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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays October 23rd 2007

Today was a long travel day. It was up early on the road by 6:30 am. It was about 700k to the wharf to get the boat to long island. This is a day where they will leave people behind if you are not ready in time as we have to make the last ferry of the day. No one on my tour was left behind but I know someone was on another tour last year. We stopped at Townsville for lunch for an hour or two where we could shop and stock up on supplies. We were unable to buy alco to take to the island though however I think a few people managed to sneak some on the boat across in their luggage. We arrived in Airlee Beach and were given around 45 minutes ... read more
Airlee Beach
Airlee Beach
Long Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns October 20th 2007

We had some time in the morning to hang out and shop.. in the limited shopping... of Alice Springs and said goodbye to those not coming onto the East Coast. We were driven to the airport where it was more goodbyes and then we flew to cairns. I cant remember what airline took us there but we were all seated together at he back of the plane. I can't remember how long the flight is but I think only 2-3 hours. Shaz and Phil, our east coast tour guide and driver, picked us up from the airport and took us to our hotel. We had a meeting regarding optionals on the east coast and then went to dinner in town. We didn't have a late night in town. Carins full day 1 - Sun 21.10.07 1st ... read more
Woolshed
Dancing on tables at woolshed
Dancing on tables at woolshed

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs October 19th 2007

The next morning we got up early and packed up our swags and then did our optionals. I did the Camel ride. Others did the AVT's. Everyone seemed to enjoy it enough. After that we headed back to Alice Springs. We stopped for our group photo at Simpsons Gap. It was our down and dirty photo so we all laid on the ground and stacked on top of each other. It was a slightly painful photo but lots of fun. We then stopped at Anzac Hill the look out over the entire Alice Springs and also the telegraph station. Tonight's optional dinner was the blow out dinner. It was really worth it out of the meals you pay for. If you do not do the optional you can still go to the restaurant and order your ... read more
Simpsons Gap
Simpsons Gap
Annie, Amy, Gemma and Me at Blowout dinner

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » King's Canyon October 18th 2007

We headed for the Kings Canyon hike. Our guides prepared us all morning for the 3 hour hike. We had to drink water all morning. About 10 people 'do the hike I prepared myself but didn't go because i was worried about heights. About 10 people didn't go so we hiked and explored the canyon from the ground while we waited for the others. After that we continued the trip to Kings Creek Station a working camel station. Tonight we were spending the night in swags. We got together as a team and unloaded the truck of all the swags blankets and sheets. A sheet and blanket were placed in the swag. A blanket was also used rolled up as a pillow. We set up our swags and then had dinner cooked up by the cowboys. ... read more
Down in the Canyon
In the Canyon
The group hiking up the start

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru October 17th 2007

Today was our long long day but very worth it. I cant remember what time we got up and left but i think it was 4 or 5 am. We traveled to Uluru and had breakfast and watched the sunrise over the rock. It was the rock we actually watched and not the sun rise. The rock actually changes colour as the sun comes up it goes from grey to purple to pinky to the orange and red during the day. We took lots of pictured and then were given a few hours to walk around the base of the rock (takes about 2 2.5 hrs). We walked around the rock. Along the way some of us ran into an old lady who fell over and we had to help her and call an ambulance. It ... read more
Ayres Rock in morning
Sun hitting rock
The part of the rock you walk up - only open around 40 % of the year.

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru October 16th 2007

This morning I did the optional bush tucker tour in Alice Springs. It was good. Learnt more about the aboriginals and how some of them still live today. We got to taste Damper, Kangaroo and Grub. The grub should be eaten alive. No one on our tour would do it though so it was cooked up. There was a chance to buy Aboriginal jewelery arts and crafts made on site. We then traveled onto Uluru. I cant remember what happened along the way or what we saw. The rooms were our cell rooms. tiny with 4 bunks. Once again no tv and communal showers. Dinner you could buy from the shop or else you could buy food and meet and cook your own bbq. Most of us had an early night due to our very early ... read more
Kangaroo tail
Kite flying in the sky
Emus at one of our Roadhouse stops

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs October 15th 2007

Today we stopped at Wycliff Wells the most famous place in Australia for UFO sightings. The highlight of today would be stopping at Devil's Marbles. Majority of people found that as impressive or more impressive then Ularu. The devils marbles are large boulder all stacked on top of each other. They look really cool. It is a sacred site. The Aboriginals believed the Devils Marbles were the Rainbow Serpents eggs. Other people believed they were from a UFO. The rocks scared people in the early days. The place is all flat and dry nothing around and then suddenly the weird shaped rocks appear. The rocks are fun to look around and explore. If you have a good mind you can also make some entertaining photos. People have photos holding up the rocks on their backs, splitting ... read more
Devils Marbles
Devils Marbles
Devils Marbles

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Tennant Creek October 14th 2007

Today was our long drive day. Breakfast was 700 and we departed 7:45. We had a dress up day today to make it fun. Dally waters is also a vey crazy little pub so dress up lunch was the thing to do. Our theme was P. First stop was Mataranka Thermal Pools an Elsey Homestead. I did not walk down to the thermals though those that did did not swim as there were lots of flying foxes in the trees and poo in and around the thermal springs. After that it was about 2.5 hours to Dally Waters Pub. It is a great little place totally random. I dressed up in pjs - comfy bus ride. Some of the other from top of head were pregnant, prisoner, postcard, pillow, pimp, plant, puppy. Dally waters was full ... read more
Daly Waters
Daly Waters
Daly Waters

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine » Katherine Gorge October 13th 2007

We traveled south from Kakadu to Katherine. We stopped at a swim at a waterfall. Then we headed into Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine George. I did the optional George cruise. It was no where near as good as the Kakadu cruise but it was nice to be in the gorge and see the area. There were fresh water crocs but only a few people saw them. We went past a few breeding grounds. The river was low so the boat could not go through the entire gorge system but we got to get out and hike it and go for a swim. There was an Aboriginal display too of weapons and Didgeridoos. Contiki people got to have a try at the Didge. That night for Dinner we celebrated a birthday for one of the travelers ... read more
Katherine George Cruise
Katherine George Cruise
Katherine George


Today we spent exploring Kakadu National Park too. There was an optional flight over Kakadu which i did not do but I would if i went back. The pics from other people were amazing. WE then explored more Aboriginal art and learnt about the history and culture. We boared a Wildlife cruise. It does not guarantee sightseeing of crocs but you do see them like 99.9% of the time. Our guide was incredible. Very funny and knowledgeable and told funny stories of her aboriginal culture and bringing up. She found us a croc. He was huge. The croc swam along side the boat staring at us. His size and power blew me away. He was swimming right next to me just looking. The photos and video I got could not do him justice. Seeing one in ... read more
Rock Art - Kakadu
Rock Art - Kakadu
Kakadu NP




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