Good morning all, its 09:30 and we just about to check out our hostel in Cairns and pick up the campervan. Wes has decided to take the driving seat first so fingers crossed we can remeber how to drive.
We got back from our 3 day adventure a couple of days ago. The trip was amazing as you can see from our pics, we'l do a run through of each day.
We got picked up at 6:15am and headed off on the road, our first stop was Kings Canyon, here we had a 3 hour walk up the 200ft canyon. The first part of the walk was called 'heart attack' hill, needs little more description! After our walk, we went to collect firewood, literally stopped at the roadside to deforrest the nearest bit of bush...all we had was our fists and feet! We then headed to the beer shop to stock up and then ade our way to camp.
We arrived at a deserted bit of outback, literally we just drove off the road down a dustry track and decided to camp there. The campsite had no electricity, lights, water, toilets anything....the toilets were split, the girls on the right, the boys on the left and just choose your bush....While at Kings Canyon, me and Wes were iven jobs to do, I was in charge of Marshmallow buying and cooking...Wes was given the job of building and maintaining the fire, we called him Fireman Sam and it stuck... So when we arrived at camp wes had to get the fire going while we all unloaded the trailor and ot cookin underway, meat eaters had Chilli Con Carne and Veggies had rice and veg. After tea we chilled around the campsite, had beers, played cards etc. We eventually decided to get some kip at about 1ish, we climbed into our swags, for those of you who dont know what a swag is, its like a hefty sleeping bag which un zips and you then put a normal sleeping bag in it. The first night was pretty warm as we managed to keep the fire going all night, to be honest sleeping under the stars was amazing, we've never seen so many.
The second day we were up at 6 ish again and had a warm porridge and toast to get us ready for the day ahead. We headed for the Olgas, these are 36 large round rocks, these are huge some of the were up to 700metres (I think!). We had another 2 hour walk down the valley of the winds. After our walk we had some wraps for lunch....In the afternoon we went to Uluru (Ayers rock) for a small walk around the base of the rock. Being up close to the rock akes you realise just how huge it is...we finished the walk and headed to a view point so we could watch the sunset over Uluru. We arrived at the view point and took a few beers and our cameras up the red sandy path and got in position, there were literally hundreds of people there, somne of the tours had champagne and BBQ's on the go. Its wierd to think how many people fly to the middle of a desert to see this great rock. We took loads of pic which are in the album, theres one of us with our mates, we tried to spell ULURU between us, each person was a letter, Wes and I ot 'R', he was the top part and I was the bit sticking out, which entailed me holdin y leg at a 45 degree angle while everyone took pics! Oh something I forgot to ention, at Uluru there are millions of flies all over you, there so persistant, in particular they loved Wes' ears!
After sunset we went back to new camp and swagged out, I think we had about 4 hours sleep after more beer drinking and card playing, when we were up again to watch the sunrise over Uluru. We then headed to Uluru for the walk around the base, lots of the group wanted to walk up the actual rock so the tour guide agreed to stay anb extra few hours for us. Wes and I gave it a crack and got about 1/3 of the way up when the height got to us, even where we were was so so high, its mad because all you have it a small chain to hold onto, basically you risk your life to walk up...over 45 people have lost their life trying..1 last week. A few people made it all the way and showed us the pics which looked pretty amazing.
So we're now in Cairns and we went out with a few people of our tour which was a fun night, we're now as I said about to get 'home' for the next 40 days...
We'll try and blog again soon though it may be harder as we'll be on campsites... xxx