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Alice Springs Continued…


Journal Entry

3/12 – “Had another nice lie in this morning. Still not feeling too great so I spent most of the morning drinking my weight in water!!

I decided to spend all day back at the hostel with Lesley and tried to top up my tan, but it was pretty hard with it being so so hot. I know – mad!!

Linda headed off with Sabine, who was now staying at our hostel (from the trip). They headed to the Telegraph Station (first white settlement in Central Australia).

After spending lots of time trying to catch up on my journal, me and Lesley decided to do a spot of sunbathing by the pool (second time having the body out in a bikini! First time was by the hotel pool at Uluru!!!). Spent the whole hour sweating on the sun lounger… so hot! Think I got a wee bit of colour though!!

Tonight we decided to abuse the BBQ and have ourselves a wee feast. It was lush!!

Lesley’s cigarette packet had a creepy picture of an eye on it (images to try and prevent people from smoking…!), however we decided to tear it off and stick it to our faces for photos!! As you do!!

Tonight, I also packed my bag ready for us leaving tomorrow. Really don’t want to have to say bye to Alice Springs and of course Lesley :(.”

Alice Springs, NT, Australia


Alice Springs – Otherwise known as the capital of the Northern Territory!! If you ever plan to become a local here, you must be able to witness the Todd River (which runs right through the town) flowing three times in your life… apparently the river only runs every 20 odd years or so!! When I visited, it was – as ever – bone dry!!

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Kings Creek Station, NT, Australia


Kings Creek Station – Otherwise known as our final destination of our Groovy Grape trip. Here we slept in our swags for the final time… sad times!! I was in the company of many a creature… horses, dogs, lizards and camels to name a few! An amazing place :).

Journal Entry

29/11 – ‘4.45am wakeup call!! We got up way too early for my liking as we had a fairly lengthy journey to Kata Tjuta. We arrived just in time to watch the sunrise and take many photos. Me and Lesley… as usual we laughed ourselves to death over us taking photos – the photograph says it all!!

We then had yummy pancakes for breakfast looking over Kata Tjuta – amazing :).

After breaky, we then headed off to start our trek through Kata Tjuta. The walk is called Valley Of The Winds, at a total of 7.4km.

This walk was amazing. A lot more hilly than Uluru, but the views we got were well worth the climb. Took lots of photos again! And I laughed lots more with Lesley, this girl is infectious!! I made sure I drank plenty of water today; I didn’t want a repeat of yesterday! This however meant that by the middle of the walk, my bladder was near bursting point!! I’d much rather that though than go through another day of dehydration!!

After running to the toilets to release myself, we headed back to camp for a burger lunch in the sun. The heat was crazy by this point! And to think some people didn’t start their walk round Kata Tjuta till after lunch, it must have been unbearable!!

After we filled ourselves up it was time to tidy up camp and fill the bus ready to head off to our next destination. I took a few photos of camp, so I wouldn’t forget it… and of course the bus too!!

We drove just over three hours to get to Kings Creek Station, our final destination to rest our heads for the week! Unfortunately it would be our last night in our swags :(. After parking the bus at our camp, myself, Linda, Sabine and Jaqamine headed off to ride the camels!

15 minutes of riding the camels was ace fun!! Vicki and Mable were our two camels for today… almost like riding a horse… just a bit stranger I guess?!!

We headed back to camp where we got supper, pasta and garlic bread. As usual we all sat together, this time round the camp fire, chatting away. Myself and Lesley somehow managed to get it in our heads that sitting on our tiny wee stools in the Buddha position would be funny!!

After much chatting and laughing by the fire, we headed off to bed for the last time :(. Tonight was our last night in our swags, so we obviously took photos to remember the moment!!

Had an awesome sleep yet again ready for our last early start to our trip…”

Uluru Continued…


Journal Entry

28/11 – “Woke up at 5.20am this morning to watch the sunrise. Again, it looked awesome :). We headed back for camp to grab our breakfast before we headed off for Uluru to do our 10km walk around the base of the rock.

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Stuart Highway Layby! , NT, Australia


Stuart Highway Layby! – Otherwise known as… my bed for tonight!! It wasn’t even a layby… just a smooth red dirt patch of land right by the Highway! Here was also the first night I spent in a swag… amazingly comfortable sleeping bags! God bless Aussie creations!!

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