Darwin, Litchfield National Park, Kakadu, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Kings Creek Station and Uluru
28.11.2012 - 07.12.2012
So the first part of the Oz tour has already ended! A brief overview of the Northern Territory is as follows - humidity, flies, sunshine, thunder storms, lots of time on the road, new friends, sunburn, dessert and lots of it, rocks and lots of them....
Day one, Darwin to Litchfield National Park;
Early rise today and on the bus by 8am (although now this bit is over I can say that 8am is a nice sleep in). This day consisted of massive termite mounds and a dip in two different waterfalls one of which had freshwater crocodiles in, our guide did not mention this until we were back on the coach though. Meal out with the whole group, there are 39 of us on this bit so lots of names to learn and remember! Stayed in Darwin for this night.
Day two, Darwin to Kakadu National Park;
Woken up by an amazing thunder and lightening storm this morning, so much rain but it did lift the humidity for about half an hour. A day in Darwin town today to look at the museum and the shops although I found the harbour instead and had my lunch there with my new friend Hannah. Moving onto Kakadu National Park today so we say our goodbyes to Darwin. On our way to Kakadu we stopped for a short hike to see the aboriginal art work at the site which was amazing.
Day three, Kakadu National Park;
More aboriginal art today and the highlight was a wildlife cruise on the Yellow River, we saw so many wild crocodiles which was quite scary when the boat tipped to the side with everyone trying to take pictures, needless to say I did not enjoy that part!
Day four, Kakadu to Katherine;
Moving on again today,7am start to get to Katherine. Lunch stop at Edith Falls which was very pretty although so many flies! Destination today was the Katherine Gorge Cruise, which was ok. Very pretty but we needed a better tour guide, did not really learn all that much but it is another place I will probably never go to again!
Day five, Katherine to Tennant Creek;
We visited a homestead today which was the location of the true tale of 'The land of the never never'. We went to the hot springs but we all thought it would be boiling hot and natural but it was manmade and not that hot. So many fruit bats in that area though, really really loud too! Highlight of the day was lunch at the oldest pub in the Northern Territory in Daly Waters. Their tradition was for visitors to leave something behind to show they had been there, I decided to leave a passport photo of Poppy and Ava, so they will be there forever! Pub night tonight!
Day six, Tennant Creek to Alice Springs;
Devils Marbles was the stop for the coach today which was mainly massive boulders but we had fun pretending to lift them up etc for pictures. A quick stop at a petrol station which was the place with the most UFO sitings, tourist trap I think! Group photo taken today which took forvever! Visit to a repltile centre, I held a snake called Barry. Saw the sites of Alice Springs from the top of a hill which was pretty.
Day seven, Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station;
Went on an aboriginal talk today which was really informative, learnt a lot from a guy named Con. Tried some fruit and seeds found in the bush and tried to throw a boomerang! There were aboriginal women with their paintings for sale, each painitng has a story. Lunch stop was at a station which was the closest site to the middle of Australia! Slept out under the stars tonight in a swag with a camp fire which was actually really fun and I saw a shooting star!
Day eight, Kings Creek Station to Uluru;
5am start to beat the heat for a 6k hike, I did not sign up for that!! But it was ok, hard work at that time in the morning but I survived! Fisrt glimpse of Ayres Rock today but visiting tomorrow. Main ly a coach journey day today!
Day nine. Uluru;
Up at 4.30am today to beat everyone to the best stop to watch the sunrise over Uluru (Ayres Rock) which was amazing! I then close to walk 10k around the rock but recovered with a day by the pool. Off to watch the sun set over the rock with champane to toast the trip...
We head to Cairns tomorrow for the East Coast, loose some people tomorrow but gain 25 in Cairns. So far this trip has been worth the wait!
Love to all x
p.s pictures to follow one day soon!