Tuesday, 29 January 2008
That night after a meal overlooking the harbour and opera house we watched the final of the mens open tennis in a park on a big screen with thousands of other people. The atmosphere was great, just like being there. BTW Djokovic won.
Well, Australia has a slightly different attitude towards some of their wildlife. Click here to see what they advise. (Don't click if you are offended by bad language)
It moved off for us when we didn't swerve.
Monday, 28 January 2008
Then we visited the Royal Flying Doctor Service and found out about their work. Apparently no Australian is more than 2 hours away from help even in the outback because of them.
We then drove back towards Alice Springs and stayed at the Stuart Wells Roadhouse where we met the guy who had dug the road through the desert for 100km in the 1960s, to reach Kings Canyon and open it up for tourism.
We watched the Australian Open tennis semi final with him and two French lads. Tsonga (an unseeded player knocked Nadal (seeded 1) out in straight sets.
We then suffered the hottest night we can ever remember. It was boiling and never cooled down all night. We just lay in Johnnie and sweated.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Uluru at sunset. Although we didn't see the colours change we did see a lightening storm.
We visited Kata Tjuta (The Olgas. We prefer the Aboriginal names as we did the Maori ones. It is interesting how we have developed strong opinions about our white colonialist forefathers and their attitude towards Terra Nullius) and then watched the sun set over Uluru. Unfortunately it was cloudy so we didn't see the amazing colour change but spectacular none the less. The next morning we went on a fascinating guided tour of the Aboriginal sites then walked around the base of the monolith. Only mad dogs and Engish people walk Uluru in the midday sun. It was HOT and strangely there was nobody else doing it!
See a video of our walk round Uluru here. Note Sharon's headwear. There were lots of flies!
Saturday, 19 January 2008
The rain pouring off the sun awning!
In total we have sailed (and motored because on some days there has been minimal wind) over 150nm in some beautiful scenery.
After we hand Little Jeannie (the boat) back tomorrow we are off to Alice Springs to see Ayres Rock.
Monday, 14 January 2008
Tuesday, 8 January 2008
Our bike, a 650 Honda Transalp. Not the most comfortable bike we have ridden!
Us at Botany Bay.
Today we fly to the Whitsundays where we go sailing and there probably won't be the internet on the high seas so this may be it until later in January.
Hope the return to work is not too painful!