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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

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!
The Olgas
First look out point  in the Valley of the Winds

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

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 4th 2009

Liebe Freunde! Heute schon beim Ayers Rock gewesen, ziemlich in der Frueh! So um 3.30h aufgestanden, um 5h abgeholt worden und per Bus (Coach) in den National Park kutschiert worden. Den Sandsteinhaufen bei Sonnenaufgang betrachtet. Was fuer ein Erlebnis! Die Farben sind ueberaus praechtig! Der Stein, der ja nur wie bei einem Eisberg zu einem kleinen Bruchteil aus der Erde lugt, in seiner Formation unheimlich schoen! Ein wenig den Berg entlanggegangen, leider zeitbedingt nicht umrundet... :-( Aber das absolute Highlight, das kaum mehr zu ueberbieten sein wird, hab ich jetzt gerade hinter mich gebracht: und am liebsten wuerd ich sofort wieder abheben! Im Hubschaubaer ueber Ayers Rock und den danebenliegenden Olgas Rock, der weniger beruehmt, nicht aus einem Stueck, nicht heilig fuer die Aborigines, und sonstiges nicht ist. Dafuer hoeher, aber vor allem fast schoener, jedenfalls ... read more

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

At Christmas 2008 my husband and I travelled to Australia to have Christmas with my daughter and her husband who have been living there since February 2007. Neither my husband nor I have been there before so my daughter arranged lots of activities for us including Ayers rock. We thoroughly enjoyed the bus trip photo opportunity, and native Aboriginal walk around the rock but it was a little difficult for my daughter to be away from the resort for too long as she is pregnant. As she was getting off the bus to rush to the resort reception toilet a family of Germans who had been on the trip too accosted her about sunglasses. She did not understand their broken English and told them she was going to the toilet. On her way to the toilet ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru December 26th 2008

Thought it would be a good idea to escape the cityscapes of Christmas tinsel and holiday music and head to the outback. Christmas in Uluru. What could be better? Maybe I should of thought about the fact that it is the middle of summer here and apparently desert landscapes can get quite hot! This is probably why I don't like to plan things, my less intelligent side tends to make those decisions. I have always wanted to see Uluru and had read so many wonderful things about the place that I was worried that it would be disappointing. It's hard to live up to built up expectations. I was a bit apprehensive about going there. What if it wasn't this mystical place that is so often reported by visitors? What if I got there and it ... read more
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Kata Tjuta
Matt throwing a spear




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