Wow, wow, wow… it really is difficult to tear your eyes away as you drive closer to Uluru, it is awe-inspiring. It rises up and dominates the landscape and even though we’ve all seen so many pictures, there is nothing like viewing it for real!
In the last 5 days we’ve enjoyed a leisurely cycle around Uluru – around 10.4km, and with frequent snack and photo breaks. We then battled the “Valley of the Winds Walk” through Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) – a not-so-leisurely 7.4km, at the end of which Isaac kept sinking to the ground moaning “I just can’t go on…”. He did, and we did complete it, the views were amazing. We spent 3 nights at the Ayers Rock Resort Campground, running in to other families we’d seen days earlier at Coober Pedy.
We then journeyed 300km to Kings Creek Station (a cattle/camel station around 30km short of Kings Canyon) where the camping is more basic and we could even enjoy our first campfires of this trip – Ross the pyromaniac was in heaven! Kids loved the wandering calf and dogs and patting the baby camel “Snowy” at the property.
Yesterday we prepared to complete the Kings Canyon rim walk, and surprisingly both kids were very energised and showed none of the lethargy they displayed at The Olga’s. The walk was around 6km but the proximity of the path to the cliffs had me nervously keeping Isaac very close behind me! The sandstone chasm plunges 270m to the canyon floor, I had to keep reminding Isaac to please not skip, long way to fall etc etc etc. Again the views were simply magic and Ross and I are so pleased the kids are now fit enough for us to enjoy these walks.
Today we travelled on to Alice Springs where we are stopping for at least 4 nights, we are at the Big4 and lucky enough to snaffle a ensuite site – not really roughing it at all!!!