Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings canyon, Alice Springs
Left Melbourne and flew direct to Ayers Rock airport. Tiny airport, only room for one plane. the airport is exclusively for the Ayers Rock resort. Met up with my tour group for the next 3 days. First went to the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and had a look at all the displays. Drove to Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and did a short walk. We were supposed to be doing a much longer one but it was closed due the really hot weather. Kata Tjuta is so much more sacred to the Aborignals than Uluru that they are not allowed to discuss it with the “uninitiated”. Therefore barely anything is known about it. Headed back to the campsite and went up a sand dune to watch the sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Had dinner cooked over the fire and slept out under the stars in swags (like matresses that you put your sleeping bag on), no tents. Very cool as sky was so clear could see thousands of stars.
Next morning, got up at 4 (hope you’re all impressed) to leave at 5 to catch sunrise at Uluru. Then drove right up to the rock to do the base walk. Some decided to climb the rock, but in places it was near vertical, so I stuck to the 14km around it. Finished it by 8 so it hadnt got too hot, though by that point they had closed the climb as temperature predictions were above 36 degrees. Drove past Mount Connor and the salt lake to Kings Canyon. Spent a couple of hours cooling off in the pool before a second campfire dinner and night in a swag.
Next day, we got a lie in until 5! Drove to Kings Canyon and did a 6km walk around it, starting with a very steep ascent nicknamed heart attack hill. Another early lunch and a swim in the pool before the 5 hour drive back to Alice Springs. Here we spent the evening in Melankas Party Bar where we got a free dinner as well as some free entertainment from 3 of the guys on my tour. Great fun and a very memorable evening!
Today, was a lot more relaxed. Flew from Alice to Sydney where Im spending the next two weeks.