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Apr 13, 2017 - From the centre of the continent............

KMS to date - 1,595 Since leaving Coober Pedy, we have headed due north and put on some big miles. We have ended the week in the ˋˋcommunityˋˋ of Erldunda, which is no more than a gas station, restaurant and campsite. Coober Pedy is unique and a very strange indeed, with 60% of the population living underground in cave homes called dug outs. The name Coober Pedy is derived from the indigenous name of ‘Kupa Peti’ which means ‘white man down a hole’. Talking to the locals, the temperature typically reaches well over 50 C in the summer, with...

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Sep 18, 2013 - Kings Canyon

Staying at Kathleen creek and then driving to Kings Canyon before 6am to do the climb is a bit of an effort but worth it. We got there so early it was still dark. We beat the bus loads of climbers. This is a four hour walk although some can do it quicker but we like to enjoy the scenery. It is very high up and not for the faint hearted but What a magnificent climb which goes right around the rim of the Canyon. It was so worth it. We're so glad we did it. Amazing scenery. Someone said to us that they didn't think it was worth climbing Kings...

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Apr 11, 2013 - Erldunda

We are now in ERLDUNDA which is a roadhouse/caravan park at the intersection of the Stuart Hwy and Lasseter Hwy which is the road to Ayers Rock. This is about 200 kms South of Alice Springs) We are staying here for the night and heading to THE ROCK tomorrow. Today was a long day as we had to do 500kms. (now I'm an old grey nomad I just cruise along) The welcome into the Northern territory was great BOOZE BUS in the middle of Australia just on the NT side of the border. Luck I had been behaving myself and got through OK with a small...

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Apr 9, 2013 - Dalhousie Springs to Erldunda

Day 13: Tuesday 9 April Dalhousie Springs to Erldunda / Sunny and hot Day 13 of our break We woke up early and started the day with scenic walk around a hill, the views of the surrounding country were stunning, at one stage we were very surprised to see a dingo staring at us (the ninth dingo I have seen in this trip). We ended the walk with a lovely hot swim in the mound spring. We got back on the rocky road, a person has told us that this road was not as bad as the road we went on yesterday, but we quickly discovered they were wrong. This...

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Dec 20, 2012 - Uluru to Cadney Homestead

Had a bit of a slack morning thanks to the campers that parked about 10cms away from our bed! They were up at 430 (we went to bed after midnight) having what sounded like a 3 course breakfast! Obviously off to watch an early sunrise. We still managed to be on the road by 830. The road back out to the Stuart Highway seemed to take forever coming in and just as long coming out! The kids weren't so great in the car, I think we went through all the food I had packed by 10am! We didn't quite make it to Coober Pedy, stopping at a roadside stop...

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Jul 14, 2012 - Seventh Night - Erludunda

Greetings from the NT! Today we travelled from Coober Pedy (SA) to Erldunda (NT). It was our longest single days travel to date. Our stay in CP was great. The hotel was really nice and the Customer Service was by far the best I’ve come across for a long time. We left Coober Pedy and stopped off at the Breakaways, about 20Klms North of CP. This is where Mad Max II was filmed along with a number of other movies. It is just stunning! I could have sat there all day, but we could only afford to spend about an hour. After parking at the Lookout...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Aus - Day 76 - Making our way back to Alice Springs

We figured out that over the past four days we have done over 34 km's worth of hikes. Jason says that is from St Paul to Moncton in New Brunswick, and of course factoring in that the terrain has been far from straight, with many climbs and descents. We took it easy today and headed on back towards Alice Springs. We stopped in at a little roadside cafe that had one gas bar and they wanted $2.50 for a litre of Diesel, good thing we stocked up in Uluru at $1.83 which still was too much. We'll have enough to get us to Alice Springs, where it's...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Aus - Day 75 - We climbed Uluru!

Woke up at 6am again and made our way to the sunrise viewing area for Uluru. Sun is set to rise at 7:30am. Viewing area was packed so we decided to walk down the path a little farther down and setup our camera. We waited, and waited and finally the sun started to rise but only to give us a faint color of red from the rising sun. We were somewhat disappointed but we got some wonderful shots anyhow and watched the sun come up on Uluru so hey what do we have to complain about! The day was absolutely gorgeous compared to the last 4 days we had...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Kulgera

Kulgera – in the really truly outback. Must be a lot of crime around here as there is a servo with camping area attached and a Police station….. And that’s Kulgera. Diesel is $1.90/litre… Happy hour is 1800 – 1900, lights out at 2030…. Hey I just realised it must be one of those upmarket health retreats, no phones, no TV, just pure country living. Still with water and power all in at $15/night it’s not too bad….. The big question is; will we survive Happy Hour???? Still a lot cheaper than Erldunda… The drive up, was to say the least...

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Jun 28, 2011 - Day 5 Coober Pedy to Kulgera

Day 5 Coober Pedy to Kulgera Change of plan….. We decided this morning that we would spend a couple of hours exploring the sights of Coober Pedy and then move on to make the trip out to Ayers Rock a bit more manageable, given we still have about 700 or so kilometres still to go. The night was much cooler and the winds started early hours of the morning which helped our washing to dry. We slept in until about 8am and we had a pancake breakfast, well most of us, given that Steve gave his up to have a 9 minute shower that cost 60 cents. We had...

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Jun 18, 2009 - Alice Springs to Erldunda

blue sky, cool 15o As we didn’t have a long drive today we took our time getting ready to leave. The sky was clear and looked perfect outside even though the windscreens of the cars had dew on them. The trip down is quite hilly following the West MacDonnell Ranges part of the way. About 120kms out of Alice Springs is a range of hills in the distance to the right that resembles what I think hills on the moon would look like. The country side has many rock formations that just appear out of the ground similar to Corroboree Rock. The sun...

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May 15, 2009 - Erldunda, NT

Today, we have travelled almost 500 kms north of Coober Pedy to the junction of Lasseter and Stuart Highways where there is a place called Erldunda. Shortly after setting off we came across a lot of the Coober Pedy mining sites, which we were able to take some photos of. The little mounds were everywhere, making the scenery fascinating.There were also lots of signs for people to beware of the holes, and keep out! Our first stop for the day was at the wayside stop of Cadney Homestead, which happened to have a very long road train, thus one...

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