The sun rising over Ayers Rock
I’m not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. Four in the morning is the time that one should be coming home after a good night out. For me, however, this was not the case. The alarm went off and we were quickly greeted with a sharp knock on the door to let us know that it was time to get a move on.
The reason for waking up at this ungodly hour was to catch the sunrise at Uluru. I had visions of magnificent hues of oranges and reds floating in my head. The idea was totally off the mark but it was still worth the early wake up call. Something that is a definite must if you’re ever going to visit Uluru as it’s beautiful to watch the sun come over the rock.
The camel that I rode...not eat
My motto has always been that I’ll eat anything that won’t kill me. What I didn’t factor into this was that on this particular day, I’d be riding around on a camel in the morning and then munching down on one later that evening. Camel sausages to be exact and just like Kangaroo, I’m not a fan. I don’t know if this is because I found the sausages to be rather greasy or the fact that I took one out for a joy ride earlier that day.
Either way, I can now tick eating camel off on my list and know that this is something that I won’t be doing again in the future (eating…not riding as that experience was pretty cool) as this is just not my cup of tea.
We spent the day checking out the MacDonnell Ranges and Simpsons Gap amongst other naturally awe-inspiring things before heading into town to see what Alice Springs was all about. To put it simply – there’s nothing in Alice Springs as the highlight of that particular afternoon was the McDonald’s. Sad but true folks!
After experiencing Alice Springs first hand, I totally understand the warnings I received prior to the trip. Here was a town that left you feeling unsafe due to the fact that the locals are not overly welcoming and slightly crazy and not in a good way. In my opinion, if this is a place that could be avoided during your travels in Australia then I would highly recommend it.
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