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Pics of The Rock Tour

Ugh. If ever there was a place where I've felt completely an outsider, it would be Alice Springs. The Aboriginals here are scary and, quite frankly, weird. They freak me out. I don't want to even go to town, really. But I have to be here until Monday when I catch the train to Darwin, so...I'll just hang out at the hostel, mostly. Luckily there's wireless here as well...

Anyways. Just wanted to give you some pictures of my three-day tour of the famous Rock, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Kings Canyon. Absolutely breathtaking, all three of them, but my favourite would have to be Kata Tjuta. Everyone, EVERYONE, should go do the Valley of the Winds walk over there. It's almost 8 kilometres and it has some rough climbing but the views, oh my God. Sadly they don't look anywhere near as amazing in the pictures, which is why you need to see it for yourself. Highly recommended.

We had a very good time. I was lucky as everyone in the group, as well as the tour guide, were great. Wonderful three days (and two nights, sleeping outside in the swags...)




Go The Rock company!:)


First stop was at a camel farm - haven't been on a ride yet but I hopefully will at some point.


Kings Canyon. See the tiny carpark somewhere far, far down there? That's where we had to climb from - the nearly vertical climb is charmingly known as Heart Attack Hill. That's pretty much what it felt like...


Hiking at Kings Canyon. Apparently they sometimes do it in a 47 degree heat - we luckily only had about 24 or so.


A big drop and tiny, tiny people on the other side of the canyon.


Ooo swags...first night's camping, on a cattle ranch called Curtin Springs. A million and a few hundred acres, so there's soom for a few backpackers!


Campground on the morning of day two. The night was mostly cloudy, so it wasn't cold to sleep outside even though I was worried about it beforehand. But then again the stars were also covered, which was somewhat of a bummer.


Kata Tjuta (meaning many heads) from a lookout.


Some strange blob in the distance:) One of the first sightings of Ayers Rock (or Uluru as it's known nowadays).


This is from the Valley of the Winds walk.


It doesn't look as nice here but this was probably one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen.


Still at Kata Tjuta. The contrast of the red rock and the deep blue sky was really amazing.


Uluru at sunset. The rock is supposed to change colour as the sun goes down, which it did a bit, but it wasn't quite as amazing as I expected...


But still it was a damn nice sunset!


The second night's campground, or the "kitchen" of it, at Ayers Rock Resort. They had showers and everything - after two days of hiking, it was the best shower of my life!


The first rays of sunrise at Uluru. Had to get up damn early to catch it and it was FREEZING, but worth it.


Dawning...


And the day has begun.


The rock is a lot bigger than I thought - the walk around the base is 10 kilometres. There's some very interesting rock formations along the way, like this one - I call it the face of Uluru. Looks like a whale's head or something.


No climbing, not that I was going to. Apparently even the smallest breeze can be enough to blow a person off from the top. It's a scary thought.


This is the climbing route. It doesn't really look like it here, but it seems completely vertical at places - I don't know how anyone can get up there. 35 people have died while attempting to climb Uluru, 10 of them in the past ten years. That should tell you something.

Comments

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shadownlite
Jun. 14th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
Wow! The area looks gorgeous! I would love to see Uluru someday!

Thanks so much for sharing the photos!
finnstardust
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
You're welcome! You should see it, it's very beautiful. And there's a lot of fascinating history associated with it.
alyssa22
Jun. 14th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC)
Told you Alice Springs was scary.

And it's a cattle station, btw. We don't call them ranches here.
ankareeda
Jun. 14th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Great pictures, thanks for sharing. :D You're going to Darwin? Awesome, have a great time. I would love to see some pictures from there. *hugs*
finnstardust
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Thanks hon! Yeah, I'm just going for a week - apparently it's unbearably hot there so it'll be interesting...
(Anonymous)
Jun. 14th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
Only about 30-35 or so... Not that hot. You'll survive.
alyssa22
Jun. 14th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Found the website for the place you stayed: http://www.curtinsprings.com/

Nice...
finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Cool, I need to look at that when I have more time.
quiet_fractures
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)
Omg why are there no pictures of you, that is a shame. ;)

I love the camels omg. I would die if I ever had to walk that much. Still pretty.
finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
It's because I don't like my pictures! But there are some on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=23045&l=1a5dc&id=667542009.
alyssa22
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
There are wild camels in the outback... they just roam around...
finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, we saw one just on the side of the highway.
napalm_isis
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
Wow! Those are amazing photos! Beautiful stuff.
finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!
major_zoidberg
Jun. 14th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
AWESOME PICS! Uluru is on my enormous list of things to see. :p
finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Hehe, yeah you should...though it's not as amazing as Kata Tjuta, it's still kind of cool to see it.
wikidwitch
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
OMG! CAMELS! They so funny looking :)

These photos are incredible! Makes me wish I'd actually get off my butt and see the country I live in.
finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Don't worry, I haven't seen anything of my own country either. I think everyone is like that...
Thanks!
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finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
I don't like Alice that much to be honest, Aboriginals or no Aboriginals...it's very boring. I'm absolutely ready to leave now.
alyssa22
Jun. 15th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Argh! I hate American terminology being used in this country. It's so bloody annoying.
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alyssa22
Jun. 15th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Exactly. It drives me insane. Then there's the use of the term "no worries" which came from here that everyone's claiming as their own now.. just annoying.
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alyssa22
Jun. 15th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
I remember when I was in Ireland about eight years ago, a Canadian guy was cracking up every time I said "No worries". He thought it was so Australian. Now you hear Americans saying it on American shows... it's just weird.
muldy
Jun. 15th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Hmm maybe I should go there :-P Lol.
finnstardust
Jun. 15th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
It would be worth it, I'm sure:)
erries
Jun. 16th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, these pictures are unbelievable. I can understand that it must be so much more amazing in person, but even if the pictures don't do it justice, they're still very impressive! It's gorgeous.
finnstardust
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was very nice, yeah.
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