Sunset, Champagne and Ayers Rock
Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
4Trip End Nov 08, 2007
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Then it was a matter of flying directly there or perhaps to Alice Springs. Alice Springs , the outback town and the Nevil Shute book that I read when I was a young girl. How can I give this place a miss so I decided to fly into Alice Springs and take the day trip to Ayers Rock from there. And again thanks to the points from my Priority Club, I took my room at the Crowne Plaza.
It started raining immediately after I picked up the Yaris and drove into Alice Springs. Dang it ...it shouldn't rain in the desert but it did.
We drove into town and surprise it was not two rows of shops as I had expected. Did my usual souvenir shopping, then drove out to Stanley Chasm . Our first trip to the outback was marred by the some of the clouds and we didnt get the brilliant blue that you usually get at the desert. The hike to Stanley Chasm was great and surprisingly for me , I found the walk quite enjoyable despite the fact that is was not the mall....
It was evening and we decided to stop to see the wallabies feed in the evening . Another walk but yet it wasnt as tiring as I thought it would be and to watch wild wallabies feeding was something else.
Took an early night as we were too tired after all the hikes and was up early to take the flight from Melbourne and the next morning was a 6 am pick up by Emu Tours
Oh man , a five hour bus ride to Ayers Rock - was just wondering how that would turn out . Surprisingly it wasnt so bad because first of all , after the shower the day before, it was such a beautiful day - that I just soaked up the beautiful scenery of the outback. Secondly, we had interesting stops, one was for coffee and sandwiches and Emu tours guide, especially Shorty kept us entertained with his stories , jokes and information on the wildlife.
We took a quick lunch break at the Ayers Rock Resort before heading off to the Park with a stop at the Abroginal Cultural Centre. There were two short hikes at the foot of Ayers Rock before we headed off to prepare for the barbeque and watch the sunset.
Finally, the hilight of the trip, when we set off to the area where busloads of tourist would camp and wait. We were early, so we had time to get the best seats, take pictures and watch the sky turn in its different colours while the sun was setting.
Sipping champagne, watching the sunset , though it was a tourbus, we hardly spoke except to just watch every single moment's of God's wonderful creation.
Once the sun was gone, we had to head back and that was another five hours, so we had to pack quickly and leave. As the sky turned dark into complete black, the stars packed up. We've never had such clear skies back home with its numerous stars . However, I could only enjoy it from the bus. When , we again made the coffee and pee-break stop , I immediately jumped out to see the stars under the tropics of ....I realised I have to come again perhaps this time with the kids and camp overnight to watch the night sky and its brilliant stars..
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