From: Ross & Jo Whitty
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2007 12:11 AM
Cc: Billy & Carolyn Judd
Subject: Towards the Top End
to those of you shivering in the southern states, spare a thought for us travellers, we are in Tennant Creek where the maximum temperature today was 7 degrees C! We thought we would be in shorts by now.
When last I wrote we were about to do the walk around Uluru. What a fascinating place!
We took a free one hour walk with a ranger first who explained a lot about the significance of the rock to the local indigenous people and their beliefs about the creation and history of the area.
Then we walked the whole way around, some 9 kms. We didn't realise it at the time but we saw the Dalai Llama and his entourage also taking a walk there.
Next day we drove to Kata Tjuta,(The Olgas), and walked the beautiful Valley of the Winds, before settling down to watch the sunset there.
The following day we packed up and headed off to Kings Canyon Resort. Had a great night out there at the tavern, with the local entertainment, Patrea and Reuben, also known as the Roadies. They play country and some rock and roll and the whole show is all audience participation and suitable for all ages.
In the morning, (not too early), we packed our lunches and headed to the canyon where we did the "Rim Walk", 6 kms of some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country.
Saw our first dingo at the van park and some wild camels on the drive there, but amazingly we still have not seen a kangaroo since Tower Hill in Warrnambool, or an emu since Port Augusta!
From Kings Canyon we took the long way, (sealed road), to Alice Springs, where we settled in for a week at The Stuart Caravan Park.
Finke Desert Race
Sunset at Devils Marbles
The old Church at Hermannsburg