Back to Perth
09.05.07 - 14.05.07
Tired and exhausted but
happy, as the trip to Exmouth was fantastic! All the
participants have met one more time in the evening ... is a
tradition, to have a drink, some fun and discuss the
experienced =). Next day, badly enough Lenni left to Sydney,
as he will return back home to Good Old Germany. Was pretty
strange, when I suddenly found myself left over, specially
as we have been traveling together for so long time - still,
the adventure goes on and traveling on my own also will add
new experience and excitement to my life, besides missing
Lenni & Bele.
The next days I spent
with Steven, one of the Tour Guides, who also friendly
enough allowed me to stay at his place ... for free -
perfect for my budget=)! During these days he also showed me
a lot of Perth - a 'Joker' - a personal Tour Guide!
He also acted as a
personal tour Guide, which was pretty convenient and as he
also is a 'Real Australian Surfer', in addition also forced
me for some surf training ... and strange enough it turned
out to be Real Fun!
The days in Perth came
to an end and I couldn't await flying to Alice Springs,
where I wanted to learn more about the Australian Outback,
Alice Springs - Uluru -
14.05.07 - 17.05.07
Off to the airport .. off to Alice Springs, juhuu! Just
about a 4.0 hours flight - unbelievable considering a flight
just within Australia. You arrive there and the only thing
you see is 'Outback' - you just feel lost in a big
something, but it is touching!
First impression: There
is nothing to do here but you feel being part of the world
and finally ended up in the real and magic 'Australia'!
From the airport I
straight went to my hostel - 'Melankas Backpacker'. I would
have loved to walk a little through the roads but was
advised not to do so, due to the reason, that there are
alcohol dependant Aboriginals around, which could attack and
rob you, just to get hold on some drugs or alcohol! ... to
my opinion 'NOT' their fault, as we 'foreigners' first have
intruded their habitat ( living space & culture ) and made
them loose their purpose of life and habits!
... sad enough, but we
can't rewind that!
I went to bed early, as
the departure next day was setup for 06:15 A.M. - the long
awaited Ayers Rock trip!
Tired to death but
endless excited - finally the adventure starts! We were
picked from the hostel - the group existed of 16 persons and
two Tour Guides ... a convenient size for a tour in OZ =)
... all turned out very likeable!
First we faced an
endless 5.0 hour ride towards Ayers Rock and we finally saw
the silhouettes of the same coming out of nowhere .. wow!
On the way there we
stopped at a Camel farm .. why?? ==> Australia has the
highest number of camels on one continent. Walk a little and
try some camel riding, which I was not eager on, as I had
already done this many times in Abu Dhabi.
After we finally
arrived in our camp and had lunch, we already left for our
first small 'Hike' through Valley of Winds in Kata Tjuta -
half an hour drive from our camp. Wow - may not look very
impressive on the pictures but seen in live almost is
'Breathtaking'! The explanations and stories of the
Aboriginals just topped our feelings ... and then - Ayers
At the place where all
the tourists do their phot sessions - same did I - we
enjoyed the sunset and had a glass of wine and a few snacks
... unbelievable touchy and stunning! Shortly after we went
back to the camp, having a shower, dinner and a traditional
campfire with lots of stories and songs ... the dream of a
'City Slicker' ( .. people livening in big cities ).
Overnight we spent in a 'Swag'
( .. a thick, big and
cozy sleeping bag ) - middle in the Outback under the
clearest starry sky, I have ever seen! Even so it became a
little cold this night, the excitement protected me feeling
the cold ...!
The morning: .. getting
up at 6:00 A.M. and no time to loose, .. Uuhhh, freezy cold,
.. really cold I mean! After breakfast, I covered myself in
almost everything I found .. damned it was cold! Then we
drove off to Ayers Rock to observe the sunrise, which as
expected was stunning but this time we couldn't enjoy very
much, due to the extreme cold temperature!
Then we were there - 'Uluru'
( Ayers Rock ) .. I was overwhelmed with emotions! .. then
we had the choice: either climbing up OR walking all around
the legendary Ayers Rock (.. an 8-9 Km walk ).
As we were told, that the Aboriginals do not like people
climbing the rock ( ... would turn into people not excepting
their religion, culture and believes ), we decided to go for
During the walk we
learned, that there are 'male' and 'female' areas, where its
not allowed to take pictures! If still done and pictures
would appear in the internet or somewhere in public, it
could happen, that an innocent aboriginal could see them and
will have to be punished for immediate after ( ... their
culture asks for that and has to be accepted!).
We were given a lot of
information's during our walk which explained and lifted one
or the other mystic of the Aboriginals and their culture!
After the walk we drove to our camp close to the Kings
Canyon - .. dinner, shower, fireplace and talking, talking,
talking .... you have to 'work up' the seen and experienced
As we were really tired
from the long day and the activities , we soon went to bed
Next day we ONLY left
at 8:00 A.M. - thanks god! Still tired but again ready for
more news and some more eye catchers! We drove to Kings
Canyon, where we headed off for a 4 hour Hike - huh!X?
Wasn't just a walk, but again impressive! The first half
hour was very exhausting till we reached the top. Then it
became more relaxed and we had more time to observe and were
als explained a lot of the area, the trees, plants and lots
of other things seen around there .. this sadly enough will
not really show on my pictures, but I can assure ... what a
world and the Aboriginals are right in ALL aspects or
discussions! They live the proper life and respect the
planet ... we should learn from them!
Middle in the Canyon
there is a sweet water lake .. too cold for a swim ( .. at
least for me ). After the 4 hour walk, everyone was really
'knackered'! This almost was the end of the trip and we got
ready to return to Alice Springs. Using a shortcut on the
way back, we saved 2 hours and even saw lots of animals....
horses, sheep's, kangaroos, cows, etc ... was bumpy but
another nice experience. .
All over all a
'fantastic tour', where I only learned later on, that I was
upgraded to a higher standard, as I had booked! ... meaning,
.. the others paid lots more then I did and explained, that
they didn't want to sleep in a 'swag' , as they were booked
in comfortable rooms!
The tour was one of my
Australia highlights and I can only recommend to everyone,
NOT to leave back home before having seen Ayers Rock - Uluru
... it's worthwhile!
Back home in Alice
Springs, I just fell into my bed ... dead from the seen,
lived and experienced .. still difficult to fall asleep! ..
next day I will head on to Sydney.