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  • Day34

    Heading Bush Day 8 - Watarrka

    April 17, 2017 in Australia

    Amazing walk (6.4km) at Watarrka (King's Canyon).

    Heading along the Larapita Drive (most beautiful red road) Corbin spotted a thorny devil at the side of the road, slammed the brakes on and ran back to pick it up to show us. They eat ants, several hundred a day. Good! Also saw our first camel. These days they are caught and exported back to the Middle East.

    On the same road I experienced a moment of utter beauty when we first caught site of Tnorala meteor crater. We visited the next day 😎

    Had a great campsite in woods, very soft ground so tricky to get the long drop toilet stable. Then the ants arrived. One person gave up in the night and slept in the van.
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  • Day12

    Red Centre #2: Uluru (Ayers Rock)

    November 15, 2017 in Australia

    Im Outback war natürlich das Highlight der Uluru oder auch als Ayers Rock bekannt, den wir zum Sonnenuntergang und -aufgang entdecken konnten 😁 Am Abend zum Sonnenuntergang hat leider das Wetter nicht ganz mitgespielt, dafür am nächsten Morgen zum Sonnenaufgang 😁😁😁 YEAHH
    Das hieß aber auch...
    4:15 Uhr Frühstück
    6:45 Uhr das erste Mal Sonnencreme 😂
    8:30 Uhr bereits 10 Km gelaufen

    Das hat sich aber voll gelohnt 👍
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  • Day58

    Der Uluru

    October 11, 2017 in Australia

    Unser heutiger Tag drehte sich einzig und allein um den Uluru, der Stein wofür wir ewig lang bis ins Zentrum Australiens gefahren sind und der jährlich von rund 400.000 Touristen besucht wird.
    Ja…es ist ein riesiger Stein für den wir den weiten Weg auf uns genommen haben. Zwischenzeitlich haben auch wir gedacht ob es sich wirklich lohnt nur für den Stein über 3000 Kilometer weit zu fahren! JA das tut es DEFINITIV!!! Wir wissen nicht warum, aber irgendwie hat er was magisches, irgendetwas, dass einen verzaubert und einen immer wieder dazu führt ihn anstarren zu müssen. Als wir solche Geschichten von anderen Leuten vorher gehört hatten, waren wir uns nicht sicher ob uns das wirklich auch so ergehen wird und ob wir vielleicht enttäuscht sein werden…
    Das waren wir definitiv nicht!!! Wir haben den ganzen Tag am Uluru verbracht, morgens sind wir an einigen Aussichtspunkten vorbei um das perfekte Foto vom Stein zu kriegen und gegen Nachmittag waren wir im „Cultural Centre“ des Uluru´s. Hier haben die Aborigines ihre Kultur vorgestellt und erklärt, warum man den Uluru besteigen darf, aber nicht sollte!! Denn die Aborigines wollen nicht, dass die Leute die den Stein besteigen dabei ums Leben kommen. Der Nationalpark steht nämlich immer noch im Besitz der Aborigines und wird nur vom Staat mitbenutzt. Und da der Stein heilig ist für Sie, möchten sie nicht das sich jemand auf dem Weg dort hoch verletzt…Warum sollte man sich verletzen? Der Weg zum Top oft he Rock ist nicht ganz so einfach, er ist extrem steil und wird am Ende ganz schön eng (ungefähr 2 Meter breit). Deswegen ist der Trail auch nur ganz selten für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich, denn hängt auch nur eine Wolke am Himmel ist die Gefahr für Wind, Stürme und Regen zu hoch und der Weg schließt.
    Als wir vor dem Weg standen und hochschauten, kitzelte es uns in den Finger den Weg doch zu besteigen, auch wenn es gegen die Moral der Aborigines wäre. Aber er hatte geschlossen, weil es gestern Abend gestürmt hatte und der Weg davon noch zu glatt und nass zum drauf laufen war. Also sind wir wieder zurück zum ersten Aussichtspunkt um uns den Sonnenuntergang anzuschauen. Wir wissen jetzt warum er so beliebt ist…wir hatten Glück mit dem Wetter den Abend war keine einzige Wolke zu sehen und die untergehende Sonne hat den Uluru zum Leuchten gebracht. KNALLROT war er!!! Wir genossen also den Sonnenuntergang am Uluru und kochten uns nebenbei unser Abendessen.:)
    Später mussten wir noch nach unserer nächsten Unterkunft suchen und stießen auf einen recht schönen, gut ausgebauten Campingplatz direkt im Zentrum für 40 DOLLAR PRO PÄRCHEN…definitiv zu viel!!! Wir fuhren einfach drauf und übernachten hier, auf gut Glück, ohne zu bezahlen!! Denn morgen müssen wir um 3.30 Uhr MORGENS raus…Warum? Erfahrt ihr morgen.:)
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  • Day236

