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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock January 28th 2013

Geo: -25.3393, 130.889"Sails in the Desert" is one of the best hotels in Ayers Rock Resort and has even been refurbished further since our last visit. We had flown overnight from Singapore to Sydney and had no sleep thanks to watching movies, dining etc. The transfer to Domestic for the flight to Ayers Rock was thankfully swiftly done as was the transfer by coach to the hotel. It had been raining in Sydney but here in the red centre of Australia it was hot and sunny. After the inevitable beer by the pool on arrival, we crashed out in our room and slept for 3 hours to catch up. The rooms are lovely and large as is the bathroom, much better than the hotel in Singapore. We had prebooked the “Sounds of Silence” dinner as I ... read more
Uluru from the air
Didgiredoo  player
Tiz with Uluru in the background

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock August 10th 2012

Michael and I shared a room at the Grand Medina Hotel. He woke up at 300am due to the jet lag, however I told him to think of koala bears and kangaroo’s. This must have done the trick, somewhat, went back to sleep. Michael and I finally got up at 530am. I worked on sorting photos and Michael went to the lobby to FaceTime friends. At 630pm Cindy’s Dad was up. I went across the street to the Town Hall train station area to fetch breakfast, Danish. The room had coffee. We left the hotel at 730am and returned to the Sydney airport, but the domestic section. Prior to departing, we waited in the Qantas Business Lounge. Our flight to Ayers Rock was delayed by 40 minutes. The pilot indicated the cause was due to strong ... read more
Cindy's Dad, Michael and I at sunset in front of Ayers Rock
Sunset view of Ayers Rock
Pool area at our hotel, Desert Garden Inn

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock July 4th 2012

Day 5 – Wednesday July 4th – Uluru/ Kata Tjuta We rolled out of bed at 6.15am and rolled straight into the car for the short drive into the National Park for the sunrise viewing of Uluru. Leaving the campsite the car showed the outside temperature to be 2 degrees Celsius but as we got closer to the rock it slowly dropped and dropped to well below zero! As we got out of the car (again, with at least a couple of hundred other tourists) it was minus 4! The sunrise spot gives you not only a great view of the Rock but also Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) in the distance. The angle of the sun actually gave a more spectacular show over Kata Tjuta than Uluru. Frozen through, Luke and Hazel wimped out and took ... read more
Sunrise at Uluru
The Olgas in the background
Unfortunately the climb was closed due to high winds

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock July 3rd 2012

Day 4 – Tuesday July 3rd – Coober Pedy to Uluru A peek outside the tent at 7.15 am saw the sky an amazing mix of orange shades as the sun was rising. The stars slowly faded and the sun appeared over the horizon. 2 degrees overnight. Brrrrr. With 750 kms to drive today we were keen to get going quite early. After filling up with diesel in town we hit the Stuart Highway at 8.45am. It’s an easy drive – nice and straight and a mostly smooth road. Occasional 4wds, camper trailers and road trains to negotiate. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets continues. Who opened the chamber?? Our first unsealed driving experience the day before had taken its toll on the trailer. At the Mount Ebenzer Roadhouse (now closed down if ... read more
At Riba's campsite in Coober Pedy
Sunrise at Coober Pedy
Sunset at Uluru

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock June 17th 2012

Ayers Rock via A Town called Alice It’s me again. Well we spent 5 days in Alice Springs where Wayne and Gaile got all the work done on their caravan they needed to do. I spent my birthday there and we didn’t do much as Jim has been pretty sick has got a bad flue even though he had a flue injection. He has been unwell for 6 days now, seems to be getting very slowly better. We went into the mall in Alice on my birthday and Jim bought me an Aboriginal painting and I bought an Aboriginal handbag - both are really nice. We didn’t go out for dinner as it was too cold. We stocked up at the supermarket, it’s great to have a Woolworths to shop at again. The locals ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock May 24th 2012

24th May To Uluru! This morning we drove back to King’s Canyon and we all saw a dingo! Just trotting around near the parking area! Then Howard, Matt and Rob went off to do the King’s Canyon Rim Walk while Debbie and I stayed in the MH, chatted and drank tea! The look of the sheer steps with no hand rails going straight up to the top of the canyon was enough to put us off, we reckoned they would be quicker without us anyway so we were doing them a favour really ha ha. They returned in record time and said it was fantastic but Matt and Rob were soon lying down for a kip! We carried on to the Uluru resort area where we checked into the campsite. I have now been officially sacked ... read more
Kata Tjuta

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock April 15th 2012

Back in, maybe, Nov 2011, I suggested to Amy & Bridget that we should holiday together at one of the more iconic Australian travel spots. Uluru got the ‘thumbs up’ pretty much straight away. I got the plane tickets and accommodation booked in early Dec 2011. As a Christmas present for the girls I purchased us each a helicopter flight over Uluru & Kata Tjuta. Finally the time to travel arrived! An Easter Monday (09/Apr/12) 6.00am pick-up from the girls place. Quiet roads, easy drive, to Parking Port in Tullamarine ($29 Cudo voucher for the 4 days). We stop next to the shuttle bus, sign papers waiting on desk, move bags from boot to boot and we’re off. Qantas drop off a little while later, self check in kiosk, self bag drop, personal security screening – ... read more
Bojangles Saloon
Emu Walk Apartment
Climb Closed

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock April 4th 2012

It was an early wake up call, especially because we were up much later than usual at our dinner. Watching the sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is an inspiring experience. Watching the changing of colors of Uluru was a breathtaking experience. The sunset and sunrise tours are a true must. We were both so exited to experience the Outback. “The colour changes result from the effects of the earth's atmosphere on the sun's incoming rays. The ash, dust particles and water vapor present in the earth's atmosphere act as a filter which can remove the bluer light from the incoming rays of the sun, allowing the redder light through at different times of day. Reflections from the rock and clouds in the sky enhance the vivid colours.” We also had the ... read more
The Olgas
Uluru at sunrise
Uluru at sunrise

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock April 3rd 2012

The morning and afternoon was filled with flying. We left Cairns, flew into Sydney, and then caught our flight to Ayers Rock to visit Uluru. The airport in Ayers Rock had all but1 baggage claim and 3 gates. All of the hotels in Ayers Rock were apart of one resort, we stayed at The Lost Camel and it had a very interesting layout, so interesting we took video footage of it. Upon on our arrival, the weather was very warm and we took advantage of it and toured the resort. We did a bit of shopping and bought some boomerangs and got to see some Aboriginals make and decorate different tools and paintings. Their talent is really quite amazing and their workmanship is something to be admired. For a quick lunch we had a kangaroo panini ... read more
Crazy Sky

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