Day 17: Uluru!

Today, we can spend th' entire day in th' Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, as we spend not one but two nights in th' village-like Ayers Rock Resort. This Resort is nothin' short o' a small town, as it has three hotels, a campground, 8 restaurants, an amphitheatre, a petrol station, a supermarket, a whole load o' bars and even a suburb where th' staff is housed. We, o' course, are in th' cheapest hotel called Outback Pioneers Lodge. Fire the cannons! And it’s great. Even th' water is drinkable straight from th' tap and does not smell like yer average swimmin' pool!

We start th' day really early as we want t' be at th' gate o' th' National Park at 6AM. We bought our entrance tickets with a three day validity yesterday already, and so we are all geared up fer th' 75km sail t' Kata Tjuta t' see th' sun rise and shine its first beams o' light on these rocks. The good thin' about this place is not only that, but also that ye can see th' sun rise from behind Ayers Rock, we'll keel-haul ye! Ahoy! So cool!

After breakfast we have picked a walk at Kata Tjuta, and wanted t' walk about an hour t' and from a lookout point betwixt two o' these huge rocks. After arrivin' there, we were astonished by th' beauty o' th' place, and after talkin' t' a local guide, we decided t' walk th' extra 1.6km t' th' second lookout. Walk the plank! This were bein' quite a strenuous walk, with lots o' climbin' and loose rocks on sharp inclines. But th' view at th' second lookout were bein' totally worth it. The group with th' local guide were bein' walkin' th' same track, and we decided t' tag along and continue on th' 7.4km full loop, somethin' we actually wanted t' avoid doin' at th' beginnin' o' th' day. But, havin' completed th' full Valley Of The Winds Loop, it were bein' th' best thin' we had done in a long time. When ye are at this NP, ignore that lone big rock everybody is lookin' at and head fer Kata Tjuta, and dinna spare the whip, pass the grog! It is so much better!

Later on this afternoon, we have walked near t' Ayers Rock (Uluru, as th' aboriginals call it) t' learn a little bit more about th' cultural significance o' this rock t' th' Aboriginal people livin' here. We ended th' day lookin' at th' sun settin' on Uluru, where it creates a almost magical red shine on th' rock, unlike th' usual red, with a chest full of booty. It gets way more fiery, and lights up beautifully. Great!

Tomorrow, we have another big day o' sailin' in front o' us, as we will complete th' circle and return t' Alice Sprin's.