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Trip Start Jan 2003
Trip End Dec 2003

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Day 130 - Perth - Ayers Rock - Cairns - Port Douglas

We hadn't planned to see Ayers Rock (or Uluru as it's usually now called) but our flight to Cairns stopped at an airport a few kms away that I previously didn't know existed. We were fortunate to be seated on the side of the plane from where Uluru was visible and to have our camera with us rather than in the hold. As an even bigger bonus, rather than making us wait on the aircraft, we were give half an hour to get a brief look and take some photos. I've heard it said before but it really is surrounded by next to nothing and it's completely unique. It's a natural wonder that leaves you speechless and feeling emotional and it only needs to be seen to understand why the Aboriginal people (Aborigine is apparently a racist term) worship it.

Having told Vienmie (friend from home, from here on referred to as just V) we were arriing tomorrow, the ambitious plan was to get to where she was staying and surpise her. Obviously when we arrived in Port Douglas though, she was nowhere to be seen and we had to wait around for a few hours until she returned. The element of surprise was not wasted however and V was briefly hysterical when she first set eyes on us. Predictably, as she's gone the other way round the world from us, iscussions on the merits of each town in South America and Asia soon followed, as well as photograph comparisons, and it was after a few bottles of red wine and a good couple of hours before we all fell into bed.

Day 131 - Port Douglas

Pies are going to be my downfall in Australia and after consuming more than is usual or healthy, whatever weight I lost in Asia has soon been piled back on. Other than pie-eating, the only other things we've indulged in have been lengthy chats with V. We did make it to the beach briefly but the thought of more pastry products soon dragged us away.
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