Uluru, King's Canyon and snuggling snakes!
Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
108Trip End Dec 10, 2010
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The following morning we picked up our little camper from Britz and set off on the road to King's Canyon. We started off at about 11am, stopping several times along the way to take photos of the amazing scenery and animals. We were very lucky to stumble upon a thorny devil lizard on the Stuart Highway and pulled in to try and move him to the edge for fear he'd be flattened by a car or the road train we'd passed out earlier if they didn't see him
Just before sunset we landed at King's Canyon campsite and pulled into our site just in time for a visit from the dingoes! We were at the back of the campsite and got a spectacular view of the canyon at sunset before settling down to a few beers with our new neighbours, a really friendly Aussie couple from Brisbane who were travelling around Australia in their camper.
The next morning we were up early and prepared for the 6 kilometer trek around the rim of King's Canyon. We filled up our water bottles and set off doing the King's Creek trek first along the canyon floor. After that we started with the steep incline up to the rim and trekked along the rim til we reached the short descent to the Garden of Eden.
This place was like a little paradise on earth and although we had great intentions of having a swim in the crystal clear water hole, the water was a little bit too icy for us so we passed! After completing the trek we set off on the 300km drive to Yulara tourist park at Ayers Rock and got there just in time for sunset
We were up early the next morning to catch Uluru at sunrise which was even more spectacular than sunset, it looked like it was on fire. Then we drove out to Kata Tjuta or the Olgas and trekked along the Valley of the Winds walk to a lookout for a stunning view of the rocks. Afterwards we drove to Ayers rock again one for last visit before going back to the campsite for another bbq before the dingoes came out to play!
The following morning we set off on the 465km drive back to Alice Springs to relax before flying back to Melbourne the following day. After arriving in Alice Springs in the afternoon we went to see the reptile centre where we got up close and personal with the reptiles there. We were introduced to lizards and snakes and even got cuddles from a 12 foot python called Olive and her little sister Cleo. They were very affectionate and real sweethearts, all they wanted to do was play and cuddle! We got a kiss from a blue-tongued lizard who turned out to be actually 'tasting' us to see if we were edible, mmmmm.
After driving up to Anzac Hill for sunset over the city and the McDonnell Ranges we went back to the campsite and cracked open a bottle of wine for our last night of the holidays before returning to work in Melbourne
After dragging ourselves away from the baby kangaroos we did a quick tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Service centre and learned about their history, how it got started and and how it operates today.