Welcome to the Northern Territory. The Australian Outback. The Red Centre.
Random fact: Tennant Creek is the NT's fifth largest town with population of 3,000 people.
The telegraph station was once part of the Overland Telegraph station that once linked Melbourne to London. The two (large) solid stone buildings were completed in 1874 and remain the same today, although in the 1930s the telegraph station was sold and used as a cattle station.
Obviously I though the entire Tennant Creek/Overland Telegraph Station was awesome. :)
The next day we drove to Alice Springs and went to the Sunday mall on Todd Street. It reminded me of the Pike Street markets in Seattle. We spent most of the day in Alice relaxing, although mom and I went to a casino (I lost) then shopping.
The following day we drove to our final destination: Yulara/Ayer's Rock/Uluru depending on which name you would like to choose. But before we got there... we went to Devil's Marbles!
"The ‘Devils Marbles’ or ‘Karlu Karlu’ with its gigantic, rounded granite boulders, some spectacularly poised, is a remarkable landscape. Scattered clusters of these ‘marbles’, including many balancing rocks, are spread across a wide, shallow valley. The Devils Marbles is a nationally and internationally recognised symbol of Australia’s outback." - Wikapedia
In Yulara we stayed at Ayer's Rock Resort which was so expensive! It was crazy! But it's the type of thing you do once in your life. We found a pretty good place to eat pizza, but I'll be happy to see American prices again.
It was nice to sleep in, but dad and I couldn't sleep in too late because I took him for a helicopter ride. Well, I personally didn't take him for a helicopter ride but I paid so that he and I could go on a helicopter ride over Uluru/Ayer's rock and Kata Tjuta. It was fun to see the view from above and hopefully dad liked his birthday/father's day present.
After getting back and doing a little touristy shopping we headed out to Uluru/Ayer's Rock. If you are wondering why I keep writing "Uluru/Ayer's Rock" it's because I don't want people to get confused. Uluru and Ayer's Rock are the same rock. The rock's name was changed from 'Ayer's Rock' some years back to it's more aboriginal name 'Uluru.'
Anyways - mom and I walked part way around the way and got some great pictures! I don't have enough laptop battery to upload them right now but if I remember I will get that done later. We then ate at an over the top expensive restaurant but it was pretty good. :)
The next day we went hiking on a trail up Kata Tjuta. It was fun to get up into the red rock and some really neat things. It was definitely a great place to get some pictures taken.
I'm glad I've been to the Outback twice. Once with the bare minimum and once in comfort. It was a great experience to see Australia with the parents and I am really sad that I have to head home.
I think I am going to be really jet lagged. Especially since tomorrow I have to get everything together for horsecamp then head up into the mountains on Sunday. This should be interesting. haha.