Blogs from Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 12


Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru July 30th 2009

Coober Pedy was a very interesting town. The landscape surrounding the town is just piles of what looks like sand for approximately 30k north, south, east and west. Beside the piles of sand is mines (holes) that people have been looking for opals in. The town is also famous for its underground buildings including churches, motels and houses. We stayed at a caravan park in town and due to water shortages (because it very rarely rains there) we had to pay for any water we used, that included showers lol. We went for a walk down the main street and looked at an underground museum. We also did a bit of noodling (called this in Coober Pedy but more commonly known as fossicking) and found a few opals which was really exciting! for me anyway lol. ... read more
Undergound Church
Ayres Rock
Artwork on the Rock

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru July 19th 2009

My quest to save travel money has meant my last 3 and a half months have been spent in a curious little resort town in the Northern Territory called Yulara (AKA Ayers Rock Resort). This is a place which owes its entire existence to the world's most famous monolith which is 348 metres high, 10 kilometres around its base and stands strikingly and imposingly smack bang in the middle of the red Central Australian desert. Uluru (Ayers Rock), along with Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), attract thousands upon thousands of tourists, providing jobs for penniless pommy backpackers like myself and Aussies who are either debt-ridden or saving to fund travels of their own. It was nice to spend a while no longer as a traveller but as a resident of Yulara, in a place which may contain ... read more
Valley of the Winds
The view from the top
Carly at King's Canyon

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru July 9th 2009

The Australian Outback conjures up images of a remote wilderness populated only by kangaroos, camels and the few real Crocodile Dundees. The main attraction, Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is one of the most recognizable icons of Australia, although I must confess that I only had a vague knowledge of it until saw some pictures in my Lonely Planet. As I was planning my trip, I came to fully appreciate the true vastness of Australia. Uluru is located in the Northern Territory and is a mere 2,977 km from Brisbane, roughly 1 day and 14 hours straight of driving. The nearest “major city” is Alice Springs (population 24,000) and is still 440 km away, about a 5 hour drive. In short, Uluru is in the middle of nowhere. Over 13% of Australia is covered by ... read more
First Glimpse of Uluru
Mala Walk

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru July 1st 2009

27/9/09 Off early & on the way to Uluru, we plan to stay 2 nights along the way, just outside of Alice we saw 2 Dingos by the road which was a first for us. We also saw about 5 big eagles in a tree, boy are they big. Since in the NT we have noticed that there is not as much road kill, I don’t know if there are not a s many road trains to kill the Roo’s. We thought this might be a bit of a boring drive, but far from it. The mountain ranges & rocky outcrops to the red soil & colourful rocks is amazing. I kept taking pics out the window & Den & I were in awe of this big land of ours. We passed a few free spots ... read more
7  27-6-09  The Scenery from Alice to Eridunda
17  27-6-09  The Scenery from Alice to Eridunda
18  27-6-09  The turnoff to Uluru

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 17th 2009

Another early morning start for us and for Maja, as she kindly volunteered to chauffeur us to the airport. Flights are good and Alice Springs is a very small airport we make our transfer easily. It’s strange landing somewhere that is almost entirely owned by our hotel company. Our hotel is adequate, but a far cry from the 4.5 Stars they have given themselves! (We had done the research and knew what to expect.) Our first night is the “Sounds of Silence Dinner” outside. It starts with a short bus ride to a champagne and canapé reception on the dunes. We are somewhere between Ayers Rock and the Olgas. I had a beer in this magical place that was magical in its own way. Somehow after years of brewing beer someone figured out how to brew ... read more
Champagne reception
Uluru as the sun sets
Shane at Uluru

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 15th 2009

Finally left Sydney to explore Australia. Headed to Ayer's rock.... read more
the outback
found it.
well we could walk...

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru June 13th 2009

Day 54 (Saturday 13/06/09, NJJ) Up at 5.30pm after one of the most fantastic nights sleep ever, in swags under the stars. We were both very snug and comfortable all night. It was actually lovely being woken by a gentle breeze over my face now and then through the night as it allowed me to take in the experience numerous times over. It wasn't as cold as we'd expected it to be in the morning either. Brekkie was toast and cereal around the camp fire and we were on the road just after. We stopped at 7.15am to watch the sunrise in the distance over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Collected more fire wood. Arrived at Kata Tjuta around 9.30am for 'The Valley of the Winds' walk about 7.4km. We did the difficult ... read more
Taking Photos at Sunrise
Kata Tjuta
Walking at Kata Tjuta

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 24th 2009

Our time is almost up as caretakers of Hamilton Downs Youth Camp. This place has opened up a whole new window of opportunity for Kris and I for future employment. We have become involved in a Diversion Program for Aboriginal youths. The program is coordinated by NT family services and Kris and I applied to coordinate the next program in June and we got the contract. Jake, Jasmin and Mia were here for the holidays and the last week of the diversion program. We were involved in lots of interesting activities with the kids. We went out for a day and cooked Kangaroo tails in the ground, spuds, sweet potatoes and made dampers. We looked for bush tucker and found bush bananas, which I thought tasted like green peas not a banana at all. Jake, Clancy, ... read more
Cooking Kangaroo tails
Harvey, Clancy and Norman
Standley Chasm

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 23rd 2009

Thursday was the third day of our Rock Tour trip. With our first day focusing on Kings Canyon and the second on Kata Tjuta, this was our Uluru day. The day before, we tried to see the sunset on Uluru, but rain clouds prevented that. So we made sure to get up bright and early to see the sunrise on Uluru instead, which is supposed to yield similar results. Well, it didn’t last long, but it was definitely amazing! The giant rock goes from grayish one second, to bright red the next! The colour contrast compared to everything else was so crazy! Unfortunately, it just doesn’t last that long, so it was over before we knew it. However, we were really lucky because just as the rock began to glow red, a beautiful rainbow appeared, forming ... read more
Sunrise - 02
Sunrise - 03
Sunrise - 04

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 22nd 2009

Day 2: We were up early on our second day in the Outback, around 6:30am. It’s nice to get up in the Outback before the sun rises, because as soon as it does, the millions and millions of flies swarm around you. After rolling up our swags and eating a quick breakfast, we were on the road again, heading to our next destination. On the way, we stopped for some good, old-fashioned grub digging! Luckly for us, we didn’t find any so we didn’t have to eat any!! Haha We arrived in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park around 9:40am, and got our first glimpse of Uluru!! Uluru is the largest monolithic (single rock) structure in the world. It appears red due to the high level of iron in the sand of the Outback. It is of great ... read more
Grub Digging
Grub Digging - 2
Uluru View

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