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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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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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Uluru Resort, NT, Australia


Uluru Resort – Otherwise known as the infamous rock that will forever be related with Australia. The views on this part of land are amazing. Out of this world. No wonder the Aboriginals want to keep this part of land as sacred and untouched as possible. Visitors are given the chance to climb Uluru, but Aboriginals ask you not to, purely down to the fact that it’s their land and that’s the way it should stay.

Journal Entry : Part Two

27/11 – “It was now time to head for our campsite that would be home for the next two nights. Uluru Resort. We had a nice big area to lay our swags, and a long dining table for us to have our meals at. Most importantly… there were showers and flushable toilets!! All of us grabbed a much needed shower and chilled out for most of the afternoon while Rob was away collecting some food for supper.

Next up, we headed to the Uluru Cultural Centre where we learnt about the Aboriginals, and how they survived out in the heat with little food. With the food, like plants and seeds, it was really a case of; try it out… if you live… you can eat it! Simple!

We then discovered an unusual book called the Sorry Book, which contained a large number of letters received from people all over the world, who had taken a stone or rock from Uluru. According to Aboriginals, if you take a piece of Uluru, or a stone from the surrounding area, you will be brought bad luck! Going by these letters (the stones were returned with them), a lot of bad luck had come their way! Somehow a couple from Adelaide managed to get a 33kg rock back home – I wonder how much bad luck they got!!

We then headed back to camp, and got together some biscuits and cheese to take up to the lookout point to watch Uluru at sunset. We also took some wine too, to celebrate the occasion! The sunset was amazing… love sunsets :). Took lots of photos!! After some mingling around chatting with everyone, we headed back to camp where Rob had already started on the supper… Mexican wraps- yum!!

After a few more drinks tonight, we got chatting more with Lesley (Scottish quine!), Rachel, Adrian (British couple), Eric, and Sarah. We all sat round with our drinks and some Jubes (fruit pastel type sweets!!) and chatted the night away before  heading back to the lookout point where we’d be sleeping, ready to wake up and watch the sunrise at Uluru. Me and Lesley spent most of tonight giggling about the word ‘swag’!! using the word ‘swag’ in every sentence and calling each other swags!! We were a little boozy!!”

Part One

Stuart Highway Layby Continued…


Journal Entry : Part One

27/11 – “This morning we were rudely awaken by REALLY strong winds! At 4am, we ended up having to get out of our swags, tidy everything up into the bus and head off. So, so tired at this point. It didn’t help that the wind was picking up all the bright red sand, making us all have a very sexy hint of orange to our hair, clothes and faces!! Yum!

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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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