With just a tad over 500 kms today, the drive seemed relatively short! We could afford a pretty easy day today with less driving ahead, but we were up early to head back out to Uluru to watch the sun rise against the rock. Once again we weren’t disappointed, but I have to say I thought the sunset was much more spectacular! Still, this was great to see and of course you are seeing another side of the rock itself. After the sunrise, we drove around to where we could get up close and personal (while remaining respectful) to the rock – I don’t know why, but I just wanted to touch it, which I did. Some of the messages posted about Uluru were a tad confusing – on the one hand you are not allowed to climb the rock but on the other hand, if you choose to do so, please take extreme care as 35 people have lost their lives attempting to climb it! Then on one side of the rock we came upon a chain guide rail that climbed from the base to the top for you to use if you did climb!
We then returned to our apartment to pack the car and check out. We decided we should go out to see the Olgas as they were relatively close by. We had also wanted to go to Kings Canyon but decided that would have to wait for our next trip to the centre. We wanted to be in Alice Springs tonight so after viewing the Olgas we headed back to the Stuart Highway and Erldunda, where we refuelled and had a quick bite. When we pulled up to get fuel we had to wait in line…wait for it…behind 2 Lamborghinis, an Aston Martin, a McLaren, a Porsche and a Ferrari!!! What on earth were these magnificent cars doing way
out here? Apparently they come to the Territory for the open speed limits, so they can really drive those cars at the speeds they are capable of!!! Clearly boys and their toys with a need for speed!!!
So we departed Erldunda and headed towards Alice. We arrived at our hotel by about 4pm, checked in, unpacked and acclimatised ourselves to what will be our home base for the next few days. A quiet dinner in the hotel and an early night is definitely on the cards!