Sunset, Champagne and Ayers Rock

Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
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Trip End Nov 08, 2007


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ayers Rock? What if the romance of it like the Stonehenge was more the sizzle than the steak. Somehow the solitary figure of Princess Diana silhoutted against the background of Ayers Rock never left me I guess. As I surfed the net, I realized that the best way to go was to fly. The train from Adelaide was an overnighter and though a drive would be quite an adventure, the time would not permit.

Then it was a matter of flying directly there or perhaps to Alice Springs. Alice Springs , the outback town and the Nevil Shute book that I read when I was a young girl. How can I give this place a miss so I decided to fly into Alice Springs and take the day trip to Ayers Rock from there. And again thanks to the points from my Priority Club, I took my room at the Crowne Plaza.                         
    .Alice Spring

It started raining immediately after I picked up the Yaris and drove into Alice Springs. Dang it ...it shouldn't rain in the desert but it did.
We drove into town and surprise it was not two rows of shops as I had expected. Did my usual souvenir shopping, then drove out to Stanley Chasm . Our first trip to the outback was marred by the some of the clouds and we didnt get the brilliant blue that you usually get at the desert. The hike to Stanley Chasm was great and surprisingly for me , I found the walk quite enjoyable despite the fact that is was  not the mall....Stanley Chasm



It was evening and we decided to stop to see the wallabies feed in the evening . Another walk but yet it wasnt as tiring as I thought it would be and to watch wild wallabies feeding was something else.Wallabies feeding in the evening

Took an early night as we were too tired after all the hikes and was up early to take the flight from Melbourne and the next morning was a 6 am pick up by Emu Tours

Oh man , a five hour bus ride to Ayers Rock - was just wondering how that would turn out . Surprisingly it wasnt so bad because first of all , after the shower the day before, it was such a beautiful day - that I just soaked up the beautiful scenery of the outback. Secondly, we had interesting stops, one was for coffee and sandwiches and Emu tours guide, especially Shorty kept us entertained with his stories , jokes and information on the wildlife.

Pee and Coffee stop




  

We took a quick lunch break at the Ayers Rock Resort before heading off to the Park with a stop at the Abroginal Cultural Centre. There were two short hikes at the foot of Ayers Rock before we headed off to prepare for the barbeque and watch the sunset.
Preparing for barbeque at Ayers Rock
Finally, the hilight of the trip, when we set off to the area where busloads of tourist would camp and wait. We were early, so we had time to get the best seats, take pictures and watch the sky turn in its different colours while the sun was setting.

The Mighty and Majestic Rock
Sipping champagne, watching the sunset , though it was a tourbus, we hardly spoke except to just watch every single moment's of God's wonderful creation.

Once the sun was gone, we had to head back and that was another five hours, so we had to pack quickly and leave. As the sky turned dark into complete black, the stars packed up. We've never had such clear skies back home with its numerous stars . However, I could only enjoy it from the bus. When , we again made the coffee and pee-break stop , I immediately jumped out to see the stars under the tropics of ....I realised I have to come again perhaps this time with the kids and camp overnight to watch the night sky and its brilliant stars..
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