The Big Rock

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Left Coober Pedy Friday morning heading north. At Eridunda turned onto the Lassiter Highway heading west and making for Mt Ebenezer roadhouse which has free camping out the back.

For the 50 kilometres or so that we travelled on the Lassiter Highway we saw in excess of 20 wedge tail eagles feeding on or near the road. You need to be wary of these birds as they can be dangerous. Wedgies are ungainly until they are in flight and not nearly as agile as crows in dodging cars. Wedgies, like planes will take off into the wind so if you come across a wedgie feeding on the road and you have a tail wind you may find a rather large bird coming straight for you! I heard a tale at Coober Pedy of a family who rolled a car when a wedgie came through their windscreen. They were not injured in the rollover but suffered substantial injuries as the result of the injured wedgie being trapped in the car.

I’m sure everyone knows this but just in case any one doesn’t, double clicking on any photo will bring it up enlarged.

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Stayed that night out the back of the Mt Ebenezer roadhouse. Fairly primitive but free and their beer (that wasn’t free) was icy cold.

Next morning we made for Ayers Rock. Now I got a little confused because the resort is called Yulara, the rock is now called Uluru and the Olgas are called Kata Tjuta. If I just call it the rock I am sure you will know what I mean.

 

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First sight of the rock is impressive. It really is a magnificent sight. I’ve seen quiet a few sights around the world but this would have to rank as one of the best. I think it is something everyone should see. Our little camera cannot do it justice and I am certain you have seen better photos but you are just driving along and then this incredible sight appears. Mind you the entrance fee was pretty incredible to – $25 per person with no seniors discount!

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We didn’t get to the rock until about 11:30 and by this time it was about 30C so we didn’t join the thong of people climbing the rock. There must have been hundreds climbing whilst we watched, and this is in spite of a request from the traditional owners not to climb and a stark warning about the hazards of climbing and the 35 people who have died trying to climb.

The park is a huge industry. Apparently the resort can house 4,000 people and there are 1,000 people employed at the resort and the park. We saw empty car transporter heading towards the resort and full ones returning. It would appear common for tourists to drive to the resort and then fly out.P9050066 

We drove the further 40 kilometres to the Olgas and these are an equally impressive site. Particularly as at roads end you are standing right at the base. Not many people here. It looks like most tourists only visit the rock.

We had a magical day, even if it was a tourist resort which is not really our thing.

We then headed back along the Lassiter Highway to Curtin Springs which offers, you guessed it, free camping.

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