Saturday, August 20, 2011

Uluru- Up Up and Away

One of my favourite things to do is to fly around Uluru and Kata Tjuta, it’s not that expensive to do.  You can go on a brief 15mins to an hour flight, we did the half hour flight.  This is the second time that I have done this and next time would really like to do the hour which includes flying over Kings Canyon, Mt Connor and Lake Amadeus. You are unable to fly over the top of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and have to fly a certain distance away from them  but that really doesn't matter.

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Ready to go Tony got the front seat as usual.

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Connellan Airport

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Ayers Rock Resort.  Everything from camping grounds to 5 star Motels.

 

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You can see the  climb where the cars are parked,

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You can see the surface is full of small craters not smooth at all.

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This was one of the highlights from our trip.

Bye for now

Jackie

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Uluru – On top of the World

I know people have different opinions on the climbing of Uluru so this is not a right or wrong post and my views are irrelevant.  Tony, Stitch and a few of the other guys that were with us decided to climb and I must says their photo’s were wonderful. I'm sorry for what’s going to be photo overload but it’s really hard to get a handle on how huge this rock is.  Off the top of my head and I could be wrong but I think it’s about a 9km walk around the base.

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Empty car park at the start of the climb and also the walks around Uluru. At this stage the rock was closed to climbers.  The picture below is very deceiving  it really doesn't show just how steep it is.  It’s a steep little climb up to the hand rails.

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The first climbers of the day.

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Tony said once they reached that top bit, it dipped then went up again, he said you thought you had reached the top but had not,  it was never ending

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There's always one idiot that strays off the track, seriously what a dickhead this was so steep.

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From here on  are Stitchy’s photo’s

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yep it’s straight up

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No where near the top just having a rest.

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The next few photo’s taken by David Andrews.

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A few more of Stitchy’s

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You can see our trailer from here it’s the biggest vehicle in the car park. Lucy waited patiently for her dad to climb back down.

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Everyone had a very enjoyable morning and it was only 12pm.

Uluru

What can I say about Uluru, nothing I put into words can describe it, it’s magical.  You can feel the energy there its amazing and I found it to be quiet intense.  Once again I came away disappointed that I didn't get to spend enough time there and  I couldn't do any of the walks as I had a really bad back through most of our trip but I will get back there and spend the time that I need to. 

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To be honest I didn't like this viewing platform you get a nice view of  Kata Tjuta but the sun isn't as intense as it was from the view point that we were at in 2007

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Aren't the colours of the flora amazing it had rained the few weeks before our visit and it was really beautiful.

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cuppa time it was freezing.

We pulled over where the viewing platform had been a few years previous and in my opinion this was a much better spot to watch the first suns rays of the day hit the rock.

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A small part of a walk at the base of Uluru.