Off to Uluru on Day 4. However, before we left the campground, we did a quick walk (a couple of kms) to the Camel Farm where we saw a number of camels getting ready for a day of riding as well as some kangaroos, emus, goats and even a baby camel. What a great start to the day!!
At Uluru, we stopped at the Cultural Centre to see and witness (through video) some of the Aboriginal culture that relates to the pieces of land that Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park sits on. (Formerly Ayers Rock and The Olgas). This land was given back to the Anangu people in 1985. Together with the Federal Government, they are creating a place of spiritual healing and understanding.
As we moved closer to the rock, you could begin to see the many different characteristics that it has. There are caves, holes, different textures and colors to interrupt its smooth red surface. We did walk the entire base (a total of 10 kms) and came to appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Uluru.
After our walk we decided that we had enough daylight left to make it to Kulgera Roadhouse. This is a campground/motel/bar/restaurant that is 20 kms from the South Australian border. They tout themselves as the first or last pub in the Northern Territtory – depending on which direction you are travelling. We had a couple of happy hour drinks and decided to order supper there as well. That is where you see Richard eating emu and kangaroo sliders. I just had fish and chips.
Day 5 our goal was to get to Coober Pedy. This town is known as the Opal Capital of the world. They are also known for their underground lifestyle which is unlike anything else on earth. Many homes, hotels, churches and restaurants are tunnelled into the hillsides and are nearly invisible on first inspection. Richard and I were on a mission to find the Serbian Orthodox Church. (supposedly the coolest thing in Coober Pedy). However, after wandering around for a while, we decided that we were lost and headed back to our campground. We stumbled upon the Catholic church which was actually tunnelled right into the hill. That was pretty cool too.
We had some time today to do some laundry and I believe that Richard caught up on the picture side of the blog. We are now setting our GPS to Allansford, Victoria which is the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. This should take us 2 – 3 days depending on many times we stop to look around.