Once we turned off the main highway onto Lassiters Highway toward Uluru, the sense of anticipation started rising. OK, we knew it was approximately 260 kilometres to Uluru, but we were on the road leading to it, and that meant something. Around 160 kilometres in we noticed something and we started to get a bit excited; but surely we wouldn't be able to see "The Rock" this far out? But it also looked different, not quite right. Checking the map we noticed there was a Mount Connor in the area, so this must be what we could see now. On we went. Eventually, another significant mound greeted us, and this time you could "feel" the difference; a sense of something, almost a pull. It really took my breath away, even from a distance.
This photo shows the "climb' area. For the first 10 metres or so you are on your own, but then there is a cable which you can hold onto to help with the ascent and descent........not that I was ever going to try it. Natalie, her husband and older children, Ron and Leah were all going to do the climb but unfortunately the wind gusts were too high so it was never opened that morning.
When we left Uluru we decided to travel on to Tennant Creek where we stayed for two nights. By this time we were getting reports of flooding in Queensland, and that some roads were cut into Townsville and surrounds. Once we left Tennant Creek we were going to push on as much as possible so that if we did have to do a detour we were still going to be able to make it to Townsville by our deadline. With that in mind, we only planned one more stop prior to Townsville, and we stopped at a place called Julia Creek. Not much there, and we were told that some minor flooding had occured there, but that they were expecting the main waters in a few days. Great that we were able to pass through in between.
while others just stood back and took photo's
Close to Julia Creek we were blessed with a gorgeous sunset which I managed to capture from inside the car while travelling along at around 100K per hour.
And so, into Townsville. Having been to both Cairns and Townsville I have to say that as a place to live, I would prefer Townsville. Cairns is great, but it's much more of a tourist town, whereas Townsville is more family orientated. I particularly liked the rock pool, which is built out into the sea, uses sea water, but is filtered to keep out any stingers.
When I told Natalie about the pool, we decided to take the children, but when we got there it was empty for cleaning and maintenance. Sad, especially when it hadn't been announced anywhere that I noticed the day prior. Ah well, they are there for at least 2 years, so I'm sure they'll get there sooner or later.
Well folks, that's the trip, now back to every day life, and hopefully my knitting now that we seem to be past the worst of the hot weather.
Take care, and happy knitting.