From lovely Adelaide... to the OUTBACK

Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
Trip End Mar 04, 2013

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Alice Motor Inn
Alice Springs
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Alice Spring

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Friday, November 16, 2012

blog comes to you from a Qantas Airbus on route from Adelaide to
Alice Springs! Some bumps are to be expected so advanced warning if
I start panicking randomly in the middle of my blog...

Kangaroo Island

the last couple of days we have been on Kangaroo Island – a 2 day
tour of about 12 people on a little mini bus – with lovely Amber as
our friendly Aussie tour guide. We took a ferry over from Adelaide's
port – about 2 hours drive from the CBD (Central Business District)
where we were staying – this meant a very early 6am start. Being
sea sick – my precautions of sea bands, homoeopathic sickness pills
and a LOT of ginger made the journey vomit free :-)

the journey to the ferry port we went past the wine making areas, and
saw the grapes that make up the Chiraz and other wines – and also
olive oil plantations which make – well – olive oil. Funny how I
never thought of where it came from before! Lots of Kangaroos and
cows everywhere.

on Kangaroo Island we made our way to a place called Prospect Hill –
a lovely lookout spot at the top of 512 steps – a nice bit of early
morning exercise :-) After this we visited some Sea Lions who were
lazing on the beach and getting ready for mating season. Poor female
sea lions start breeding when they reach about 4 years, and apart
from a 10 day break each year, remain in motherhood until they die –
no candle light dinners, no CSA, no holidays. Harsh... The beach
and the sea lions were phenomenal – they picked a really lovely
spot to do a bit of sunbathing.

the Sea Lions we went to our accommodation which was in the middle of
a nature reserve and spent some time meeting the local Koala's and
Kangaroos which was amazing. The Koalas were lazing in the trees,
and the Kangaroos were hopping around and checking us out – it was
lovely to see them in nature as opposed to a zoo.

afternoon was rounded off with some kayacking on a very picturesque
lake. Debs decided to sit in front but unfortunately wasn't very
forthcoming in communication therefore we were probably the most
uncoordinated boat on the river. Several arguments later, we decided
to head back to land. It was actually lots of fun and good practice
for when we kayack around Sydney harbour in a few weeks.

came the evening. My first experience of hostel living. The house
itself was lovely if not a little run down – we were shown where we
were going to sleep for the night and to my horror, not only would I
be sleeping on bunk beds with 8 other people – there was no lock on
the toilet door! NO LOCK ON THE TOILET DOOR! Bunk beds I can
handle, but I detest anxious wee's – waiting for someone to barge
in. Still suffering from jet lag, I made my excuses fairly early in
the evening and went to sleep – only to be woken by someone trying
to play the digeredoo very badly – then one of my bunkees snoring
and farting all night extremely loudly!. Morning came and Debs &
I decided enough was enough and got up to watch a very pleasant sun
rise. After successfully surviving the night we embarked on our last
day on the island, visiting the Remarkable Rocks, which were rocks
made from volcano thousands of years ago, sat atop a cliff and
overlooking the sea – lots of running around rocks and posing –
so much fun (Debs was being very grown up and telling me to 'stay
away from the edge, don't fall over' and 'if your mother could see
you now she'd have a fit' lol!

the rocks we went for a walk around the cliffs to an old lighthouse
and then onto see the New Zealand and Aussie seals. The weather was
a cool 21 degrees and the views were lovely. I got a little bit
trigger happy on the camera, and we fell a little behind the group
and went off the tracks – and had to be 'found' by the tour guide
lol. The Seals were amazing, swimming in from the sea and bouncing
up the rocks for a rest – lovely little animals...

lunch we went to a beach in Vivonne Bay that was voted one of the
best in the world a few years ago and I can see why. Long sandy
beaches, lovely large crashing waves and dolphins swimming in the
break. Perfect place for a summer house. Quite funny that a couple
of the group went body boarding and one of the saw a dolphin and
mistook it for a shark – lol – he came to shore very quickly!

we went for a spot of sand boarding which Debs did very well at –
racing down the hill like no one's business– and then we headed
back towards the ferry. A slightly less pleasant return journey due
to (A) the cold wind making sitting out the back (best place to be
for sea sick people) uncomfortable, and the lorries upon lorries of
live export cows and sheep being taken to Adelaide for slaughter and
the nasty pig dog man driver stunning the cows with a stun gun and
shouting at them – and with the poor animals packed in the trucks
like sardines. I gave the pig dog man necessary evils and tuts –
which I'm sure were taken on board...

back at Adelaide around 10.30pm, rounded off a lovely end to a really
lovely 2 days on Kangaroo Island (Flinders – an English scientist
named the island because of all of the kangaroos on it – there are
currently 6.5 million Roos in Australia).

Last day in Adelaide

Our last day in Adelaide was made up
of shopping at Rundle Street – a big shopping area with 4 or 5
malls and outside shops – which was very lovely. We also went to
the Central Market – a massive indoor market which sells everything
and anything you could want – the Oriental food hall was quite
impressive, and I had some strawberries covered in milk and dark
chocolate from the chocolate fountains which was one of the nicest
things I've ever eaten – in fact, I will be acquiring a milk/dark
choco fountain when I return – it'll live pride of place in the
front room – like a water feature.

This brings us to today – and we're
currently sat on the airplane flying to Alice Springs. We depart at
6am tomorrow for our 3 day camping tour of Uluru and Kings Canyon.
It is currently a sweltering 38 degrees and I don't think our tents
have aircon. Oh, and if the drop toilets in Kangaroo Island are
anything to go by, the toilets might be on the minging side – good
job I can hold my breath!

Adelaide was a lovely little city –
with the shopping area, the Central Market, the zoo and green river
banks and large rivers brought alive by blue skies and warm weather
making it quite beautiful in places – but I am glad to be moving on
to the next stage in our tour – of Uluru and then Darwin next

Alice Springs

How to describe Alice Springs? The OK
Coral – with Aborigines instead of cowboys. Some advice given to
us on checking in to our 'motel'. Don't engage with the Aborigines –
and if you see domestic violence in the street – ignore it or
they'll beat you up too.

We have to go to the shops to buy
dinner and water – think we'll go soon (it's 3pm now) – NOT after
dark lol. Debs just saw something wriggle across the carpet and
under the bed and now is freaking out and wants to move to another
hotel. :-/ I get the feeling there'll be more bugs over the next
few days in the tent! Anyway we've moved rooms because of the
'legless lizard' WTF? And we're freaking out a bit – as the owner
told us – we're in Central Australia – they have everything here
– remember to avoid snakes and poisonous spiders. Is it too late
to come home?

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Glenn on

Great photos sis. I'm surprised your going anywhere with the snakes spiders and domestic violence all over the place! Sorry we couldn't Skype. Let me k now when good for you soon. Xxx

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