    Tour zum Uluru, Ayers Rock

    June 20 in Australia

    Das war eine kurze Nacht. Heute morgen um 06.00🕕 Uhr ging es bei winterlichen Temperaturen los,...unsere Tour zum heiligen Berg der Aboriginis, zum Uluru oder auch Ayers Rock genannt.
    Ja es ist Winter in Alice Springs. Allerdings würden wir solch einen Winter mit ganztägigem Sonnenschein und frühlingshaften 20 Grad über Tage und nur abends, nachts und morgens kalt auch gut in Deutschland aushalten. Das Verrückte ist, das im 1500 km entfernten Darwin Sommer ist.
    Zurück zu unserer Tour. Zwei junge recht cool wirkende Männer waren unsere Tourguides und begrüßten uns gleich mal mit einem Päckchen Orangenjuice....und die Jungs waren heute alles für uns...Busfahrer, Essenversorger, Guides mit einem umfangreichen Wissen, Entertainer, Grillmeister, Wein-und Sektausschenker....und dabei immer locker, lässig und freundlich.😊👍
    Auf der Hälfte der Strecke von 468 km gab es erst einmal zum Wachwerden ein Frühstücksbufett.
    Danach ließen wir so die Landschaft an uns vorbeiziehen...es ging auf Mittag zu und dann sahen wir ihn in der Ferne....den Uluru.😊😊😊 Da ist das ganze Land platt und mit Gräsern, Sträuchern und paar nicht allzu hohen Bäumen auf roter Erde bewachsen...und wie aus dem nichts steht da der rote Berg....Wahnsinn....Wie wir erfuhren gibt es den Highway zum Nationalpark seit 1989. Vorher brauchte man von Alice Springs hier her zwei bis drei Tage über Sandpiste. Was sind wir doch froh, dass wir das Jahr 2018 schreiben und alles schon etwas gemütlicher ist.😊 Im Red Center, so wird die rote Wüste hier genannt, die seit 1985 wieder Aboriginigebiet ist, fuhren wir in den Uluru - Kata -Tjuta-Nationalpark, der UNESCO Weltkulturerbe ist.
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Centre
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uluṟu-Kata-Tjuṯa-Nationalpark
    Für uns ging es aber nicht direkt zum Ayers Rock, sondern zuerst zu den sehr beeindruckenden 36 Felsformationen von Kata Tjuta, was viele Köpfe bedeutet... Was die Natur vor Millionen von Jahren alles so geschaffen hat....🤔😮
    Nachdem wir dort den vorgezeichneten Weg lang gelaufen sind und unendlich viel geknipst haben, ....Marc's Kommentar war nur:" Gut, dass man nicht mehr mit Film fotografiert und diese dann abgeben muß....das wäre eine teure Angelegenheit..."..., ging es weiter zum Aborigini Kulturzentrum. Die verschiedenen Holzarbeiten und Malereien der Aboriginis waren super interessant und beeindruckend.
    ....und dann kam der erste Stopp am Uluru.
    https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uluru
    Der Uluru ist nicht einfach nur ein roter Berg in einer sonst ebenen Landschaft.....es finden sich verschiedene Höhlen im Berg, zum Teil sehen sie aus, wie durch Wellen ausgewaschen, riesige Gesteinsbrocken liegen überall herum, es gibt Spalten im Berg die einmal vertikal den ganzen Berg hinunterlaufen, an anderen Stellen hat der Berg schwarze Streifen, als wenn da seit Tausenden von Jahren immer wieder Wasser den Berg hinunter geflossen ist, diesen aber nicht ausgehöhlt hat....Und wenn man den Uluru aus der Ferne betrachtet, so kann man bei den verschiedenen Formationen seiner Fantasie freien Lauf lassen....so gibt es dort schon einige Namensgebungen, wie eine Languste, Harry Potter, einen Elefantenkopf mit Rüssel, ein Gehirn, Mick Jaggers Lippe....
    Bis zum Nachmittag hatten wir nun schon auf einigen Stopps viel vom Nationalpark gesehen.
    Ja und bei jedem Stopp, wenn wir zurückkamen, hatten Kevin und Marc unsere Guides, eine neue Überraschung für uns,....ob Wraps zum Mittag🌮, Müsliriegel, Äpfel🍎🍏🍊 und Apfelsinen, Fruchtkuchen, Kokoskuchen🍪....eine einzige Schlemmerei und nicht machbar das alles zu essen.
    Und ein spezielles Highlight des Tages wurde das Grillbufett mit Sekt🍾🥂zum Sonnenuntergang am Uluru. Unsere Guides zauberten ein Salatbufett, packten den Grill aus und grillten Steaks und Würstchen....und ließen die Sekt- und Wein"korken" knallen....🍾🥂🍷
    Nun mußten wir nur noch wieder die 468 km zurückfahren🚌.....und waren abends um 23.45 Uhr🕧 wieder glücklich in unserem Hotel. Was für ein Tag.😊👍👌
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  • Day13

