Day Eight

Trip Start Sep 23, 2012
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The morning that greeted us was again chilly but promising a day of 26 degrees. We packed up, showered and we were ready to leave by 10.00am. The late departure was due to our short drive of only 250ks to Uluru. The drive was straight and uneventful which is a good thing when you are on the road. We stopped at Curtin Springs for lunch and noticed petrol had hit a new high of $2.11 a litre. Just before we had spotted a large red rock and the Dimenties became very excited BUT it was only Mount Conner! Never heard of it well either had we. It must feel like a poor relation just like Brad Pitt's brother on that tv ad. Eventually Uluru came into view spotted by me as Kelli was having a sleep. It was totally memorising and has a distinct awe.
We checked in to the Ayres Rock Resort - caravan park section of course and grabbed some lunch. It is an amazing resort with its own supermarket, police station etc. We even got a skinny cap which has been hard because cafes don't do skinny milk in the outback. We drove the 15ks to Uluru paying $25 per adult to enter the park. Up close we were surprised by its surface consisting of hard scale like rocks. Choosing not to climb was really easy in light of the culture and danger of the ascent. The first section has no rope to hold and it is really steep. There are plaques to recognise people who have died while attempting the climb. Uluru is a sacred place made apparent by our visit to the culture centre. Chloe signed the "I didn't climb Uluru" book. On our return to camp Kelli took the kids swimming and I snuck off to watch my Bulldogs lose the NRL grand final.
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Leanne Kelly on

Hi Aussie travellers!!
You are really going through the miles at a fast pace! You will be back home by next week the speed you are going! And I loved the part about Mt Conner. That brought back memories of the time we travelled into the outback with the kids. We all thought Mt Conner was Uluru too. It must happen all the time. Well, continue having a great time. cheers Leanne

Min on

Love Chloe signing the book! Good work Chloe! Sounds like an amazing day and Im glad you decided to not do the climb! xx

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