The Red Centre

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
Trip End Sep 07, 2006

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Hi Everyone,
Left on Saturday to drive the 480 kms from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru), the drive across was fantastic, desert for as far as the eye could see. There is only one sealed road, all the others are dirt tracks and you need a jeep to drive on any of these. Every 150 kms there is a petrol station so you wouldn't want to break down as you are so far away from any form of civilisation and mobile phones do not work. Loads of kangaroos and camels in the desert as you drive by.

To stay near Ayers Rock National Park, you have to book into one of the hotels in Yulara which is a "village" managed by one holiday company, so it's expensive but well worth it. The whole place is low rise and does not interfere with the landscape at all. As we neared Yulara, you can see Ayers Rock looming in the distance. Wonderful sight to see this massive rock jutting into the air across a flat barren landscape. We arrived to our hotel about five and did a quick turnaround to get into the national park for sunset. There is a special viewing area to watch the sunrise and sunset. There were a lot of people already gathered as it is spectacular to see the sun going down. The rock turns so many different colours in about 15 minutes. The only minus point was the flies, they were everywhere, so we did as the natives do and bought fly nets which are a necessity!

The following day we spent most of our time doing the different walks around the rock and visiting the cultural centre. To walk the whole circumference which is 10 kms takes about 3 hours. Some people were climbing the rock and we took some time to look at them. The aborigines plead with people not to climb at it is so sacred to them.

The following day we drove 50 kms to the other rock formation in the National park, the Olgas. Very strange looking, it's a collection of about 13 huge rocks with gorges and valleys, again you can take different walks around the base.

Ayers Rock National park was fantastic, definitely worth a stop on a visit to Australia

Flew to Sydney on Tuesday afternoon...

Love Lisa and Paul x
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