Our “Sounds of Silence” dinner on Friday night at Uluru was perfect. We were picked up from our camp at around 5pm and were taken to a prepared dinner venue in the desert that had views of Uluru on one side and the Olgas on the other. As the sun went down we were treated to the most stunning colours and views.
We were met on arrival with complementary champagne and hors d’oeuvres followed by a three course meal and free flowing champagne, wine and beer. Local people provided entertainment by way of an aboriginal welcome, a demonstration of didgeridoo playing and a night sky familiarisation.
It was a brilliant evening – we enjoyed the company of travellers from both hemispheres and it was a fitting end to our Red Centre visit.
On Saturday we made our way 460km back to Alice Springs. On our arrival in Alice we took the motorhome and the jeep into a carwash to give them a good exterior clean. They were both looking most unloved after our week in the red dust. All good now though’ and both looking new.
As we indicated in our last blog update, our Australian travelling companions of the last week were leaving on Sunday. So on Saturday night after meeting with another of our Kiwi travelling couples (Steve and Jane from Waiheke Island), we all headed into town for a farewell dinner. Thanks for the company guys – the last week has been brilliant. The photos will be on your computer before you get home.
Steve and Jane are driving north today to spend the night at Gemtree. We will meet up with them up again Monday night at Barrow Creek, some 300km north of Alice Springs.
Today (Sunday) was a day of perparation for the next leg of our journey, 1560km to Darwin. We are now topped up with diesel, LPG, groceries, water, wine, beer, Coruba rum and of course, Coke Zero. Our intention is to leave Alice Springs tomorrow (Monday) morning around 10am.
We have quite a few places of interest we would like to stop off on the next leg so we are not expecting to get to Darwin until around 7 June. Again we are not sure of the quality of reception as we head further north. If you are unable to contact us you will know the reason why. Just leave a message and we will call back as soon as we are able.