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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 16th 2019

We were so lucky on both our flights. We flew near Lake Ayre on our flight from Adelaide to Alice Springs and could see the path the water was taking to fill the usually dry lake. On our flight from Alice Springs to Yulara we got our first glimpse of Uluru. I felt so sorry for the flight attendants when everyone on the righthand side of the plane started taking off their seat belts, standing up as they tried to get a picture of Uluru. It was manic. All they could do was announce that they needed to be seated with there seatbelts on as we were about to land. Mum and I stayed at the Desert Garden Hotel. There’s a number places to stay in the Yulara resort as well camping and caravan park. I ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 14th 2019

After a pleasant stay in Coober Pedy we set out on Thursday morning to drive further north. Our destination was Uluru, or rather the town from which visitors can base their exploration of the rock, called Yulara. It was 8am when we filled the car with petrol and started driving. This was to be the longest driving day in our plans , nearly 8 hours to reach the destination. It was a beautiful morning and as we drove along the Stuart Highway we noticed all the opal mine heaps along the way. We had an audio book of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in the CD player, (thanks to Sam and Tracey) and as this was narrated by David Tennant, certainly kept us entertained as we drove. There wasn't much traffic on the road so progress ... read more
In the cave
Rock painting Art
Great seats throughout the park

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru September 28th 2018

THE ROCK! Mostly pic's today folks. During the ride out to Uluru I officially hit the 3,000 mile mark on the Rideabout Oz 2018 trip. The Rock is about 8 miles from the Resort. There are a host of ways to tour the rock: You can drive around it on your own, drive around in a tour bus, do a bicycle ride around it, take a segway ride around it, Certain areas you can walk around it, take a helicopter ride over it, and sometimes you can walk over it, The walking over is the most controversial - you will see some of the signs put up by the aboriginal tribes asking that you respect their spiritual land and not walk up the roped path to the top. The rock itself is pretty Amazing in that ... read more
The Steps
Don't Climb
Sandstone Lines

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru July 13th 2018

A beautiful sleep in this morning with the sun warming up our roof top tents. We thought it was very appropriate to have pancakes for brunch - “Pancakes at the Rock”. With Naeshka’s lovely cooking, she made us buttermilk pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, ice cream, fresh cream and maple syrup! We decided to have a nice relaxing day since we were feeling that 11km walk in our legs today. After a day of enjoying the desert sun, we freshened up and headed to the other side of Uluru to watch the sunset. Back at camp, we felt the temperature dropping and we warmed with Naeshka’s big breakfast by the fire for dinner. Packed up some of our camp to get ready for our early departure tomorrow. Sat by the fire until it died out and off ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru July 12th 2018

Waking up in the freezing desert to minus 2 degrees, today is the day we see the largest rock in the world. Had breakfast at Mt Connor and watched the sunrise, packed up camp and we were off to the Uluru. On our way, we found a free camp site about 15kms east of Uluru, where we left T.J, so we could head to the National Park. Had lunch at the Cultural Centre’s café before embarking on our maiden walk around the base of Uluru. At the cultural centre, we learnt about the Aboriginal culture and why climbing Uluru is disrespectful. In their traditional law, it states that Uluru is a sacred place that holds great knowledge and climbing is not permitted. Arriving there, ready to walk all the way around, we were saddened to see ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 28th 2018

Uluru is 450 km north of Alice Springs. It's close to the bottom of the Northern Territory of Australia, and it is in the near dead center of the country. Harmonie and I signed up to take a three day tour of the area. We would start with Uluru, spend the night camping, head to nearby Kata-Tjuja, camp again, then see Kings Canyon in the south, returning to Alice Springs afterward. Our tour bus picked us up from the Hostel at five in the morning. The bus was a pretty simple design, with bench seating, like a school-bus. It was hitched to a trailer loaded up with sleeping bags and swags we would need later. There were already a half dozen other campers sitting inside, bundled up from the night cold and looking as drowsy like ... read more
Walking around Uluru
Camp Fire food
Kata Tjuta

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 1st 2018

Given Brooksie's hopeless performance navigating yesterday he has been relegated to the back seat whilst Wilko's driving. We headed out to Lake Bennett which actually has water, checked out a great desert skink habitat but we still aren't sure which word the great refers to (skink, desert or habitat) in any event we didn't see any. Brooksie correctly identified camel poo, but personally I would have just looked at it. We were lucky enough to spot a Black Titted Plover and we were kind enough to post our observations on the black board at Newhaven complete with Lat and Long coordinates. On the way to the Namtjira Highway we passed through the aboriginal settlement of Papunya, which had many similarities of other settlements, wrecked cars, stray dogs, litter and aboriginals but surprisingly no mobile coverage. Once ... read more
Helicopter Pad

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru March 19th 2018

Blog 8 Part I: Alice Springs – Uluru/Ayers Rock - March 17, 2018 – Weather forecast: bright sunny skies, daytime temperature of 40+°C with a light breeze; overnight temperature of 22°C Another travel day with luggage out for the porters by 7:00am, then breakfast and onto the bus by 8:00am as we journey cross-county to Uluru/Ayers Rock which is 462.9 km SW of Alice Springs. The journey was scheduled to take five hours and it included one relief stop & pickup snacks at Erunda Roadhouse, which is approximately the half way spot and one “long drop” stop at the outlook for Mt. Conner. A long drop is the term used for a latrine. Along the way Deb, our driver, provided colour commentary on a wide variety of topics pertaining to Australia. She told us that Mt. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru March 16th 2018

Trying to put myself together for a 5:30 AM wake up after the glorious Sounds of Silence Dinner was no easy feat. I was able to take a quick splash in the shower, throw some clothes on and managed to look halfway presentable. Remember now, desert presentable is not the same as city presentable, so it wasn’t that difficult. Herded onto a bus, our large group headed out to see the sunrise at Uluru. The cool morning air felt nice as I walked down the path to find my perfect spot. In front was Uluru towering over everything. Behind were the Kata Tjutas, slumbering quietly in the distance. The morning light was changing quickly and as fast as throngs of tourists could arrive. Snapping pictures a mile a minute, I enjoyed the phenomena of a sunrise. ... read more
Sunrise
Sunrise is Coming
Awake for a 5:30 AM Tour

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru March 15th 2018

After a fitful night of sleep, I was up and on the go by 7. Supposedly there is a train that will take me directly to the airport from close to my hotel. I pulled my suitcase up the hill and around the corner to the station with less mumbling than yesterday. Easy as that I had a ticket and was on the correct platform waiting for the train. I don’t think anything could have been more convenient. At the airport, the ticketing kiosks for Virgin Australia were not working, causing a great backlog of irritable passengers in the check in queues. Didn’t bother me any. I stood quietly reading my Kindle as we inched our way forward. Frankly, there was enough kvetching and moaning going on around me that I didn’t need to add any ... read more
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Nothing More I Can Say
Flying Across the Outback




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