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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock October 29th 2015

Continued from Part 2... Day 8: We awake early, as we have a long day on the road. We shower and make some eggs for breakfast. It seems like we’ve been moving quick but we are not on the road until about 9:30. This is supposed to be a boring day in the van, and the road doesn’t disappoint. Once again there is literally nothing out here except this road. Though today at least we can see the train tracks for the train that runs from Darwin to Adelaide. The soil is red and desert brush trees are everywhere. I can see why people say it’s easy to fall asleep at the wheel in the Outback. We stop at a little homestay called Marla for gas and then for lunch a few kilometers up the road ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock April 30th 2015

We have two overnight stops before we arrive at Coober Pedy these are purely pull in parks and rest for the night although one at Woomera is famous for being a secret rocket testing station during WW2. We have stayed here before and explored the museum and seen the display of rockets on show so this time we use the park simply as a stopover. Coober Pedy is the Opal Capital of the world producing 85% of the worlds opal.With a fascinating history Coober Pedy has attracted miners from all over the world since 1915 when Opal was first found here. In January 1915 A small group of gold prospectors camped here and were searching for water when the 14 year old son of one of the group found pieces of Opal on the surface, eight ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock March 15th 2015

A leisurely start to the day with a taxi ride to the airport. Our first flight was from Adelaide to Alice Springs. Walking down the steps from the plane to the tarmac was a pleasant surprise, hot and dry. Just a few minutes in the airport before we walked back out to the plane to Ayers Rock. This plane was less than a quarter full, and so after take off Lyn moved to a window seat on the port side and I took one on the starbard side. Lyn got the best view and photos of Uluru as we approached the airport. We were collected at the airport and there was just enough time to book in at the hotel before catching the coach for the Sunset tour. This tour took us into the national park ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock February 4th 2015

Just had two amazing days in the Red Centre. We arrived at Alice Springs late afternoon, had a quick swim then went for a walk-about. Not a lot to see or do there, quite an odd little town really as the modern parts have just been built on a grid system with not a lot of style or thought behind them! We went up to a viewing point to watch the sunset and then to the only decent restaurant we could find. All the people are lovely so our stay was very short but pleasant. Early next morning we got a coach to Ayers Rock. That's about 450km so took about 6 hours with a couple of pit-stops for refreshment. No sign of any wildlife except for a few kangaroos and camels in enclosures at the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock December 25th 2014

23 decembre 2014 : Lever a 8h30. Petit dejeuner puis piscine toute la matinee. A 13h00 nous allons manger au Walpa, le restaurant pres de la reception de l'hotel. A 15h00, le bus vient nous chercher pour aller voir Kata Tjuta puis pour retourner voir le Uluru au soleil couchant, cette fois-ci. Le Uluru change un peu de couleur a ce moment-la. Nous finissons cette journee avec quelques amuse-gueules et un peu de vin australien. Nous rentrons a l'hotel a 20h15 et preparons nos valises pour demain. Nous rentrerons a Cessnock retrouver Andrew et Nadia et preparer Noel. 24 decembre 2014 : Lever a 7h30, petit dejeuner copieus a 8h00, douche puis a 10h30 check out. Nous faisons corriger la note "deux boissons facturees non consommees au frigo de la chambre). Le bus pour l'aeroport arrive ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock December 22nd 2014

20 decembre 2014 : Lever a 5h00. Petit dejeuner puis douche et nous sommes prets a partir. Depart pour l'aeroport de Sydney a 6h00. Avec les embouteillages, nous arrivons a 8h45, pour un vol prevu a 10h30. Impression des tickets a la machine automatique et nous arrivons a la porte indiquee, numero 55, a 9h15. A 9h40, nous nous apercevons que la porte d'embarquement a change, et que maintenant c'est la porte 54. Nous surveillons le tableau en permanence, heureusement, car un quart d'heure plus tard c'est maintenant la porte 53. L'hotesse nous previent qu'il y a un probleme d'ordinateur et que nous decollerons avec une heure de retard, a savoir vers 11h30. Finallement, nous decollons a 11h20. Nous arrivons a Ayers rock a 14h10, soit 13h40, heure locale. Un bus de l'hotel nous attend a ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock December 22nd 2014

21 decembre 2014 ; Lever a 4h00pour aller visiter ce fameux caillou. Nous partons en petit groupe dans un mini-bus, Arrive sur place, environ une heure avant le lever du soleil, on nous offre un petit dejuner, puis du haut de cette petite dune, nous regardons le soleil se lever. Malheureusement, il se leve a gauche de notre Uluru et non pas derriere. Dommage, car avec le ciel couvert que nous avons ca aurait pu etre magique (comme le Machu Picchu au Perou il y a deux ans). Nous faisons ensuite le tour du Uluru avec quelques arrets et les explications de notre guide-chauffeur. Nous nous arretons ensuite au Centre Culturel oun il y a des souvenirs, hors de prix, en vente. Je suis un peu decu, car nous sommes dans le parc Uluru-Kata Tjuta, dont ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock December 22nd 2014

22 decembre 2014 : Lever a 7h30. Super nuit et super petit dejeuner, presque un brunch, puis nous piquons une tete dans la piscine. A midi, nous mangeons une pizza, toujours au Geckos, et allons reserver un tour pour demain. Nous partons ensuite visiter le Outback Pionner Hotel & Lodge, qui est sympa mais d'un niveau inferieur a notre hotel. Nous montons ensuite a un point de vue d'ou on voit bien l'Uluru. Nous rentrons a l'hotel et je mets mon blog a jour.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock December 16th 2014

Moji milí, píšu se zpožděním, z cest a bez dlouhodobého připojení k internetu: takže v bodech ;) Uluru je aboriginske jméno, nyní také oficiální Anglicky název je Ayers Rock Mouchy jsou vsude…Pripadaly jsme si jako kravy ;) Jde o monolit (jeden kousek O:)) z pískovce Vysoký 348 metrů, 3,6 km dlouhý a 1,9 km široký Nedaleká Káťa Tjuta (aboriginsky) neboli Olgas je sou-hoří (něco jako souhvězdí) 36 hor, které kdysi tvořily s Uluru jednu horu A teď přichází háček: oni stále tvoří jednu horu, nicméně pod zemí - jsou propojeny horou ve tvaru bumerangu. Uluru sice ční do 348 metrů, nicméně pod zemí se "tyči" až do 5 km Viděly jsme klokana!! Jely jsme na východ slunce a špatně NEodbocily, tak jsme si udělaly malou procházku (já fotila na posvátných - zakázaných - místech, rozumějte... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock December 1st 2014

On Sunday it was time for me to leave Ayers Rock and head to Melbourne. I was up and ready to go in plenty of time to catch the shuttle bus to the airport and then took the 12 noon flight which was only a couple of hours, but dispute to the time difference I landed in Melbourne at 4pm. I collected my bags and got a shuttle bus to my hostel in the city centre. I checked in and the first dorm I went to on the 3rd floor was an 8 bed room which looked a wreck with clothes and belongings strewn everywhere like bomb had exploded in a suitcase! Added to the fact that I couldn't see a spare bed except a top bunk with no bedding on but someone's stuff some had ... read more




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