Heading Towards Uluru

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Left the hostel at around 9am and headed off to see the town. Checked out the museum, big winch lookout, underground church and the golf course (pics on previous entry) before refueling and getting back on the road. Quite glad to be moving again as the town was too weird for my liking.

After about 200km's further driving we finally crossed the Northern Terretories border which meant we could put our foot down. There is no speed limit outside the built up areas in the NT because the roads are so empty and straight and the distances between towns are vast. Had to stick to less than 150km/hr because the petrol meter visibly empties if we go any faster, and the last thing we want is to be stranded in the Outback!

The Stuart Highway carries on all the way to Alice Springs but we had some things to see before then, Uluru (Ayers Rock). Now there was no chance that we were going to get enough time to see it today so we stopped for the night at the closest town, 100km's away, Curtin Springs. The reason we stopped here and not Yulara (Ayers Rock Resort) was due to price. We could camp for free in Curtin Springs whereas it was $13 each (to sleep in the car!) at Yulara! Just meant we would have a very early start tomorrow.

In the distance from Curtin Springs we could make out another big rock, Mt Connor. Looked very impressive, it's bigger than Uluru, but the only access road was 4x4 only and I doubt our fully loaded saloon would have made it! So we got settled in and decided to have a couple of drinks with our pasta dinner. It may have been free to camp but it's obvious where they get their money. $53 for a pack of 30! $20 more than in Adelaide! The petrol was also $1.61/litre compared to $1.19/litre in Adelaide! Good job we had enough in the tank to make it to Yulara tomorrow.
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