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Mar 7, 2017 - Sunset - Sounds of Silence dinner

We had a quiet start to the day, as our only activity was in the end evening. We had breakfast, then headed out for a walk around the town square for a couple of things to take home. We had a drink then returned to our room for a while. Linda, Beth and Jim arrived today, so we met them for drinks early evening, before we set off for the dinner. We caught our transport out to the desert area, where we were greeted by champagne and canapés. It was very cloudy, so the highlights of the trip (sunset and star gazing talk) were looking grim. In...

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Mar 6, 2017 - Sunrise at Uluru

Very early start today (4.15am) to go out to see the sunrise at Uluru. We were taken to the national park before sunrise to get into position to watch the sun hit the rock when it rose. The best viewing area was full, so we went down the path a bit and got a good position there. It was amazing to watch the different colours on the rock as the sun rose. We spent about 45 minster watching, then it was back on the coach. We were taken closer to the rock to have a look (touching distance). Then it was back to the hotel for breakfast. We went...

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Mar 5, 2017 - Travel to Ayers Rock

Early start today two fly to Ayers Rock. Had a taxi at 7.15am which had a nice smooth journey to the airport. We flew with Virgin Australia, which has a baggage allowance of 23kg, unlike our other 9 flights, which have 30kg. Hefty excess baggage fee! We had to put our clocks back 1.5 hours, so we are only 9.5 ahead of UK now. Had a good view of Uluru as we came in to land. Bit of a shock to the system when we stepped off the plane. It was 22 degrees and wet in Sydney - 40 degrees and sunny Here! We got transferred to our resort the Sails...

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Jun 21, 2016 - Tuesday 21st to Thurs 23rd Ayers Rock

Tuesday 21st We arrived at Ayres Rock around 2pm. Gee! Has this place changed, it's a town in it's self, with motel and apartment accommodation, chemist,supermarket, restaurants, fuel, everything you need except a powered site for us, as the park was FULL. However there is a overflow paddock which we could park, for a cheap price of $10 a night, which we paid for one night Once settled, the diesel heater in the bus wasn't working, Mal pulled it all apart cleaned the filter made sure fuel was coming through, yes! it works, he said, which is...

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2016 holiday

Apr 22, 2016 - Uluru - April 20 to April 22

Wednesday April 20 to Friday April 22 Uluru Wednesday Kyra’s 21st (our granddaughter) – and she very quickly gave us her bank account details when we asked her for them! Up at 4.30am to see the sunrise over Uluru – we were first at the National Park entrance and had to wait an hour because I got the opening time wrong. Not a problem though as we had a thermos of tea and some snack bars. Initially we thought it would be a fizzer as there were a few drops of rain, but most of it cleared, and by the time the sun appeared at around 7.00am we...

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Tardis Travels 2016

Apr 19, 2016 - Kulgeri Roadhouse to Uluru

Tuesday April 19 Kulgeri Roadhouse, NT to Uluru Now we feel like we’re really travelling in Oz – nothing but red soil as far as the eye can see! Similar landscape as yesterday – what a country! Stopped at Curtin Springs Station to re-fuel. We had forgotten that you have to present your ID and credit card before they will open a bowser for you – fill and run is an ongoing problem. The other thing we’d forgotten is that you can only buy one bottle of wine (or spirits – go figure when you consider the alcohol in a bottle of wine versus a...

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Apr 13, 2015 - Ayers Rock 13th -15th

The morning started at Curtin Springs and a 130 klm drive to Ayres Rock Campground. 3 days for $84.00 with the 3rd night free. $25.00 per person entry into the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. We did the Cultural centre tour and then a 2klm walk to the base of the rock where one can walk/climb up the rock face holding onto the chain. Unfortunately it was over 32c and the rock was closed to climb, ha ha. We then did the full circuit around the rock checking out our sunrise and sunset stops which we intend to do on Wednesday. Tomorrow is a...

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Mar 11, 2015 - Valley of the Winds

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 After enjoying a breakfast buffet with an extensive choice of foods, Cheryl and I went on a garden walk with a guide who introduced us to the plants of the hotel gardens. Many were imported from other parts of Australia or countries and could only survive because they were well-watered from artesian sources. Our guide had learned about the medicinal and food uses of the native plants from his aunt, who worked as a guide before him. He was the translator for her, because she spoke only her native aboriginal...

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Australia 2015

Mar 10, 2015 - Sunrise at Uluru

March 10 Up at 4:30 to pick up our packed breakfast and catch the tour bus for the sunrise at Uluru Rock. We watched the sun come up from the east side of the rock so it captured the early morning rays. Then we were off to the trailhead for climbing the rock. The Anangu, who consider Uluru to be sacred, do not like people climbing it and when the percentage of climbers drops to 20% of the park visitors, the aborigines will legally be able to close the trail. The climbers not only offend aboriginal religious sensibilities, but their garbage...

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Mar 9, 2015 - On to Ayers Rock

Monday, March 9 Up early to take a taxi to the airport at 7:45. The taxi driver was a Punjabi man who very exuberantly explained his philosophy of life which is basically “Don’t worry, be happy.” Sometimes both hands briefly lifted off the steering wheel as he made a point. We arrived without mishap. The plane ride to Alice Springs was three and a half hours. No one had a window seat but glimpses out the opposite window showed a flat, desolate expanse of red soil and thin vegetation. However, the area around Alice Springs was...

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May 23, 2014 - Ayers Rock (Uluru), NT, AUS

A long drive today - 250 miles - and not much interesting about it. We drove straight south 200 kilometers through mostly flat land with occasional mountain cliffs rising in the distance. Fairly green, with grasses, scrub and small trees covering a red sandstone landscape. Two roadhouses for fuel and food along the way - nothing else. We filled up with $2.10/liter diesel figuring it was cheaper on this "main" route than it would be at our destination. Then a right turn followed by another 250 kilometers of the same scenery. The land did...

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Feb 18, 2014 - Kata Tjuta (many heads) & Valley of the Winds Walk

We were taken to Kata Tyuta National Park. via bus. The domes are the remains of erosion that began more than 500 million years ago. The area is sacred under Anangu men's law and namy stories cannot be revealed. We went on a walk on 2 sides of the base. I was over 100 degrees and the flies were awful. Beautiful. After the walk we went to another area and had wine and snacks as we watched the sun set on the rocks. Nice day!!

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