    Uluru - biking around

    June 29, 2017 in Australia

    When we visited in 2015 we noticed that you could ride your bikes around the base of Uluru and vowed we'd do it next time we visited - glad we did! It made the 15km (10km around Uluru plus 4.8km to/from Cultural Centre) very manageable for all of us! We packed a picnic, loaded the bikes on the car and headed to the Cultural Centre where we got info and saw Aboriginal artists at work, which the kids really enjoyed watching. A brief stop off for morning tea at the start of the Mala walk and then we were off! We headed around the rock in an anticlockwise direction - it was super cold on the southern side in the shade but there wasn't a cloud in the sky. We bumped into Olivia walking the opposite way around on the eastern side and she took some family snaps of us which was nice for a change! We ended up making it almost all the way around before we stopped for lunch at the end of the Mala walk - beautiful scenery and it was really nice and warm in the sun with the rock blocking the wind.
    Cold and windy back at the caravan park so we had dinner inside and a family game of Pictionary - Meg losing a tooth mid-game added to the excitement! Lucky she'd made a "tooth fairy jar" to bring with us!
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  • Day16

    Kings Canyon

    July 2, 2017 in Australia

    We headed back along the highway and turned off to head north to Kings Canyon. We arrived in the early afternoon so the kids had plenty of time to play on the playground and try out the swimming pool (bone-achingly cold!).
    On Monday morning we made a reasonably early start to tackle the Kings Canyon rim walk. We started just after 9 and had perfect conditions - cool enough to walk comfortably and no flies! There were plenty of photo opportunities and snack stops so the 6+km ended up taking us about 3 hours. Some really spectacular scenery along the trail and the terrain was easier than the Kata Tjuta walk - more solid rock and less gravelly.
    We headed back to the campground to relax (Marley had a 3 hour nap!) and then we headed to the pub for an afternoon beer - ice creams for the kids! Finn headed off to play with Xavier, one of the kids that had been on the 4WD weekend we went on, while Meg and Marley joined the UNO game being played by another Melbourne family who were sharing a table outside with us. Lots of dingoes around the campground, day and night - didn't seem threatening at all but definitely know that humans = food!
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  • Day21

    At about 4pm we packed up our winter woolies and got picked up by the tour bus to head to our sunset visit at the Kangaroo Sanctuary. We visited in 2015 and Finn was lucky enough to hold joey Indi when we first got off the bus. Meg and Marley had been too young to hold the babies last time so there was much speculation about whether they'd get their chance this time around. Finn was lucky enough to get the first hold of baby Milly as we disembarked and then Meg and Marley's perfect behaviour must have convinced Chris "Brolga" that they were responsible enough to have a hold too - as we headed out the back, he set up chairs for them and they both got the chance for a long awaited cuddle of Milly and Tilly!
    We then moved into the main paddock and had the chance to bottle feed some of the older 'roos, including Indi who Finn had held last time around. She's a beautiful blue-grey colour now and was carrying her own baby in her pouch! We also caught up with Roger who we met last time as a scary-looking alpha male that had chased Chris around the paddock trying to start a fight. A very different kangaroo this time around - he got beaten in a fight last year and since then has completely mellowed to the point he now lives out in the general population rather than being locked up in the "bachelor paddock" - his son Monty has taken over the mantle of top roo! He was quite slow and looked much smaller than he did previously and we all had the chance to pat him - quite difficult to reconcile that he was the same animal!
    We strolled around the Sanctuary as the sun set, added all our warm layers (and probably could have done with a few more!), watched the almost-full moon rise and we all had a turn of cuddling either Milly or Tilly. Another fabulous visit - think we'll have to make sure we visit whenever we end up in Alice Springs!
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  • Day37

    Driving through West McDonnell Range

    August 5, 2017 in Australia

    Beautiful drive west from Alice Springs to King's Canyon, through the West McDonnells and via 160km of dirt track. Quite glad that tomorrow we are staying put and not in the car though!
    Lots of beautiful gorges and rock formations, and so few people around.

