. Stopped for lunch at Erldunda and broke my record for fuel prices; $1.98 per litre for diesel. Obviously a very popular stop, there were caravans, camper trailers etc. everywhere. We turned off the Stuart Highway and headed for Uluru. Just a note for the first timers, the rock you see about one hour down the road is not Uluru, it is Mt. Connor. It had us fooled but after seeing Uluru they are very different. Our first sighting of the rock was fantastic and we couldn't believe how big this thing is. You definitely do not get a true perspective from watching documentaries on tv. Not long after, we arrived at the Ayres Rock Camping Ground. The road from Erldunda to Uluru takes forever as it heads everyway except in a straight line to the rock. The campground is 20 km from the rock but it has a viewing platform that gives you a pretty good view. We will check out the sunrise in the morning, luckily not too early; 7.30 approx. Yulara is a little village with all the things required ie. supermarket, medical centre etc. The kids are ecstatic because there is full phone reception here (vodafone and telstra). We are looking forward to checking out all things Uluru over the next 2 days, lots of walking involved!
Nothing too exciting to report today. Got the alarm settings wrong and slept in until 5.30am this morning. Left Coober Pedy at 6.30am and headed for Uluru. Another day on the road but this will be our last long stint, all shorter after today. Breakfast at Marla courtesy of cereal boxes and milk. Not much to see out here apart from the odd cow on the side of the road and bush scrub. We have found the landscape surprising, always hearing about the "red centre". The dirt is red but there is a lot more vegetation than what we expected. You picture a flat red desert but basically what you see is paddocks of scrubby vegetation and there are quite a few hills. Saw our first lot of eagles today, soaring above the highway and the odd one munching down on road kill. Finally crossed the border into the Northern Territory and took the obligatory photos at the roadside sign. Melissa got a little bit emotional as this was a long time coming! We always felt we would do it one day but by ourselves not with the kids, sharing it with the kids makes it that much more special