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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 11th 2009

Del Jueves 2 al Martes 7-Abr-09 Esta parte del viaje la voy a realizar en un mítico tren llamado Ghan y que atraviesa todo el desierto australiano hasta llegar a Alice Spring, justo en el centro, el viaje dura 23 horas y aunque hay unas cabinas cojonudas con camas estupendas que incluyen la cena y tal y tal, yo me conformo con un asientito normal (que eso si, tiene dos posiciones de reclinado) y gracias a unas tarifas de súper oferta, por que hasta estos asientos son bastante caros. Tanto el tren como el viaje están bien, aunque ambos han perdido bastante la emoción y ese regusto a aventura que tuviera en otros tiempos, este tren es ya bastante “moderno”, con su aire acondicionado, ventanas y puertas dobles y selladas, restaurante, duchas, asientos individuales, lo ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 5th 2009

Alice Springs airport consists of a short runway, two shacks, and thats it. Pretty cool. Especially after the big commericalism that i hated so much about the bloody east coast. All around there was desert, dusty, red, desert. I had one day to recover from two early morning bed times and two early morngin wake ups before having to get up at half four for my five am pick up, which was late. Not a good start. There were 13 of us on the bus, but only 9 were doing the six day tour, while the other 4 were doing a two day. We drove for a fair few hours before our first big stop. Kings Canyon. This is a fascinating canyon with almost alien and lunar rock formations carved from years of wind and rain ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 2nd 2009

After a good nights sleep (the room had much needed air conditioning) although a bit short , we woke up at 5am ready for watching sunrise. Again we take the Uluru Express bus to the car park to watch sunrise at 6.54 am. Along with about 200 other visitors we wait and get our positions ready for the sun to light up this famous rock. We were provided with a hot drink and biscuits while we waited and started taking pictures of the sunrise in front of Ayers Rock and the rock it self as the colour got more red by the minute. The sky was perfectly clear and blue as the sun rose and the shadows were quite amazing. Uluru is 3.6km long and 348 metres high and is sacred in Anangu law. At ... read more
Ayers Rock Sunrise
Ayers Rock Sunrise
Ayers Rock Sunrise

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 1st 2009

Yesterday was spent packing and getting organised to leave the home comforts of Aunty Rose and Tony's house so no blog was typed and no pictures taken! This morning we left the house at 8am and headed for Perth domestic airport to catch our flight to Ayers Rock. It was sad to say goodbye to Aunty Rose and Tony as they have looked after us so well and we didn't feel ready to leave as we were enjoying our stay so much. Our flight departed on time at 10.10am it was a small and quiet plane that took us north east to Ayers Rock airport. The time in the Northern Territory is 1.5 hours ahead of Perth and we land at 2pm local time. The airport is tiny as it only caters for a few flights ... read more
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Ayers Rock sunset
Ayers Rock sunset

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru March 27th 2009

Whitney and I have been very busy since she's been here. The day after she arrived was St. Patty's Day! :) So we all got dressed in green and went out to the Down Under Bar. We got home around midnight and then had to wake up VERY early the next morning (4 am to be exact) and be on a plane by 7am. We were flying to ULURU! The second largest rock in the world (the first is also in Australia) We only stayed one night but we got to see the sunset and the sunrise on the rock. It was beautiful and well worth the lack of sleep. I'm posting lots of pictures. Love, Nicole ... read more
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Whitney in front of Uluru
Waiting for sunset

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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru March 2nd 2009

Wow it's hot here!! The air is so dry and it's beating down....40 deg.C or more.. The train journey on The Ghan from Adelaide was pretty slow actually, but apparently that's because it's a very long train and a single track railway, so the danger is derailment in an isolated place...nasty. We had a Red sleeper cabin, which is basically like a wardrobe with pull down bunk beds! Nick slept ok but I had trouble with the constant movement. Still it was a great way to meet other travellers and the staff we pretty friendly. (I wouldn't recommend the food on this service, you had to buy your own food in the cafe style diner car) So Alice Springs is really hot so I had a bit of a swim in the pool and then before ... read more
Camel riding at Camel farm stop!
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 24th 2009

11 Feb Stopped at Mon Repos Beach Turtle sanctuary. Sounds great - Loggerhead turtles are an endangered species and anything to help save them has to be a good thing. Don’t think they are going about it the right way though. We expected to stand behind a rope and have the magical experience of seeing baby turtles hatching and running down to the beach. Sadly it had been turned into a bit of a tourist circus. The baby turtles were practically dug up by the ‘rangers’, then passed around like sweets for people to prod and poke. Their finally humiliation was to have to run between the legs children to get to the sea - I was disgusted and walked away at this point. I think they should be ashamed of themselves, I don’t call this ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 24th 2009

Hopefully this will be the photos! COuldn't get them all on - but there is the road train that had to pull us out of the mud; a red kangaroo;floods in Bourke; Birdsville track and uluru. More later... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 18th 2009

After leaving Perth region, we flew to the desert. We hired a car at Ayrs Rock and (Jon) drove to the Kings Canyon, which was about 4 hours away. We stayed in a prison cell type of room in the 'resort' (at least we didn't have to camp in a tent, as it was boiling). We were right next to the kitchen and it was pretty irritating because, despite massive notices everywhere, people just keep leaving the doors open to the kitchen, and the toilet block, and the dingos would come in, streaking all the rubbish on the floor next to our room. I got over it, eventually, but when I saw one girl leave the gate open, I did tell her off (I am becoming like my dad). Althought the accommodation for that night was ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 5th 2009

HEY ALL, OKAY IN THE OUTBACK WHICH IS AMAZING...SO REMOTE!! Been up to so much! visited devils marbels with lots and lots of very cool rocks, Fed a baby wallaby, climbed kings canyon (OH MY GOD) that was so so so hard, possibly the hardest things little old me has ever done!! Seen aligators, bought traditional abo art, pretty cool, done quad bikes and camped in Swags under the stars and had a wicked camp fire! Have climbed Uluru, Ayres rock (part of it any ways), got Helicopter flight now, watched sunrise this morn, watching sunset with 40 bottle of champs between 20!! whoop whoop!!! To come....Hot air balooning, Sky dive, scuba, bungee........prob oads more!! Will give a much more detailed insight on my next log in but am about to shoot for the flight, planes ... read more




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