It’s Hot in Australia at the moment!

Well I’ve finally made it to the land of Aus! After 3 hours on a bus, 22 hours of flying, 15 hours in various airports, 4 cities, and 4 countries, I’m in Australia.

I arrived at Sydney but only had an overnight stay at my friend Roberts place and a dinner with a few other friends before I left the next day. So I didn’t take many photos of Sydney yet. Below is the view from Roberts window looking out to Mosman Bay. His place is literally right on the water. Thats one of many ferries that ply the harbor waters.

Roberts view

The day after I arrived Rebecca and I flew from Sydney to Ayers Rock/Uluru and spent the night there awaiting the start of our trip the next day. Rebecca and I met at Kopan Monastery in Nepal 6 years ago. She lives in Sydney. The vehicle below will be our mode of transportation for the next 3 days. We will be on a ten day trip that consists of 3 separate tours combined.

4X4 people mover

6×4 people mover. It seats 22 people. And is fairly comfortable and has a/c. Which is a necessity at this time of year because it has been 100 degrees (38c) or more everyday since I arrived. And it has been semi humid. We will be heading north to the coast over the next 7 days and as we get closer to the coast more humidity and I hear cyclones are a good possibility.

Flies and mosquitoes as the sun comes up. Only millions of flies during the day. Flies and mosquitoes as the sun sets.

Our first day and night was spent at Ayers Rock. Other wise known by the original people as Uluru. Since we are on their land, I will use the name they prefer, when I refer to this sacred site.

Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. The sandstone formation stands 348 m (1,142 ft) high, rising 863 m (2,831 ft) above sea level, with most of its bulk lying underground, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 mi).[5] Both Uluru and the nearby Kata Tjuta formation have great cultural significance for the Aṉangu people, the traditional inhabitants of the area, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the Aboriginal dreamtime stories of the area.

Rebecca and Uluru

Rebecca and Uluru

Uluru up close-1

Uluru up close

Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably glowing red at dawn and sunset.

Uluru sunriseUluru at sunrise

Uluru sunrise 1

We (the 22 of us on this tour) spent the night nearby at one of many purposely built permanent tent camps for tour companies. I slept outside in a “swag”. In Australia and New Zealand, a swag is a portable sleeping unit. It is normally a bundle of belongings rolled in a traditional fashion to be carried by a foot traveller in the bush. Before motor transport was common, foot travel over long distances was essential to agriculture in the Australian bush. It is sometimes referred to as a “backpack bed”. It is a canvas rectangular bag with a thim foam mattress inside. You either put a sleeping bag in it or linen sheets. I put a sheet on the mattress and slept on top of it. It has been so hot, even at night, you don’t need anything else.

Flies and mosquitoes as the sun comes up. Only millions of flies during the day. Flies and mosquitoes as the sun sets.

The next day we headed to the Kata Tjuta range and our first mini trek. 3 hours in the heat, up and down rock formations. And not given much time to stop and take photos. This is why I don’t like guided trips like this. I know they have to cater to everyone, so I grin or frown and bear it.

Kata Juta at sunset from near UluruKata Juta at sunset from near Uluru

Kata TjutaKata Tjuta

From Kata Tjuta we headed for Kings Creek Cattle Station and our second night in a bush camp. The cattle station is a working cattle ranch of over a million acres. You might ask “how do you find cattle scattered over a million acres of desert/bush?” As I did. Nope not helicopters. Nope not gps tagged cattle. It’s done with water. They have built lakes at various locations and fill them from a well at each location. You want cows at a specific spot, add water. Don’t want cows there, take away the water. It works the same with humans, no water no humans.

Flies and mosquitoes as the sun comes up. Only millions of flies during the day. Flies and mosquitoes as the sun sets.

After another night of amazing stars, it’s up again at 4:30am and an hours drive to Watarrka (Kings Canyon). And a “mind blowing” (tour company words) walk (see photo below for their definition of walk) through the towering walls of Watarrka. Well, Rebecca and I both agreed that we need to keep what’s left of our minds for the future, so we decided to take the “4 hour National Geographic route” instead of the “heart attack hill route”. Now the reason it took National Geographic 4 hours to do a 1 hour walk, is because they stopped to take photos and enjoyed their time there. Instead of blasting up and down rocky trails and only stopping to rest once in a while. In the summer, you are not allowed to start the mind blowing walk after 9am. It takes 3-4 hours and can get very hot. 100 degrees plus hot!  As it is tody. Even though we didn’t see the canyon from above, we saw and felt the canyon’s heart and soul. Where most of the animals and birds live. And enjoyed it very much. And…….we still have our minds.

Kings Canyon info

 

 

 

heart attack hill

Heart attack hill ‘walk’

Flies and mosquitoes as the sun comes up. Only millions of flies during the day. Flies and mosquitoes as the sun sets.

sandstone art

I have not modified this photo at all. The bush on the left was really that color. Beautiful natural art

spider web in the shape of a ball

There is a little spider in the middle of that ball shaped web

After leaving the canyon, we head for Alice Springs and 2 welcomed nights in a nice hotel with cold water and a/c. And only a few flies. That is where I am writing this from. Tomorrow we head north and cross the Tropic of Capricorn with 5 people from the first part of the trip along with ? more.

Flies and mosquitoes as the sun comes up. Only millions of flies during the day. Flies and mosquitoes as the sun sets.

I will post again in about three days. Thanks for looking.

 

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4 thoughts on “It’s Hot in Australia at the moment!

  1. jimhansenauto

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. No pics of the flies and mosquitoes?

  2. Lovely description Jim – hope you’re both having a great time – sounds like it!

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