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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock October 5th 2010

Touched down in Uluru Airport and the first thing Sarah and me said to each other was "now we're in proper Australia", it was red desert everywhere. We were booked into the Ayers Rock Resort, which is like a huge butlins consisting of 3 hotels, 1 campsite, 1 shopping area with a couple of cafes/restaurants and one the lodge (The Outback Lodge) which was where we were staying and had dorms and lodges and the only bar in the whole of the resort. But at $5 for a 3/4 pint we weren't going to be celebrating this fact. The dorm was really basic, i.e. 10 bunk beds in a row with 1 hanging hook each. The was a communal kitchen which was helpful because if you can imagine being in the middle of nowhere slap bang ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock August 3rd 2010

Well where were we on the last blog? Ah yes, Curtin Springs, which turned out to be a great decision on our part. We were about to pull off when two guys who had been camping next to us enquired if we were heading for The Rock, reply, Yes! Question: Would we like these two three days passes to the park, worth $50, with still two days left, guess how long it took us to say ‘Yes please’!!! We arrived at Yalara (Ayers Rock) Resort at 10am, unhitch, make a picnic and were on our way to The Olgas by 10.45am. Oh, and by the way, did we mention what an amazing sight Uluru makes as you are driving towards the resort, even at 30km away…it is truly awesome. We start at the Olgas some 45km ... read more
The Olgas
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Resting at The Olgas

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock June 18th 2010

Day 71 Today Sean and I climbed Ayers rock, 348m of vertical height, hardcore I say. The first half is the worst and gets a little easier higher up but then you have to deal with the wind. So it’s a catch 22. Speaking of wind, about 100 feet up we had a really good gust and Jackie turned around and headed back to the truck. She said it was okay to call her a big baby. LOL. It took us 1 hour to make the climb then only 35 minutes to come back down. After a short breather we headed to the cultural center to learn about the aboriginals and have lunch at the picnic tables. Sandwiches FTW! We make 1 more stop to the Mutitjula waterhole for a few photos and motor back to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock May 28th 2010

Geo: -25.3457, 131.037We packed up camp early and had a dawn start out of camp. It took us most of an hour to get from Curtin Springs to Yulara, the resort just outside the National Park. We stopped for an hour or so to get some cash from the ATM and mail a couple of post cards.Just past the resort is the park entrance where we paid our $25/person for a 3 day pass. I'll mention now that the currently official name for the rock and the park is the native word "Uluru". I will use Ayers Rock since it is in the same language as the blog, and I like it better. We stopped at the Cultural Center, but there wasn't much there except for a lot of aboriginal creation stories that involve the rock. ... read more
Approaching Ayers Rock
Map of Ayers Rock
Recommendations Against Climbing

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock April 18th 2010

EXCERPTED FROM MY BOOK: OUR SUMMER IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND, AMAZON.COM The camels our group rode were 8 to 10 years old, and very well behaved. After all, considering what they might be made to carry in the old days, we were a very light load for a short ride. An easy day for the camels, so they’d better behave! Our camel was named Ringee,and just our luck, he had an attitude. When first brought to this camp from Alice Springs,300 miles away, Ringee did not like one of the drivers, peed all over him and drove him from the pen. He also refused to eat. The owners, who are camel careerists, and dearly love them,determined that Ringee’s problem was being separated from his friend of many years, so he was on a hunger strike. ... read more
FINAL LOOK AT AYERS ROCK

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock March 14th 2010

ULURU & KATA TJUTA ULURU Well they do say that the early bird catches the worm! So second day in a row it is a 5.30am start! The early start consists of us getting into the bus and go back to sleep for an hour whist Spud drives us to Uluru for sunrise. Spud wakes us up on the entry to the National Park this morning with the theme from the A-Team! We all get given our own tickets for the National Park that we need to wave from the window every time we enter! The talk on the bus turns to the snorer last night! What a noise he made! Well Charlotte just held her hands up and admitted it must be her (she had no choice as we were all to be together for ... read more
Sunrise (1)
All excited
Charlotte & the rock

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock July 23rd 2005

The next morning Ruth and I decided to take a scenic flight over mighty Lake Eyre fortunately for us there was actually some water in the lake which is generally dry. It was certainly a worthwhile experience we were able to see much more of the lake and the landscape surrounding it then we could have hoped for. We departed William Creek after the flight, passing through the dog fence on our way to the partially underground city of Coober Pedy which supposedly means “white fellas hole in the ground”. Coober Pedy is an opal mining town and like any mining town is full of peculiar and often dodgy people live here and a few people have disappeared down mine shafts over the years and bombings are not uncommon. Apart from that for the traveller the ... read more
Getting ready to fly
Outback from the air
Is this the moon

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock March 23rd 1998

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