We have made it back up to our old stomping ground, or mango picking ground, of Ayr in northern Queensland.
After Coober Pedy we had a long drive up to Ayers Rock. We travelled into the National Park and watched the sunset - which is apparently a 'must see' in the outback. Unfortunately it was a little cloudy for us so we didn't get such amazing photos! The next morning before we set off for Alice Springs we visited the Uluru (Ayers Rock) Cultural Centre, which had lots of informational about the spiritual side of Uluru for the Aboriginal people.
After Alice Springs we travelled past the Devils Marbles, near Tennants Creek. We were amazed by the size of these granite boulders, and there were so many on the side of the Stuart Highway seemingly in the middle of a flat arid landscape! We got lots of good photos here which we might upload in the near future.
The journey after Tennants Creek was pretty uneventful, and we finally reached Ayr last Thursday.
We decided to try and sell our car whilst we were here because we are not planning on doing anymore driving while we are here. So we printed off some posters at the weekend, and put them up in the 3 hostels in Ayr the next day. After about 2 hours the phone rang and 2 german girls were interested in buying the car! We were pretty happy to say the least - we were expecting to struggle selling the car, especially up here in a small town! We advertised to sell the car for $3,200, and negotiated $3000 including camping gear with the girls. Which we no longer needed, and would struggle to sell anyway, plus the girls were really nice so it was good to help out fellow backpackers have the same great experiences that we had camping!
Unfortuately ever since we got here the weather has been very unfavourable for farmwork. Last Monday we even had a small flash flood in the hostel, but fortunately everything was ok and it drained away as fast as it had come. Ayr has become cut off from the surrounding towns, so there have been lots of trucks and other people stuck here as they wait for the road to reopen! We went into the supermarket this afternoon and there was little fruit and veg and bread left on the shelves!! On Tuesday evening, we had a Greyhound coach load of backpackers staying at our hostel as they had been stranded on route from Brisbane to Cairns - so it has been very hectic for the past 2 days - we have 10 people ordinarily in the hostel so it was a huge change going to 60+ people!
To get away from the hustle and bustle of the hostel, the 'orginal 10' decided to go to the local for a few jugs of Carlton Mid - $10/jug :-) The people we have met here are really nice and friendly and the owner of the hostel paid for most of our drinks! :-D
Yesterday and today have been really sunny and warm - so we hope it stay that way for a while!
Danny has been doing some odd jobs in the hostel in exchange for a weeks rent. We have both been busy sorting out the car for the sale - we had to get a road worthy certificate and all the registration forms sorted out.
So that bring us up to date for now. Fingers crossed for farmwork in the next couple of weeks :-)