Tues. Sept.20 - Day 5
Left Alice Springs this morning and drove through 'trusts', which are like native reservations back home. The kangaroo signs were now camel signs, as there are over 1 million wild camels in this part of Australia. We were heading west on the Lassester Hwy just north of South Australia. We saw a goanna crossing the road and strange tennis ball size fruit growing along the ground on vines on the side of the road. We later found out these were gourds.
|More Australian road signs|
|Mt Connor, NOT Uluru|
|Red Center Way|
|You'll be supper tomorrow night!|
|look out behind you!|
|Ship of the Desert, follow the leader|
|Camel nose piece|
|Everyone is smiling, even Darby's camel|
|Ready for take off|
|What big rock?|
|Uluru ( Ayers Rock)|
|Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)|
|I see it! The red rock!|
|Best seat in the house|
|great birthday gift|
Wed. Sept 21 - Day 6
Up VERY early to watch the sun rise and the way the light plays with the colours of Uluru. We watched Uluru go from a greyish brown to an orange and then red. We couldn't believe how cold the red desert sand was this morning, compared to the burning heat of the sand during the day.
|keeping warm in the cool morning desert|
|view from our lookout at our campsite|
We headed into the National Park to hike and explore Uluru on the ground. The Uluru base walk is 10.6 km for a full circuit. We did the Mala Walk to Kantju Gorge, which is 2 km return and the Kuniya walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, which is 1 km return. We decided to do these trails instead of climbing Uluru, respecting the Tjukurpa & Anangu wishes. This also allowed us to follow the footsteps of ancestral beings that shaped the landscape. Some of the areas we walked were sensitive and sacred and thus we couldn't take photos in this section. The sheer vertical walls were enormous and there were many areas where the first Mala people camped and cooked at Uluru. The profound peacefulness of Kantju Gorge had us sitting and listening to the sounds in this area. The legend says this is the home of Wanampi, an ancestral watersnake.
|Shelter where the elders waited|
|Amazing looking rock formations|
|Anangu rock art|
|listening & watching the bird life at the waterhole|
We drove back to the resort campground and went for a swim in the pool. After we changed we caught the shuttle bus to the Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge for supper. It was a buffet so everyone was trying something new tonight. We had grilled or smoked kangaroo, barramundai, sushi, oysters, mussels and much more. Sushi was the big favorite tonight.
Took the shuttle to the supermarket to pick up a few items and then back to our camper van for the night.
After some souvenir shopping this morning we left Uluru to continue our adventure to Kings Canyon. It was a smoky, hazy morning as we turned onto Luritja Rd shortly after 11 am. We were hiking the Kings Creek at the bottom of the canyon by 1 pm. This was an interesting hike of the canyon floor.
|Kings Creek canyon|
|top of canyon wall|
|cool layers- so different from Uluru|
|long way up|
|Fires held us up|
|Waiting for the road to open|
8:45 pulled into Erldunda and got a site for the night. We went straight to bed after a long day.