The Red Centre

Trip Start Jan 24, 2013
Trip End Apr 22, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

We made an early start the following morning and saw a dingo and Mount Connor en route to Uluru. The rock is as spectacular as we expected - especially close up when you can really appreciate its size. No, we didn't climb it - the climb was closed due to high winds at the top and the local people prefer that you don't climb.......also, it's a really steep smooth surface!! We did take a walk with one of the rangers and heard about some of the "stories" associated with it. On our journey into the park we saw a really a funny sight - a road train.....full of camels! Clealy the driver had stopped to let the camels have a good look at the Rock!!
Equally spectacular were Kata Tjuta (formerly the Olgas); these rocks were bigger than Ularu many thousands of years ago but have worn away much more. The highest is still over 1000 metres........we did a couple of the walks into them and stayed to watch sunset. The pictures don't really convey the scale.
To mark the end of our Australian adventure we went on the Sounds of Silence dinner last night. It was a lovely evening - sparkling wine and canapes (including kanageroo, crocodile and smoked salmon) at sunset overlooking Uluru to the music of a didgeridoo player; then down to the desert for our 3 course dinner, which started with some traditional music, dance and stories and ended with some star gazing! The drinks flowed and the food and company were good - a lovely memory!
We go onto the last leg of our journey tomorrow - Thailand - 3 nights in Bangkok and 7 nights at the coast.........
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Isabel Curran on

I think Australia may now be on my "bucket list". You have made it sound somewhere not to be missed. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

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