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The Red Centre

Flies and more flies - and its hot, hot, hot!!!!

sunny 46 °C

Today is our second day in Uluru, formerly called Ayer's Rock in the very heart of the Australian Outback.

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After arriving yesterday in the middle of the day, we did a tour out to Uluru, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and then to a waterhole called Multijulu which is apparently where some giant evil lizard thing did something nasty to the Aborigines (called the Anangu here) during the dreamtime and ran all over the rock causing the shape. Unfortunately the Anangu won't tell anyone who isn't one of them any of the detail of anything, beyond what they would tell a 4 year old, which makes their whole system of beliefs sounds fairly crazy - it probably isn't but as they won't tell us....

After that we came back to our luxury camp for a dinner under the stars which was amazing. Excellent food (in line with our usual trend) and the an after dinner talk from an astronomer, who brought with him some powerful telescopes. We saw Venus, the rings of Saturn, and a number of deep space objects, none of which we would have seen elsewhere as the skies here are so clear of light pollution. Angela was particularly taken with Saturn, and the close up of the surface of the moon.

Today, Ian had an early start - a 5.00am rise for a dawn trek to see the sunrise at Uluru. Angela had an important appointment with the duvet, and was unable to make it. The sunrise was quite incredible, with the rock colours changing every few minutes as the sun's intensity grew. After the walk it was back to base camp for a hearty breakfast (someone was still sleeping - guess who), so Ian had breakfast with a quartet of NYC lassies instead. Eventually Angela turned up and the conversation turned to restuarants in New York ready for our upcoming trip there later this year.

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This evening was another tour to Uluru, visiting a number of aboriginal caves, seeing more cave paintings, and getting some of the background to the way they live their lives, before having a bottle of champagne near the rock watching the sunset.

We leave Voyages Longitude 131 tomorrow to head for Cairns, where we hope to get decent internet access and the ability to upload photos and the like. So more tomorrow...

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We forgot to say - our overwhelming memories of the red centre will be based around the heat and the rock, but most of all - the flies... wait to see the photos as we had to wear veils most of the time to keep the blighters away...

Posted by Amarson 02:55 Archived in Australia Tagged luxury_travel

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