Today we made our foray into the Outback. We woke up at 4 AM to catch a flight to Sydney and then to Uluru/Ayers Rock. This is also the first time on our trip that we made a major move north. Our flight arrived shortly before noon at Uluru. Shortly before landing, we saw Uluru for the first of many times on this trip.
The Outback was a major change in climate compared to Melbourne. The temperature was in the upper 90’s with low humidity, compared to low 70’s and moderate humidity. It was nice to be back in the warm weather, but it was an oven.
Uluru, really is in the middle of nowhere, a red sandy nowhere. The nearest town, Alice Springs, is over 200 km away. The town itself has only one cell tower, the only tower for over a hundred miles. The internet connection was also virtually non-existent, with prices that rivaled (but were still cheaper than) that of Celebrity Cruises. (Note: this is why we are posting this so late, you can expect a bunch of posts shortly)
We were so exhausted from the flights and very hot so we decided to spend the rest of the day at the pool and then headed in for an early sleep.
Tomorrow we have to wake up early again to see the sunrise reflected on Uluru and an early morning tour. Then in the evening we see the sunset reflected again on the mountain, with an Outback bar-b-que and observe the penumbral lunar eclipse!
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