Red Centre Highlights Tour: Day 1

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Monday, January 28, 2013

Well we woke up at around 4:15am this morning after a very bad nights sleep but ready to begin our two day tour of the Red Centre! We got a bit panicky about how vague our pick up was as all I knew was a time and outside our hostel. 5 minutes went by after we were meant to have been picked up and we both were a bit unnerved but thankfully they arrived just at that moment. We loaded our baggage and then ourselves onto the minibus and then were on our way!

We drove for about 2 and a half hours after having checked in at their office. We were then given a short toilet/refreshment break before continuing on for another 2 hours or so before we arrived at our first destination: King's Canyon!

(A side note fact for you - as we were told by our tour guide, the Grand Canyon is actually a gorge as opposed to a canyon whereas King's Canyon is an actual canyon!)

Before walking to the canyon, we stopped at the resort area to have lunch which we all helped to make and was just a make-yourself-a-sandwich. So pretty bog-standard but it was nice.

After lunch, we walked for about 30 minutes or so, stopping every now and then to be told information about what we were seeing. Then, we arrived into the main viewing platform for King's Canyon and it was pretty impressive! The heat wasn't too strong and there was a clear blue sky, as you can see in our photos!

Once we had taken in the canyon, we made our way back to the bus where we faced another long journey to Uluru - stopping off on the way for another toilet break and to see Mount Connor which many mistake for being Ayers Rock. It is quite an impressive tabletop mountain so we got some good photos, as well as of the red sand and the straight road that looks like it goes on forever!

Finally, we arrived in Uluru where we were very very lucky enough to arrive in time to go and see sunset which was very pretty. Photos to come! Then we went for dinner and helped prepare it. Our tour guide Shannon did the main cooking which was an Aussie BBQ of Kangaroo Steaks, Camel sausages and beef steaks with a hot potato salad, garden salad and couscous etc.

It was pretty good and a new Aussie experience. Now we are just writing in our journals and doing a bit of reading before we go to bed! There are two options for that - 1) we could sleep in a mini cabin in a sleeping bag or 2) be a bit hardcore and sleep in a swag which is like an outdoor portable mattress. Being true travellers, we have gone for the swags so we will be sleeping under the stars, waking up at 4:15am to go and see sunrise on Ayers Rock!

Wish us luck on our first outdoor sleep! And hopefully no creepy crawlies!
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