20th May 2011 – 2nd June 2011
Townsville* Tenant Creek* Devils Marbles* Alice Springs *Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park*Coober Pedy*SA Outback
Deciding to drive across the outback 4132 klms was a daunting thought. Driving through some of the most isolated places in the world- all to see what some call the “real Australia”. With a target of driving 500 klms a day we had an aim to complete the trip within 2 weeks.
Who would have thought it was going to present us with the most amazing… terrifying… and awe inspiring moments of our lifes.
We set of from a nearby rest area in Townsville on the A6 towards the Northern Territory and the A2 road. Within a small distance of Townsville the landscape began to dematically change the more in land we where getting. The further we drove the more dryer and less dense the scenery became. Trees and dense bush land disappeared as the land became more desolate. The sky’s where blue- the sun was scorching and the cool breeze of the air- con chilled the car.
However- amid the beauty of the scenery we noticed the many carcasses laying at the side’s of the road surrounded by black- birds. Carcasses of the famous Australian icons- Kangaroos and Dingoes mutalated by the tourist cars & campervans – the local outback farmers or maybe the intimidating Road Trains (up to 60 metres long).
As anybody who has traveled along the A6 onto the A2 into the Northern Territory knows there is little to see apart from the endless straight road that disappears over the horizon; constantly misleading you into thinking you are nearer to your destination than what you really are!
The endless roads took their toll as the pre-made music CD’s on repetition sang the roads away. The nights spent at road- side rest areas dazzled by the stars that where usually hidden in towns and citys by the glow of light pollution. As the nights grew darker- and the stars brighter we relised how far away from civilization we where.
As we approched the Northern Territory the scenery again took a vast change- as we looked around us; nothing- no hills- no tress- no bushes for miles around. The Northern Territory Welcome Sign was a welcoming change to the view. Then as we past it the deadliest snake in the world past before the car in the road. The King Brown Snake- 2 metres long and and 6 inches in girth. It gracefully passed before us disappearing into the tall dry yellow grass around us.
Past Tenant Creek we headed towards the Devils Marbles. A traditional sacred place of the Aboriginal Traditional Owners who believed that people lived and still live beneath them. 393 klms north of Alice Springs it provides a fantastic photo oppertunity and well worth the drive. However- fine weather does make them appear far better. The Devils Marbles where formed by simple water and rock erosion in the area. What it left behind is a spectacular sight to behold and well worth a viewing.
The next stop was at a service station at Wycliffe Well. Bizarre enough the area claims to be the “Alien Capital of Australia”. However nothing there proved any existence of Aliens and the two “dodgy” policemen who entered the servce station where the only weird thing about as as they seemed to represent corrupt policemen from a Spielberg movie. We swiflty left the area.
We soon arrived at Alice Springs and soon left. Not a nice place and not a nice place to stay. It was dirty- the Aboriginal people did not represent Australia in a good way at all and they intimidated us the whole time we were there.
The previous night before we arrived in Alice Springs we stayed at a rest area. It was extremely unsafe due to the local Aboriginals. They where “doing drugs” and seemed to want to scare tourists from being in “their county”. However- we saw the night through after some scares only to bring on the most awesome sight in Australia within the following days.
We soon arrived at the red sands around Uluru-Kata Tjuta. We camped the first night over- looking Mount Conner (which at first we made the mistake many tourists do and thought it was Ayers Rock). The Milky Way Galaxy was out in full glory ready for the magnificent sight we were to witness the next day.
We awoke early and took the long winding road towards Ayers Rock and the national park. From what people had said about Ayers Rock “you either love it or hate it”. As we started to see it on the horizon you could see why it was known as the “heart of Australia”. This magnificent red rock rose from the ground in all its splendor surrounded by the contrasting blue sky’s.
* Sadly this day I had a call from my father telling me my Grandad had past away back in England. This was one of the hardest days of my life. However one of the most awe- inspiring days of my life. He followed all of my travels on the internet and there is no other place in the world he would have been more proud of me being.*
We took the walk around Ayers Rock to experience it fully and it was well worth the drive from Townsville; apart from the fly’s (and there’s ALOT of fly’s). Not only that- it was worth the whole trip to Australia. Words can not describe how great it is and people who do not like it do not have the ability to appreciate the world. Staying for the sunset seeing the stars arise over Ayers Rock again was beyond words and something everybody should experience in a lifetime.
The next day we went onto Kings Canyon. Again a Canyon well worth seeing. Truly Australian Outback land held within this grand canyon. We took the walk around the trek (somewhat not always staying to the path to experience the place fully). The views and the sights are magnificent and if you ever want that Bear Grylls wilderness experience: this is it! Snakes- Lizards- dry arid land- I loved it.
As we left the National Park behind we saw a large dingo at the side then got a glimpse of the huge towering Big Red Kangaroo. We also saw three Wedge Tailed Eagles scavenging on a camel carcass at the side of the road. Due to there size Beth screamed “Vultures”…as they have a 2 meter wing span.
Next stop was Coober Pedy: a good stop for an hour or so. A small mining town with an economy based of Opal production many of its houses and buildings where built into the rocks of the mines. Interesting place to see however I found the old Star Wars Spaceship from one of the films more interesting.
Finally the outback was coming to an end as we drove through the lasts of the South Australian Outback towards Adelaide.
To sum the trip up… a lot of driving- draining- but well worth every second for the experiences along the way.