  • Day43

    Uluru & Kata tjuta

    October 23, 2017 in Australia

    We take the plane to Alice Springs and rent another campervan to experience the real outback, from now on Oliver is travelling with us.
    After having quite a bit of rainy days and cold nights we thought we would be happy to feel some warmth, but in fact 40 degrees is a bit to much.
    Luckely the landscape is absolutely stunning! The 3.6km and 348m high uluru is very impressive as it changes colour during the day. Together with Kata tjuta these are sacred places to the aboriginals of the area.Read more

  • Day27

    Uluru

    November 16, 2017 in Australia

    Once you set foot in The Ayres Rock Resort and the environs of Uluru National Park, I think it fair to say that your feet will not touch the ground. Time is short and there is much to see, to the point of fitting in meals and a shower, becomes a feat of organisation. A great deal revolves around sunrise and sunset. I've always been a sunset person myself, early mornings being highly overrated I find. However, there is no avoiding an early start here - 4am pickups are de rigeur, which means rising at 3 and no breakfast. You call this a holiday! We did two sunset tours of Uluru and Kata Tjuta both of which were something of a damp squib as the cloud cover was too heavy to allow for the expected glorious sunset. In the case of both, thunder and lightening danced all around and the journey back from Kata Tjuta in particular was a tremendous electric light show, the like of which I have never seen or wish to again. It rained heavily overnight on both occasions and we were told today that we had been lucky, as the storms had dropped the normal daytime temperature from 40 to 30 degrees. I guess we are grateful!

    I had heard about the majesty and almost mystical power of Uluru and was slightly doubtful if I'm honest. I take it all back. This heap of Arco Sandstone is mesmerising and somehow you cannot take your eyes off it. The actual rock is in fact grey, but over millions of years the high iron content has oxidised producing the rich rust red colour we see today. We started yesterday at the obligatory 4 am and were delivered to the sunrise viewing platform to take in this wonder of nature and the effect it has on Uluru. I was advised by a kind ranger to take a photo every 2mins and afterwards look back, when you would see the gradual change in colour and it worked like a charm. The sunrise was pretty good I reluctantly have to admit and effect on Uluru quite magical. The only downside is being surrounded by the general public. Fabulous people watching of course and I came to the conclusion that most of them are nuts. The advent of social media and the selfie stick has had a catastrophic affect on the so called brains of the young. Most appear not to be interested in taking in all that is around them and the fact that they may never have this opportunity again. They are far more concerned with the inevitable countless selfies of themselves, as grinning morons, in front of whatever natural phenomenon happens to be in sight, or ringing up their friends and acquaintances to tell them at full decibel, whilst pacing the walkway, where they are in a variety of languages. Picture this: three rather disastrously dressed young ladies from the Manchester area cavorting about next to us in such manner, when one says to the other as they walk away "do'y realise I've bin so caught up with thut rock I've only taken 15 selfies!" Not a word of a lie.
    We moved on to drive around the base of Uluru and take various forays into and around the base of the rock. It is here particularly that it casts its spell. It's surface is smooth, but with varying erosion features set into its walls, that have become very much a part of the Aboriginal stories and culture. Sunset over the rock was,as I explained, not as normal. Thunder clouds backed it, lighting raged around and a double rainbow appeared over Uluru, so it may not have been a glorious sunset, but it was certainly spectacular. Whilst all this is going on, you are plied with wine, beer, whatever your tipple may be, canapés appear and a general convivial atmosphere prevails. It becomes all the more convivial as time goes on,as some just do not know where to stop!
    Kata Tjuta is completely different. The name in Aboriginal tongue means' many heads'. Their language only allows for counting up to three, so any more than three becomes multi. There are in fact 36 domes made up of a very different rock, called conglomerate, which is a rough mix of many types of rock held together by silts and sandstones. The surface is textured and rough and we took a walk up through Walpa Gorge, between two heads, to take a closer look. By now it is was about 7.30 in the morning and approaching 25 degrees. This is of course why so much is planned early or late in the day to avoid the extreme temperatures of midday. It was a terrific walk up and back through the Gorge, which I was really pleased to accomplish. Four years ago the knee would not have made it. The outside Aussie barbie, was rescheduled to inside the cultural centre and the study of the southern sky produced one lone star winking through the clouds. Oh well! Incidentally, the cultural centre is superbly done and a fascinating visit.
    We are now on our way back to Alice Springs and I am catching up with the blog. More fantastic people watching. It is rare for Peter and I to be involved in an organised tour, usually preferring to do our own thing. Here though it has achieved maximum opportunity in a very short time, albeit on a punishing schedule, so mission accomplished. Why is it always that the Brits always look the worst. Most shouldn't be allowed out of the country without a makeover. The advent and rise of casual clothing is a total disaster for the men in particular, although I can't say that the ladies get off scot free. One dear soul is sporting a strappy sundress with a thick white vest/ liberty bodice covering her to the neck! The men are by and large wearing ill fitting and uncoordinating short outfits with brothel creeper sandals or walking boots and high multi coloured socks. Crushed sun hats are worn in or out and I suspect for some to bed! Mind blowing. A mirror would be good here. Most English men should be obliged to be booted and suited, as they seem incapable of coping with anything else. End of rant and end of journey! We are almost back in Alice Springs and tomorrow are heading back to Adelaide, by air this time. We'll catch up then.
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