Australian Holiday: 9th - 22nd September 2001
(CairnsAdelaide/Great Ocean Rd)

  Northern Territory: 14th - 16th

Fri 14-Sept	Cairns - Yulara		

		Flew from Cairns to Yulara Resort (Nearest township to Uluru/Ayers Rock) - arrived 
		just after lunch.  Had a look around the resort and took photos from several of the
		lookouts of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).  Got a very nice cabin in
		the campground.



Uluru (Ayers Rock) from Yulara Resort



Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) from Yulara Resort

Fri 14-Sept (continued)	Cairns - Yulara		

		Got picked up from accommodation about 5:30pm to go to the 'Sounds of Silence' dinner.
		Were taken by bus out into the middle of nowhere (as if I wasn't already there!) in
		the desert.  There I was surprised to find a circle of tables with linen 
		table-clothes, full silver service, and chefs and waiters welcoming everyone with 
		glasses of bubbly!
				
		After watching a wonderful sunset over the Olgas and the Rock from a lookout above
		(with more bubbly and Hors d'eouvres), had the other 3-4 courses of a delicious BBQ 
		dinner.  An incredible night - highly recommended!  (Warning: it get colds quick!  
		From about 30C to about 5C within an hour when the sun drops!)



The Chefs!



Sunset view from our table



Sunset with the Olgas in the distance

Sat 15-Sept	Yulara		

		After having arrived back from the 'Sounds of Silence' dinner about 10:30pm, had to be
		out at the bus stop at 5am to be picked up for the next days activities, starting with
		the Uluru Rock Climb!  Those aren't holiday times!

		After being picked up from the resort in the dark, travelled into the Uluru / 
		Kata Tjuta National Park to the base of Ayers Rock to watch the sunrise reflect 
		across the rock (with coffee and cookies!), causing it to change colour from a dull
		bluish grey to a bright orange/red.

		Before the sunrise was fully over (to avoid the full heat of the sun), continued on
		around the base to drop off the base walkers, and then the climbers (me).  
		The climb took about 2 hours return and had had incredible views and scenery, but also
		just about killed me! - it is amazingly steep!!

		After the walk I re-boarded the bus to go to the cultural centre for about an hour
		before heading back to the resort for a rest!

The Sunrise:

 

Sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru Rock Climb:

 

Craters on Uluru (Ayers Rock)



I made it!! - The summit of Uluru (Ayers Rock)



The descent

Uluru Base Walk:

 

Aboriginal rock paintings on Uluru



Ghost Gums seen during Uluru base walk



Ayers Rock Base Walk

Sat 15-Sept (continued)	Yulara		

		For the next tour of the day, I was collected about 2:30pm for the trip to the Olgas.
		Following stops at a few lookouts over the Olgas and a 1/2 hour walk amongst them,
		travelled back to a lookout of Ayers Rock and towards the Olgas, for the sunset.

		Due to the fact that the day had been half overcast, with a clear strip along the 
		horizon, the sunset was absolutely awesome!!  It was great as a background to the 
		Olgas and lit up Uluru with an amazing glow as though someone had flicked on 
		spotlights! (see below)



Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) - side view



Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) - west end view



Sunset reflecting onto Uluru



Sunset over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Sunset over Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), again

Sun 16-Sept	Yulara - Alice Springs - Adelaide		

		Last minute shopping at Yulara before flying to Alice Springs (10:35am) and then
		through to Adelaide.  Went into Alice Springs for about four hours, which was about 
		3hrs 50 too long!  VERY hot, VERY dry, and also quite dirty and had an unfriendly 
		feeling!  

		Had a look from up Anzac Hill, and a general wander around town.  
		Then flew onto Adelaide in the late afternoon.

 

Alice Springs, from Anzac Hill Lookout

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