Alice Springs to Yulara

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Floodwater
We had decided to leave at around 6am, and we actually did! After a few stops along the way we left town in two cars: Jason in his and us in ours. On our way out of town we thought we’d see some animals, but again no luck. We did see a hot air balloon though! The first part of the trip was quite nice, cool and a few things to see along the way. We stopped at a flood on the road to take some pictures and that’s when Jason told us about the oil leak. He decided to keep going until we got to Erldunda, which is the turn off to Yulara and Uluru, and see how things were looking then. Unfortunately they were no better, and he had to get his car towed back to Alice Springs.
Cattle beside the road

We continued on our way, and the next part of the trip was quite boring, very flat countryside and not much to see until we got to Mt. Conner. Initially we thought it might be Uluru (Ayers Rock) as it was a big red rock but we thought we shouldn’t be able to see it from such a distance (130k’s). It was quite spectacular though! The best thing about it was that we finally got to see our first wild camel.

When we got to Yulara which is the town built to service the tourists that visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s), we were quite anxious to see the room. We had paid a lot of money to stay there, but we were a bit worried that the room wouldn’t be up to scratch. There was no need to worry though, the room was great! When we entered the room the kitchen was to our left, and a double bedroom to our right. Then there was the dining room to the left as well, and the bathroom on the right.

Flies
There were stairs straight ahead, and downstairs was the lounge room and the king size bedroom. (We got a two bedroom apartment as Jason was supposed to stay with us.) There was also a little patio and garden area at the back. There were heaps of towels, bath robes, that sort of stuff. It made a very nice change.

After unpacking and relaxing for a little while we had a look around the resort, and went to look for a restaurant where Merv and I could eat that evening. We thought we might as well make the most of it and splurge on a babysitter and a nice romantic dinner! We did some grocery shopping and Reagan had an ice cream, and after that we went for another drive to see Uluru. Both Jordan and Reagan fell asleep in the car on the way there, and when we stopped to get out and have a closer look they both woke up, but Reagan didn’t even want to get out of the car, she just wanted to sleep more, and that after asking about the big red rock since we left Rockhampton! Our impression of The Rock was that it looks much better from a distance, as it doesn’t look as red from up close.

Inland lake
Also you can get much better pictures! There is a chain going up so you can climb it, although the Aboriginals ask you not to as it is a holy place to them. We didn’t climb it, although I did walk up the bottom bit to get to some plaques that commemorate people that did climb it and died doing it… After that we drove around it, and then went back to the hotel.

After getting the kids ready for bed and getting ready to go out to dinner ourselves we waited for the babysitter, who arrived soon after. We walked to the restaurant called the White Gums, where they had a buffet dinner. I must admit it was a bit disappointing: my soup tasted like warm water which didn’t help, but the main problem was that we were both just too tired to really enjoy the meal! We were back at the room before 9pm…

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Floodwater
Floodwater
Cattle beside the road
Cattle beside the road
Flies
Flies
Inland lake
Inland lake
Inland lake
Inland lake
Mount Connor
Mount Connor
Wild camel in the distance
Wild camel in the distance
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Ayers Rock Resort Sign
Ayers Rock Resort Sign
Our room
Our room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Dining area
Dining area
Dining area as seen from lounge (l…
Dining area as seen from lounge (…
Lounge (living)room
Lounge (living)room
Bedroom
Bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Which way do we go from here?
Which way do we go from here?
The back of Uluru
The back of Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru and wattle
Uluru and wattle
Jordan on mums shoulders with Ulu…
Jordan on mum's shoulders with Ul…
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Walking path
Walking path
Sign about climbing Uluru
Sign about climbing Uluru
Plaques for people who have died c…
Plaques for people who have died …
Desert flowers
Desert flowers
Uluru
Uluru
Reagan wth ice cream
Reagan wth ice cream
Yulara
photo by: siri