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Published: November 18th 2018
A sacred place to the Aborigines
So we drove on the bus for 285 miles of mostly desert. We checked in to our hotel. We went for a short swim at the pool. In the evening, we drove over to the viewing area of Ayres Rock and had some Champagne and watched the sun set on Ayres Rock. It was spectacular. After that, we drove to the Earth Sanctuary World Nature Center for a barbeque and talk about the indigenous peoples and the stars.
The next morning, we were supposed to get up at 4:00 am and watch the sunrise over Ayres Rock. We knew it was going to be cloudy and we decided to sleep in. So far on this bus trip, we have had to get up around 5:30 am or 6:00 am every morning. Stacy has been a little bit cranky!
When we finally got up, we joined our group for a walk right by Ayres Rock. There was a little drizzle so I wore my rain jacket and Stacy used her umbrella. We then went over to the visitor center for a while. Later we took a 1.6 mile hike at Walpa Gorge. This gorge is in the Olgas, which is
a group of huge rocks near Ayres Rock. We then headed back for another sunset and champagne by the Olgas.
The next morning, we packed up and walked over to the town center to see an Aborigines woman. She showed us different stories about her tribe by drawing in the sand. An interpreter then explained what see she was drawing and saying. After that we drove to the airport and got on a plane to Cairns. Cairns is in the north east corner of Australia and looks a lot like Hawaii. Same weather too. Hot, humid with tropical breezes.
We went out last night and had a really nice Italian dinner. This morning, we departed our hotel and got on the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a ride to the top of the surrounding mountains. We stopped in the village of Kuranda for awhile before taking the Skyrail back down to the bottom. This looks like a ski lift, except it goes over the rain forest. Then the bus picked us up and dropped us off at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. Guess what was there! Yes, crocodiles. Also kangeroos, Wallabys and Koalas. In fact, I got to hold a Koala
for a photo.
They raise crocodiles for their meat and skins here. It is quite the commercial success. Then it was back to the hotel for some dinner and some much needed rest! Tomorrow we go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.
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