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King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta: Exploring the Outback

King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta: Exploring the Outback

Our last stop in Australia was the outback. We flew directly from Melbourne to Uluru (Ayers Rock Airport) and rented a car for 4 days.

Driving through the outback

Round trip we drove around 600km from Uluru to King’s Canyon and I was really surprised how green the outback was. I expected lots of rocks and red sand and not so many plants.

King’s Canyon

After arriving in the Red Center we drove to King’s Canyon Resort and spent the night there. It’s the only hotel in the area which explains the prices and low quality. For example, we had a few spidery room mates, I named one of them Adalbert. Sadly, we had to leave him because our air conditioner wasn’t working and the I decided not to get attached to the new room mates ;).

In the morning Thorben got up while it was still dark to take pictures of the sky and do the King’s Canyon Rim Walk (at this point I was pretty sick). After he finished I also wanted to get a glimpse of the Canyon so we did the King’s Creek walk. The Canyon was also much greener than expected, but really pretty.

Fighting flies

While people might be worried about snakes and spiders the worst thing in the outback for me were the flies. They don’t sting but are very very annoying, constantly landing on your face and trying to get into your eyes and nose. This problem is easily fixed with a super stylish fly net, which we bought on our way back from King’s Canyon, so that’s what I looked like 95% of the time πŸ™‚

Segway at Uluru

Instead of walking the 10km around the base of Uluru I signed us up for a segway tour πŸ™‚ I picked the Uluru Sunrise and Segway, so we first had breakfast with a close up view of a beautiful Uluru sunrise before cruising around the base. The rock is really magnificent with so many different looking parts, it’s really worth going all the way around it.

A Night at the Field of Lights

The night at the field of light started with drinks, canapΓ©s and sunset viewing and then we had dinner under the stars or in our case under the full moon. During a star talk we learned about some different formations and finally we headed to the field of lights, a pretty cool art installation. Overall it was really pricey but also a cool experience.

Kata Tjuta

We drove out to Kata Tjuta on our last night to see the sunset. It’s a massive structure, I think even bigger than Uluru. Just as the sun was about to set and transform the colors it got blocked by some clouds. As a compensation we got to see a really cool moon rise on our way back. I’ve never seen the moon so big and bright.

Sunrise at Uluru

On our last morning we managed to get up early enough to see a beautiful sunrise at Uluru, complete with some typical tourist shots πŸ™‚

 

And that’s it! Almost 4 weeks after getting back this was the last of the Australia posts. Next trip: Tokyo πŸ™‚

5 days in Sydney

5 days in Sydney

Besides many great memories Australia also gave me pneumonia, hence the 2 week delay in recapping our trip. Feeling better now, so this is the start of many detailed posts (maybe 6?) with lots and lots of pictures πŸ™‚

Flying into Sydney at around 1pm was a fantastic start to our Australia adventure, just look at the view we had from the plane:

Here is what we did in our 5, or really 4 1/2 days in Sydney:

Free Walking Tour of the Rocks

As usual we started our trip with a free walking tour. I’m Free Tours has an evening walking tour of the Rocks, a cool historic area with lots of food, which was really fun and informative. We learned a lot about Sydneys origins as a convict colony and also checked out Observatory Hill.

Free Walking Tour of the City

On our second day we did the Sydney sights free walking tourΒ to get an overview of the city. Again, it was a great tour with many interesting stories and ended with a view of the Opera.

Museum of Contemporary Art

After our walking tour we decided to escape the heat and check out the exhibits at the MCA. I don’t really know anything about (modern) art, so I annoyed Thorben with my “That’s art?” and “Even I could do that!” comments πŸ™‚ They did have some cool pieces, most exhibits are free and it was right next to the ferry dock, so why not.

Manly Beach

On Sunday the maximum you can spend on public transport with your Opal card, which also works on ferries, is 2.60 AUD. We took advantage and took the ferry to Manly (usually thats over 15 AUD). Of course we were not the only ones with that idea so it was pretty crowded but that made for good people watching πŸ™‚

Day trip to the Blue Mountains

On Monday we took a small group tour to the Blue Mountains. The tour mainly took us to viewing spots and then Scenic World, where you can ride 2 different cable cars and the steepest train down to the rain forest. Sadly for Thorben we only did one little hike at the end. Overall we had great weather and beautiful views, so it’s really worth the trip.

Taronga Zoo

Even though I’m not a fan of zoos, I’d heard great things about this one so we thought we’d give it a try. Overall, I don’t think it’s a must do, I enjoyed the wildlife parks we went to later in the trip much more. My highlights were the views from the zoo, the meerkats which were fun to watch and seeing quokkas. They were asleep at first but after watching them for a while we got lucky and it was feeding time which made them much more active. After half an hour Thorben had to drag me away, but they are just so adorable πŸ™‚

A night at the Opera

Before Sydney I’d never been to the opera, so I thought that this was the perfect place to change that. We saw Carmen in French, thankfully with English subtitles πŸ™‚ I think I’m going to stick with musicals in the future but it was still a cool experience.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

This walk was another must do on my Sydney agenda. While Thorben wasn’t too impressed (too many people and too many buildings), I thought it was a beautiful walk. There were lots of steps, so it was also quite the workout. Because of construction we had to take a detour through a really nice cemetery and we even got lucky and saw some dolphins.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

We decided against doing the Bridge climb because a) it’s super expensive and b) you can’t even take your camera. Instead we just walked over the bridge, which is free, and were so happy with the view, we didn’t even go up to the Pylon lookout.

Open Air Cinema with a view

For our last night (and also Valentine’s Day) I had booked tickets for the George Open Air Cinema, which is open every summer. The location is fantastic: overlooking the CBD, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. We saw “The Big Sick” which was really fun. They even had fireworks that night before the movie, it was pretty amazing (and romantic ;)) and one of the highlights of the trip.

Australia, here we come!

Australia, here we come!

Tonight, we’re getting on a plane to Sydney and then we’ll travel around Australia. Here is what our trip will look like:

Our 3 week Australia itinerary

  • 4 days in Sydney with a day trip to the Blue Mountains (if the weather is good)
  • 2 days in Adelaide
  • 1 day drive to Cape Jervis
  • 3 days on Kangaroo Island
  • 4 days road trip to Melbourne with a stop at Grampians National Park and a drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • 2 days in Melbourne
  • 4 days in the Red Center to see King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • 2 more days in Melbourne

On the map you can see what distances we’ll cover:

That means this blog won’t be updated for a while but lots of pictures and more details will come when we get back πŸ™‚