The famous monolith of Uluru…. abundance of red soil… the large rock domes forming Kata Tjuta /Olgas ….the small quiet town of Alice Springs flanked by East and West MacDonnel Ranges…walk among the red rock cliffs in Kings Canyon and fascinating aboriginal stories.. all awesome things the Red Center has to offer!
Visit these places in the outback with a bunch of amazing strangers, a friendly guide, camping overnight, adventurous hiking during the day… and that makes a memorable trip!
Heaps of photos and stories to share from the six day trip, but first this is what we did:
Day 1: Arrived in Alice Springs, a small friendly town in Northern Territory.
Spent the day strolling in the CBD, a short walk uphill on ANZAC hill gives a bird’s eye view of the town as well as the East and West MacDonnel ranges.
Couple of hours in Reptile farm seeing the Australian wildlife followed by a quick tour of the only museum dedicated to Women in Australia.
Nice, cosy dinner and a friendly chat with the guide and other peeps in the group before the only non-camping sleep for the tour!
Day 2: Started off early morning at about 6:15 for Rainbow Valley…105 KMs south of Alice springs
A nice leisurely walk for about an hour before visiting Oak Valley.
Oak Valley boasts of regions oldest fossil fields and lots of plants used by aboriginals for varied purposes.
Camped under the stars in Owen sprigs Reserve!
Day 3: West MacDonnel Range’s day. Ellery Creek Big Hole ( a cute little picnic spot)
Ochre Pits where we saw the ochres used for paintings by aboriginals
and the 3-4 hours Pound walk at Ormiston Gorge comprised this day.
Pound walk offered some great views and some practise for the big Kings Canyon’s walk the next day! Camped at Glen Helen Gorge, campsite with tents and hot showers!
Day 4: Watarakka National Park. My favourite day.. Kings Canyon, the red rock cliffs, feast for the eyes and pain for the feet. The 6.5 KM walk a bit difficult and tiring (in the end!) but the views were so much worth it!
Not talked about as much as Uluru and Kata Tjuta, but a must see! Camping at Kings Creek Station.
Day 5: Saw Mount Connor and Curtin Spring on the way to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park which is the home for Kata Tjuta (pronounced as Joota!) and Uluru. The valley of the Winds walk, 3.5 – 4 hour, took us to the spiritual world of the Olgas!
Evening well spent watching sunset over mystical monolith Ayers Rock. Camped near Ayers Rock Resort.
Day 6: Last day. Amazing 10.5 km basewalk of Uluru. Heaps of aboriginal stories and watching dancing rays of morning Sun over different sides on the red rock! Visited the unique Aboriginal cultural center before taking the mid afternoon flight back home.
More pictures coming soon!