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Thursday, 13 May 2010 02:54
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 May 2010 00:21
Central Australia, Uluru, Kings Canyon… We didn’t know one of those names before going to central Australia. Now we can tell you that we will never forget them because it was a wonderful trip we lived there. The silence of the desert and the beauty of the natural landscapes made us love our 5 days in the desert.
Day 1: Alice Springs here we come!
We took our plane in Sydney to reach Alice Springs. As soon as we arrived we were seeking a car to rent. By doing so, we met to French guys: Marie & Romain. We discussed a bit a realized that we were going to the same places at the same time so we decided to share a rent-car. We had our first night in the tent in the Australian desert and we could feel the cold of the desert nights!
In Alice Springs we also saw the misery of the Aboriginal people and the way the “white men” treat them. We saw an Aboriginal trying to steal a bottle of whisky while we were at the supermarket. The men quickly catch him and beat him in front of us. They even asked him to be on his knees to ashamed him. That was awful and we will never forget this moment as we were literally shocked.
Marie & Romain.
Day 2: Holy Uluru
On the second day we discovered the biggest rock in the world in Uluru. Ayers Rock is 3,6 km long and rise a 348m from the surrounding sandy scrubland (867m above sea level).
We walked around “the rock” during 3hours and discovered Aboriginal sacred places. We could imagine how impressive this culture of more than 40 000 years old still is. We were disappointed to see that there were no Aboriginal people guided the tourists. Only white men. Who could possibly guide better than the Aboriginal on their own land?
At the end of the day we enjoyed the sunset on the rock. A really unforgettable performance.
Extraordinary Ayers Rock.
Day 3: The Olgas.
We got up at 5AM to enjoy the sunrise and what a landscape!
Once the sun rise we could warm ourselves and get a breakfast. Then we went to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a striking group of domed rocks cluster together to form small valleys and gorges. Kata Tjuta means “many heads”. We went walking through the Valley of the Winds which offered us wonderful view of surreal boulders.
To end the day we headed up to Curtis Spring a free camping area where we were allowed to make fire. So we went with Romain in the surrounding desert to find wood fire. We made a very agreeable fire and cooked pastas in it (well, we didn’t find any kangaroos while hunting!).
In every moment of the day the show is different.
Day 4 : Kings Canyon.
In the morning, after making fire to make coffee, we went in the direction of Kings Canyon.
After 400kms in the desert, without seeing anything but wild camels, we discovered the canyon which is one of the most spectacular sights in central Australia.
We walked in the Kings Canyon Rim and discovered the Oasis Garden of Eden.
Original morning cofee!
Day 5: Already the end.
We had 4 wonderful days in Central Australia. The landscaped are from another planet and allowed us to feel the magnificent Aboriginal Culture. In Addition, we met people again and had the chance to share great moments of happiness with other people.