 seconds. As we were driving down the highway, BAM there it was. Still 50kilometres or so away dad and I couldn’t believe how big it is and we still hadn’t even arrived there yet. When you ask people who have been to Uluru, I guarantee you they’ll tell you that you must watch the sun rise and set over the rock and I couldn’t agree more. Starting our only day here with one of the best sunrise this country has to offer we were off to a good start. We ... read more
Uluru sunrise
Sunset
The Rock

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 27th 2014

Hi all! Prepare yourself for the most spectacular photos yet! I have just spent 3 nights in the centre of Australia, in Uluru. Also known as 'The Red Centre'! Or as I like to call it... PROPER AUSTRALIA! :-) During my time here I visited Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta... I enjoyed many beautiful but very challenging walks, sunrises and sunsets over both rock formations, an amazing dinner under the stars, a tour of the southern hemisphere's night sky, indigenous dancing and a huge amount of information on the culture and traditions of the Anangu people, which was so fascinating. All so special and I feel very privileged to be a part of it. This is by far the most amazing experience I have had so far! Lots of love, Miss Jo x PS. Next stop ... read more
Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta - Winking Rock!
Kata Tjuta

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 21st 2014

After our second stint in Adelaide it was time to head north towards drier regions. On our way we decided to take a quick stop in Adelaide Hills in an Aussie petting zoo. We had previously read about it and dismissed the idea of petting kangaroos as activities for small children, but our host in Adelaide warmly recommended the experience and when she told us there are other interesting animals like Tasmanian devils there at least I was sold. The petting zoo exceeded our expectations from the first steps through the door. The first thing we saw was a group of potoroos (think of it as a kangaroo of the size of a rat – really cute!) that we could give small pieces of fruit, and from there we moved to bigger beasts all the way ... read more
Adelaide Hills - Potoroo
Adelaide Hills - Feeding kangaroos
Adelaide Hills - Tasmanian devil

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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 15th 2014

The Final Part the Red Centre tour: Uluru Just say the word out loud now – fun isn’t it? Rhythmic and lyrical, like a profession of love with a mouthful of lamington. The Rock stands as a beacon, a honeypot, an inescapable must-see for any voyager to the land down under. That was how I rationalised the excursion anyway. Fair play say I to anyone who makes it all the way out there to see it – apart from those who take the direct flight out to the resort. That’s cheating. Having spent 12 hours on an overland train from Darwin to Alice Springs I felt I’d earned my kudos, add that to the 6 hour bus ride to Uluru and I have to say my expectations were pretty high. We arrived on Anangu land and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 11th 2014

An early one today..........up at 04.30 to get the Uluru Sunrise tour. Spectacular watching the sky and cloud colour changes and the effect on the "RocK". Then we did a trip round the base, stopping at various points. Our driver guide was very knowledgeable, having been brought up in the Aboriginal tradition. The climb wasn't open because rain was forecast. But we weren't going to do it anyway, as the elders frown upon it. And when we saw what it was like, I don't think we'd have done it - looked extremely difficult! Finished up in the Cultural Centre, where you learn more about the history and customs and have the opportunity to buy tribal artefacts. Last couple of pics are cave drawings! Got back to the hotel about 10 and had plenty of time for ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 10th 2014

Up at 05 something this morning for the coach trip to Yulara (Ayer's Rock/Uluru).........stopped off at camel farm.......Erdlunga..........Mt Coner Lookout........before arriving at hotel just after 1........sandwich lunch.........walk into town (very hot but not a lot happening)...........refreshing dip in the pool...........before heading off on the Uluru Sunset trip complete with drinks and nibbles......and followed by an Aussie BBQ complete with Kangaroo steaks - didn't taste a lot different from cow. And then a bit of stargazing. Up even earlier tomorrow to see the sun rise on Uluru..........are we really on holiday?!? Some pics attached.......... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru November 5th 2013

Alarm at 4am ready for a pickup at 4.30! This morning it's Uluru sunrise and a cultural walk around the base of Uluru. Today's is a 5k walk so slightly worried!! The sunrise is even better than the sunset. The changing colours of Uluru are just fabulous as the sun starts to hit the sandstone. I was worried that I wouldn't get to feel the spirituality of the place but didn't need to worry, and the walk after with a very knowledgable and enthusiastic guide just made the trip. Even if she was a Canadian. We walked around about 50% of the base in two sections split by a coffee stop (and breakfast) at the cultural centre. Our guide explained all about the Aboriginal beliefs of the local tribes who are collectively called the Anangu. Tjukurpa ... read more
Sunrise at Uluru
Base walk
The whale

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru November 4th 2013

So today we leave Sydney and head off to Ayers Rock or Uluru as the natives like you to call it. We're flying to Ayers Rock though so obviously Australian airport authority doesn't care! We used the train again as our hotel was so close to the station. Trains here are double deckers. Very cool. Remember what I said about it being an ordinary commuter train? Well I have now found out that if you get off at the airport stops the fare is $15. If you get off the next stop down then it's only $4!!!! Rip off eh! At least London runs special train services to charge you three times the price. Talking of airports there was quite a queue for bag drop off. Not a problem you would say, you're on holiday so ... read more
First glimpse of the red desert
First glimpse of Uluru
Kata Tjuta walk




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