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Jun 17, 2018 - The Red Centre

We left Alice Springs and headed southeast for about 300 miles on another narrow outback road to the national parks in the area known as the Red Centre. It’s named this because the soil is very red as are your clothes after a day of hiking. We spent a couple days exploring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park also known as Ayers Rock and the Olgas. The Park is a World Heritage site on lands owned by indigenous people and is a very sacred site. Uluru is a massive red sandstone “rock” over 2 miles long, 1.5 miles wide that rises 1142 feet from the...

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May 18, 2018 - Uluru and Kata Tjuta

We expected Uluru (Ayers Rock) to be amazing…and it was. Nearby Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) was impressive too. Both are very red and at times they feel other-wordly. The eleven hours between sunrise and sunset were filled with walking and 'watching' the rocks from a range of angles. After dark there was dining in the desert and a stroll through the field of lights (see photos). We also learned about the handback to the Anangu (1985), indigenous culture and desert wildlife and plants.

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May 2, 2018 - Uluru and Yulara

OK here we are in Yulara, the township close to Uluru, or Ayers Rock. We arrived with yet another 'injury' - this time, we inadvertently left the front window cover open - by the time we realised, it was separated from the van, just held there by our forward motion!! Luckily, it is not damaged, and should be able to be replaced - along with our awning!! This is turning out to be just one of 'those' trips!!! Our 3 previous long treks have been incident free, so guess this is our turn for those pesky things that can go wrong!! Anyway, lovely...

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On The Road 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - Ceduna to Uluru

OK Finally, an update of our travels so far. Today 28th April, we are in Kings Canyon Resort in Central Australia. A lot has happened since we left home on 12th March, but the internet is hard to get linked to for any length of time, so have left it all to now. Still do not have the internet but will get this written and brought up to date ready for when we do!! We left home 5am on Tuesday 12th March- a few minutes late as I accidently poured my boiling travel mug of coffee down my back – was in my backpack pocket but hadn’t realised it...

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On The Road 2018

Apr 13, 2018 - only two right turns

latitude = Miami We drove about 270 miles from Alice Springs to Uluru, which used to be known as Ayres Rock. I had the impression that this drive would be desolate and lonely. I’m sure that there are many outback routes that are, but we have driven roads in Nevada that are much more so. It is a very narrow two-lane road, which is a major artery for tourists and commerce. Three carriage roads-trains are common and we even saw one touch hauling four trailers. They are OK to drive on a route without turns, but once they get to a more populated...

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Jun 12, 2017 - The Red Centre

6 June - The Red Centre Up soon after sunset, at around 07.00, still cold but Ruth had switched on the heater so it was comfortable. We packed up and went into the Roadhouse to have a look at their gallery. They have quite a collection, all painted by local indigenous people, some nice pieces but we felt we had bought enough aboriginal art already. Topped up with fuel and we were off. Heading west along the Lassiter Highway for about 50km to the turnoff for Kings Canyon. Still another 150km to go. Through semi-desert, the road rose and fell...

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Oz and the Big Lap

Jun 24, 2016 - Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and Mataranka

15/6/2016. Hi everyone. Today we walked 8.1km around Kings Cannon for about  5hours. It was very tiring. But amazingly beautiful. This is Garden Of Eden which was beautiful. At the first part it was hard because you had to walk up steps and rocks. After that there was a bridge  we had to cross  There were heaps of lookouts that looked over the Garden of Eden and the tall 100 meter sandstone cliffs. At times I felt scared when I was close to the cliffs as the edges were crumbly.These photos are from the bottom of the Garden of Eden.  We had...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Coober Pedy to Kings Canyon

8/6/2016 Hi again, today is Jacks birthday in Cooper Pedy. We had pancakes for breakfast. After breakfast we all went to the kangaroo place where there is kangaroos and little baby kangaroos. The man let us feed the Kangaroos and he fed the little baby one. After we all drove to Crocodile Harrys which was a guy who caught crocodiles. The house was under ground, the things inside was very unusual kind of weird but there was pictures of him when he was young and with a crock. Crocodile Harry died in 2006 but there was lots of notes written...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Kings Canyon

The Kings Canyon hike was the best of the three. Uluru was majestic, and Kata was an interesting hike and views, but Kings Canyon was a more strenuous hike up into another world. The rocky terrain had image after image of formations and imprints from 100's of millions of years ago. An interesting sight was of a recently broken rock formation (the broken bit the size of a bus) that revealed an eerie white scar. Turns out the base rock is actually white but has been layered over with millions of years of iron dust that then rusted red. The...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Uluru -Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory

The Anangu people have lived around Uluru and Kata Tjuta for at least 40,000 years. In their culture, the land was created by the creation ancestors during the Tjukurpa (creation time or dreamtime). In their travels, the creation ancestors made marks on the land and made laws for the people to keep and live by. Each mark is associated with a story telling of its creation and the moral as it relates to the people. Not having a written language, these stories are handed down orally from generation to generation; women’s knowledge taught to...

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2014-Australia

Jul 23, 2013 - Uluru and Kata Tjuta

(Ben) Well, where to start ... What a great couple of days we've had here. Could probably sum it up with words like spectacular, COLD, breathtaking, memorable We made it to Yulara, the resort/camping community near Uluru on the 21st, set up camp, saw the sun set on Uluru from the top of a dune in the campsite and also met another family camping just nearby. It feels like we might be seeing a bit more of Kev and Tania and their kids Larissa and Patrick as we make our way around the west coast. They're taking a similar route and we've hit it...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Uluru & Kata Tjuta National Park

06/07/13 Uluru and Kata Tjuta (Ayres Rock and The Olgas) We woke up early today then drove for an hour. Finally we are here at Uluru. First we went to the information centre and learned about the Aboriginal history at Uluru. Then we went on 2 walks one called the Mala walk then the other called Kuniya walk. When we finished the walks we drove out to Kata Tjuta. There we did another 2 walks called the Valley of the Winds and Walpa Gorge. They had beautiful views and nice Aboriginal artwork. Last of all we went to a lookout where I spotted 2...

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Stringers Go West

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