Wow, what a trip!! I have just spent the last 9days on a tour from Alice Springs to the 'Top End' Darwin.. It's been pretty amazing to say the least and I've seen so many different things.. I started off in a confused, muddled way at the airport where I spent an hour and a half in a deserted airport.. When I got there I wasn't sure where to go so asked a guy about Adventure Tours and he said I would be picked up in 20minutes by them.. 40minutes later, no one but me in this airport, I was getting slightly worried.. After a good few phone calls and being told different things to do by them I realised I had to go with the guy I had originally asked about it all.. Finally arrived in Alice Springs and a dip in the pool was much appreciated!! It was here also that I met a girl called Emma, from Essex, and she was doing the same 9 day tour as myself (most others where doing 3 day tours or 6!).. Little did I know that Emma was about to come a close friend over the next week and a half!!
Next morning was one of many early mornings to come!! 6am pick up and off we drove towards Uluru.. There was much driving in involved to these different places however many stops were made.. We firstly stopped at a camel farm which I was hoping to be able for a quick ride but they weren't open for business unfortunately.. We arrived at Uluru afternoon and we started on our walk around it.. There were soooo many flys that a fly net was the best thing ever invented at the time!! They just swarmed your whole head and irritated everyone without a net!! The heat was very intense out there and walking was hard.. Uluru was pretty amazing although it did get a bit repetitive, I mean red rock after another bit of red rock!! lolz.. The climbing was shut that day as the temp was over 36'C (although I wouldn't have climbed anyway out of respect to the Aborginies!).. We had a classy cup each of cheap wine that evening while we watched the sun set on the rock (although I was very dissappointed by this as I was expecting some good colours in the sky!)..
Sunrise the next morning was much better.. We finished off the complete walk around Uluru to end up in a spot to watch the rise with just our group.. The photos look really nice and the rock glows red in these ones!!
Short drive to Kata Tjuta next and 'The Valley of The Winds' walk was nice but tiring again in the heat.. It was quite pleasant although these rocks do not seem as spectacular due to the minor details we are given of significance to the Aborginies.. It is a shame not to know why there are important but that is how it is..
That evening we drove to Kings Canyon for camp..
Another dawn breaker and we're out on our long walk in King's Canyon.. This was by far the best of the three so far!! The walk started steep and hard but was amazing throughout.. Lots of photos (a rock which looks like a camel!!) and we had a lovely feet dip in the garden of Eden!! A long drive back to Alice Springs and that evening a group meal at Bogangles was welcome.. This pub was pretty cool, it had web cams all over and people could log on and watch us in there!! My dad did it and he could see me waving from the dancefloor which was nice..
Me and Emma off again early on the next part of our travels.. The next three days were pretty chilled on the bus most of time.. Us and another couple from the previous 3days were on it.. First day travelling up to Tennant Creek where we saw an old telegraph station on the way.. We also stopped at the Devils Marbles!! These were pretty amazing.. I hadn't heard much about them and I think they should have much more publicity.. They are just round rocks all over but ther are quite amazing.. It was fun trying to take photos where we looked like we were holding them up or pushing them over!! When we reached our camp we all walked 1km to a waterhole for a swim.. Emma and I proved the biggest whimps, we did go in however a lot of sreaming was going on and we were adoment not to put our feet down.. Many times we thought we felt something, Emma even jumped on me at one point , to save herself!! lolz.. It was a good night and Luke, our guide had bought a couple digeridoos along for us to have a go..
Next day was Emmas birthday and we drove to Katherine.. We saw a few weird pubs on the way (bright pink ones and the famous Daly Water Pub).. I got to handle a blue tongue lizard at one pub!! Luke and I bought cake, candles and a card and surprised Emma later that evening which was pretty cool.. She had a good birthday I think so thats what mattered.. The night was amzing as the sky was filled with lightening all over.. I have never seen anything like it.. Was beautiful in its' own way..
Luke woke us up again with a lovely verse of g'day g'day (he does have a good voice).. It's definately my preferred alarm clock anyway!! We headed to Katherine Gorge which was beautiful!! I chose to do the river cruise which took us to a seluded waterfall where we swam and chilled out.. This, the Devils Mrables and Kings Canyon are probably my favourite two so far!! A drive up to Darwin during the afternoon and arrived there early evening.. Four of us originals went out for food that evening and then back to the hostel.. The hostel room was horrible and Emma and I decided it would have been nicer in a camp tent again!!
Off again, in a 4wheel drive this time though, to Kakadu National Park.. Our first stop was for a river cruise to spot some wild crocodiles.. Unfortunately the wet season showed us today it was wet and poured it down.. This was the first day I wanted my jumper!! I was soooo cold and wet to that matter!! Luckily we spotted a MASSIVE crocodile quite early on!! It was so big, probably 25 years old with some heavy battle scares!! It was literally 2metres away from me.. They look so scary but it was pretty amazing to be so close to a real wild one!! Sun came back out again and on our drives we came across a Frilled Neck Lizard which was gorgeous.. He was so orange and bright and the photo I have looks pretty good!! We had a look at some aborigini rock art and a couple short walks to points where we could see over Kakadu.. A nice swim ended the day well..
Today I was lacking in any energy at all.. Emma and I decided to option for a personal flight over Kakadu so we could see Jim Jim falls and the twin falls and other areas of interest.. It was pretty good although I found it hard to keep my eyes open and felt I abit sick by the end of it!! After picking everyone else up we went for a walk to a waterfall.. This was the worst day of all!! I couldn't do anything from lack of energy.. Thankfully it wasn't too hard or long and the water was refreshing but the walk back was hard.. I got slightly burnt as I hadn't creamed properly which was silly!! We dropped most of the tour people off late this afternoon and only four of us continued on to the 3day tour which was nice..
Litchfield park today.. A lovely day where we saw some massive termite mounds (over 8 metres high) and went to two waterfalls and swam.. One was very seluded, the other was more like a spa (lots of mini waterfalls).. Was nice to have just the four of us.. Back to Darwin after although I could have stayed there all day it was amazing!! It was this evening when Emma had to finally leave me for her flight.. It was really weird saying goodbye.. We had spent so much time together in a short space of time, It felt like we had known each other forever!! It did make the tour alot better I feel, having someone I knew there with me and we did have so many laughs together (same sense of humour!)!!
I am now just wasting my day away in Darwin, waiting for my flight late this evening.. I went to Doctor's Gully this morning (recommended by uncle Peter) which was pretty cool.. You feed the fish in the ocean with the bread provided.. There's millions of them and they get quite big!! A different sort of experience for sure..
Surf Camp starts on Monday which hopefully I will have recoperated and have my energy back!!