Thursday, 13th of June,
I have been looking forward to this stage of the trip for some 6 months. Finally we were on our way towards Ayers Rock and the Western Australian Border. Within less than an hour, we caught glimpses of Ayers Rock, (Uluru as it is called today).
Driving into Yalara, I was completely surprised. I was expecting a typical outback town, but the reality was a resort, the Ayers Rock Resort. We emptied our cassette, topped up the fuel tank and did a bit of shopping at the IGA supermarket. Having a good internet connection, I managed to post my latest blog entries, update the maps on everytrail.com, log my finds of caches (as well as my ‘Did not find’) on geocache.com and get all my emails from the last three days. I also checked what caches were in the area and decided to check out the ‘Yulara Lookout’ cache. I approached the cache cross country from the parking lot we were at near the IGA. Within some 100 meters I passed by this fenced off area. ‘Boomerang and Spear throwing in progress’ warned a site. I made sure I passed the area quickly, especially after I saw a boomerang overhead.
We were fortunate that we had the viewing area to ourselves. Minutes later a tourist bus arrived and many people ascended the sand dune as we returned to the car.
Turning off the road to The Olgas towards the WA border, we were immediately on dirt road. Time to lower tyre pressure to ease the pain of the corrugations. We were still in view of The Olgas.
Time was getting on and we were looking out for a spot to spend the night. Val and Chris spotted a possibility around 2:45pm. It certainly was a well chosen camp spot and we were soon parked up for the night.
Lesley prepared a lovely meal and it was an early night for us. Just before retiring I went outside. There was a sliver of a moon and the stars were incredible. No other lights to disturb the night sky.