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Australia: The Highlights ... with a side of Fiji - our family trip Down Under

Australia: The Highlights ... with a side of Fiji - our family trip Down Under

Sep 3rd, 2019, 04:33 PM
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Day 6 – Ayers Rock => Sydney

We met our guide, Alex, at 6:15am and headed to Uluru to watch the sun rise. He set up a table with hot drinks (tea, hot chocolate, coffee) and had cereal, muffins, and banana bread for breakfast. There was also a nice platter of fruit - apples, oranges, kiwi, and strawberries.

It was about 3-4 degrees Celsius, so we were happy for hot drinks! After spending about an hour watching the sun rise, we stopped at the Mutitjulu waterhole. We were surprised to see that there was still water in it, and from the patterns on the rocks above, we could tell it would be amazing when the water came and there was a waterfall off the rocks.

We walked around the base and also saw a variety of caves - women’s cave, boys cave, old people cave (I think they probably had a nicer name for it). We also saw at least one other waterhole (this one was dry). Alex told us many of the local aboriginal stories about some of Uluru above. We also saw cave paintings in some of the caves - they’ve been dated to 3,000-5,000 years old!

We walked over to the base where people were climbing - it is strongly encouraged not to climb Uluru, but there were still many people climbing it. After we finished this, we stopped in the cultural center and then headed back to our hotel. We were returned about 11am.

We tried a few different restaurants for lunch - but kept failing. Most of them were too fancy, or just had weird ingredients. (we just wanted something simple!) We tried the cafe adjacent to the pool at Sails in the Desert - and were the only ones. We tried the cafe opposite Gecko's - and it was packed. We tried Ayers Wok (looked like a great option!), but it wasn't open for lunch. We finally ended up at a takeaway place in the Outback Pioneer - where we got chicken tenders and fries. By that time, we were worried about something taking too long, so were just happy for any option.

We arrived at airport about 12:30-12:40 for our 1:50 flight. We didn’t know what we would find so we left extra time. Originally, they announced a 40 minute delay, but ended up only being about 15-20 minutes. We arrived in Sydney a few minutes after 5pm - took a cab to our hotel and got checked in. (No problems carrying on our bags this time - this flight was Virgin Australia).

We are staying at the Marriott Circular Quay (using points) - nice to have connecting rooms and a view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge from the 23rd floor. (the photo below is the view from our room). We walked to El Camino for dinner - Mexican. After dinner, we walked back to the hotel and headed to bed.

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Sep 3rd, 2019, 07:13 PM
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Three places in six days! And I thought I pack my itineraries. Glad you are seeing and doing all that you have shared. And thanks for bringing back fond memories of my own time at Uluru and Kata Tjuta - flies and all.
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