Uluru, The Olgas

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Yulara Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Friday, April 20, 2012

We set off early from Coober Pedy, and first stop was Cadney Homestead where we refuelled ($1.96). Marla was next ($1.93), then we stopped at the border for photos. We saw a cyclist on the road about 26k out of Marla, he must crazy! 
All along the sides of the road there were giant nests in the trees, which we were told were made by groups of caterpillars. They form "road trains" and cross the road in a line, and get squashed. All seems very pointless. There were also lots of wedge tailed eagles soaring above us, and the earth got redder and redder, with grey salt bushes, black desert oaks, and the occasional wild camel. We ended up running out of light, so stopped in a road-side rest area, where there were already about six other caravans set up for the night. We sat outside that night and watched the stars. With no lights anywhere, and a perfectly clear sky, they were simply beautiful. There is nothing quite like sitting in the desert watching the night sky.
We reached Yulara early next morning. This is a huge resort, which is actually a township with 5 hotels/apartment complexes plus shops...it's big! It's the 4th biggest town in the territory, which doesn't say much for number 5. Our friends Sandy and Grant arrived from the airport that afternoon, so we all headed out to the rock and joined the masses for the sunset. Next morning we rose early and went out for the sunrise viewing, went back for breakfast, then returned to do the 10.6k walk around the base, which took about three hours and nearly killed us as it was quite hot at the end. Next day we went to Kata Tjuta, where we did the Walpa Gorge walk, This was very picturesque, and the colours were great. 
We loved Uluru, and Kata Tjuta, but were not impressed with Yulara Resort. The prices they charge are a joke, and the caravan park is noisy with lots of school groups camping there, and also people leaving early each morning to view the sunrise wake you up. A carton of beer was $150, the cheapest bottle of wine was $37.50, diesel was $2.17, and a bottle of softdrink was $5.50. We stayed there for three nights, so it was an expensive time. There were heaps of overseas tourists there, and one night we were in one of the restaurants when we noticed a whole heap of them standing around something, taking lots of photos. I went over to see what it was, thinking it might be worth a photo, and it was a praying mantis on the seat. They all thought it was very exciting, and were scared to sit back near it. 
Uluru and Kata Tjuta are two things everyone should experience. The sheer size and colours are just amazing.

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