Awesome Alice Spring Times

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Wild bull camel

After leaving Broome and dropping a few tears to say goodbye to my friends Jess and Adam, I flew to Darwin. To be honest, I don't know why people think that Darwin exciting... Personally I find it a really boring place. It's great to do tours from Darwin into Kakadu (unfortunately I didn't had time for that), but that's it...
I stayed in Elke's Backpackers which was a total rip off money-value wise. Plastic floors, holes in walls, noicy and not clean... Only good thing was it was closes to the bars and restaurants...

Then, I was time to fly to Alice Springs!! I stayed here for one night in Haven Backpackers, which is an awesome place.

The next morning I was picked up at 6am by Emu Run Tours for a three day camping trip. After 4 hours driving we arrived at Ayers Rock, or the official name Uluru. It was raining very hard and really cold. At the end of the day it cleared and we walked 10km around Uluru after getting some Aboriginal history about the Rock and the area.
Uluru is a sacred area for the Aboriginals. A few years ago the land was giving back to the Aboriginals and they don't appreciate tourists (Australians and overseas people) to climb Uluru. It is a really steep climb and pretty dangerous by the look of it. 90% of the time the climb is closed because of weather conditions: hard winds, too hot, rain, etc... I didn't plan on climbing Uluru because it is such an important place for the locals. I think every one should respect that.
Curtain Springs, on the way to Uluru
People in Alice Springs think that the climb might be officially closed for ever in a few months time. Uluru was created in the Dream Time Era of the Aboriginal believes. The story tells how two youngs boys traveled from south Australia to the centre and ran out of food and water. Nearly dead, they found a waterhole and stayed here for a while to get strong again. In the meantime they throw hands of sand and stones on a pile and the pile became a hill and the became a huge rock: Uluru. The waterhole is still there, at the foot of Uluru.
We stayed until sunset and were very lucky. It was still really cloudy at sunset, but the sun came through the clouds for a few seconds and the view on Uluru was spectaculair, just breath taking. The colors changed completely from dark grey, light grey, light orange to bright neon orange.
In combination with champagne and a delicious stir fry chicken meal, it was just perfect!
After sunset we moved to our campsite and rolled out the swags, a typical Australian way of camping: sleeping right under the stars in a survival bag around your sleepingbag. After a campfire and freezing temperatures (I was wearing five layers of thermic and fleece clothes and still feeling cold), it was really nice 'to swag it'. It was warm and really comfy. You just have to stop thinking about creepy crawlers around you that might crawl into your swag...

Next morning wake up at 5am. We had to be ready on time for the sun rise at Uluru and the Kata Tjuta (The Olga's). It wasn't as spectaculair as our guide promised us to be, but it was nice. Next activity was a 5km hike through The Valley of the Wind in Kata Tjuta.

So true ;-)
It's amazing how rocks can be so beautiful and special. Again it was a stunning scenery!
The afternoon was spend in the bus again. Three hours drive to Kings Creek Station. A tiny community at a huge cattle station. This campsite was more back to basic and it gave a feeling of real outback life style. They had a few camels, so I was really happy and said hi to them... After a delicious mixed grill with for example kangaroo and a campfire, it was swag time again!

Another early morning wake up at 5am, as we had to ready for another sun rise at Kings Canyon. Here we did the 6km rim walk, which was, again, spectaculair!!! It's unbelieveble what nature can do! Kings Canyon was pushed up from the earth million and million years ago. People believe that Australia had a huge inland sea and there are some things that might prove this believe.

Some rock have a wave stucture, like you see on the beach when water and wind push up the sand. Kings Canyon is build up from sand stone, you can crumble it into piece in your hands! It is white, but the outside is eroded and iron oxidated, that's why it has the brown/gold colors. There are some plants growing here, that don't grow any where else in Australia or in the rest of the world.

After a good lunch, we had to move on again. The trip came to an end, but not before we visited the famous Camel Farm, an hour from Alice Springs. Camels!! We've seen a few wild ones on the way, but here we got another chance to ride the camels. They did it a little different here, than we did at my job in Broome. The farm has a lot of land, so all the camels could walk around without being tied up to another.

Uluru in the rain
Good fun!
At the end of the day we got back to Alice Springs and we had dinner at the Bojangles, a saloon. Dinner was really good (and cheap). And that was the end of an amazing weekend!

Today I went to town, but almost every thing was closed. A public holiday that only exist in Alice Springs: Picknick Day... Can you believe it??? Luckily the Reptile Centre was open. I've been almost 11 months in Australia and I did see one snake. Every one always says: be careful for snakes, they are every where... I was disappointed for not seeing many snakes. So I asked in my hostel if there are locals known to handle snakes in the area. They told me to ask for Rex in the Reptile Centre. So, there I went. Asking for Rex, but he wasn't there. I explained my situation to Justin and he was more than happy to take me 'back stage' and he let me handle some snakes!! It was great and I was surprised by the strength of some snakes.

Me at the Rock
I only got to handle the constrictors, the poisoness ones were too dangerous. So I got to hold a few Olive Pythons and a beautifull black and grey Carpet Python. I was a happy girl!!

Next things I have to do, while being here in Alice Springs is sorting out my taxes, buying shitloads of souvernirs for friends and family and I might to a bit more of sight seeing in the area...  I will update this entry when I've done more interesting stuff!

Here are some pics! And reviews will come later on...

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Wild bull camel
Wild bull camel
Curtain Springs, on the way to Ulu…
Curtain Springs, on the way to Ul…
So true ;-)
So true ;-)
Uluru in the rain
Uluru in the rain
Me at the Rock
Me at the Rock
The Waterhole
The Waterhole
Champagne just before sunset
Champagne just before sunset
Different colors as the sun shines…
Different colors as the sun shine…
Uluru on fire
Uluru on fire
The sky on fire
The sky on fire
Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
Emu Run Tours
Emu Run Tours
The swags, aka body bag
The swags, aka body bag
Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon
Garden of Eden in Kings Canyon
Garden of Eden in Kings Canyon
Deep clifs hiding in between all t…
Deep clifs hiding in between all …
Little bit of paradise
Little bit of paradise
White sand stone
White sand stone
Baby camel!!!
Baby camel!!!
Salt and pepper
Salt and pepper
In the reptile centre
In the reptile centre
A baby blue tong lizand, so cute
A baby blue tong lizand, so cute
Back stage
"Back stage"
A 13kg Olive Python, so strong!!!
A 13kg Olive Python, so strong!!!
Alice Springs
photo by: WandaMichelle