Uluru sunrise & Kata Tjuta...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Monday, August 2, 2010

We're up in time for a 06.05 start to our trip to see the Sunrise at Uluru. To say the least, it’s a tad chilly at this time in the morning, and the girls are suffering a bit. Hot tea & coffee were laid on for us when we got to Ayers Rock/Uluru, and we shivered up to the viewing site just in time for the 07:21 sunrise. The rock looked good, but the actual sunrise behind us was far more impressive as the colours and cloud formation seemed to change by the second... WOW...!!!
Our next visit was to see Kata Tjuta, The Olgas, and after a brief stop at a viewing site, we were at the base of this impressive rock formation. Here we had a guided walk right into Walpa Gorge and up to the waterhole. Now, walpa is the Aboriginal word for wind, and we now know why they gave it that name. The wind whistles down the gorge to make it seem even colder than it already was there. Fortunately for us it didn’t seem anywhere near as bad on the way back. Some of the plants here are so rare that they are only found in this gorge!
After this it was back to the resort for some lunch, and to collect our luggage for the next leg of our trip. We were picked up at 12:25 for the journey to Kings Canyon. Most of the drive is through just one outback cattle station, Curtain Creek Cattle Station, a mere 1,028,000 square kilometres...!!! (England is only 130,395 square kilometres) After a short stop over at Kings Creek Station for a comfort break, we arrived at Kings Canyon Resort around five o’clock.
Once we’d settled into our room, we checked out the eateries here and settled for an interesting dinner of a combo selection of kangaroo, emu & camel sausages, mash & peas... hmmm!!! Elise, of course, did not select this tasty meal, settling again for something far less fulfilling...!!! As is becoming the norm now it seems, it was early to bed as it was a pre-sunrise start for the Kings Canyon Walk, well it was for me anyway. My walk will be a six kilometre trek around the rim of the canyon starting at 06:45, while Elaine & Elise get a lay in as they are doing the shorter Kings Creek Walk at 08:30, much more civilised me thinks!!!
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helen cribbin on

loving the photos...cant wait to hear all about your trip when you get home ...xxx

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