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06-Red Center – Australie

The Red Center #2 – Outback Australia

My way down to the south continue. And to be honest the landscape are starting to change. Down on the road we get lost in the desert surrounded by a huge Canyons and have to stop for one night on a camp site with a swimming pool! How lucky we are after 3days in that heat, we decided to jump straight away in the pool 🙂

*** KINGS CANYONS ***

Kings Canyons is located in the Northern Territory in the Watarrka National Park. Part of the gorge is a sacred Aboriginal site. A walk of almost 3hours is possible through the different landscape of the Canyon, surrounding the Kings creek gorge. Wildlife, red rock and water are evolving there in the middle of the desert!

Compare to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyons is less famous and a few part of this place are forbidden to strangers. Some few ceremonies are done there and only aboriginal people are allowed to reach to those places!

After this long walk around Kings Canyons, we decided to head down to the south! And for the first time of my life i can be proud to say that i was in two regions at the same time.  In fact heading to the south of Australia means crossing the limit between the Northern Territory and South Australia…

After almost a day on the road, we finally reach a special city… Coober Pedy

*** COOBER PEDY – Opal city ***

Coober Pedy is mostly known to be the « opal capital of the world », due to the quantity  of precious opals that are mined there. Opal is a gem as diamond, or ruby. This town is also famous for it’s underground houses, called « dugout », which are built due the high temperature outside.

The term of « Coober Pedy » comes from the local Aboriginal term Kupa-piti, which literally means « boy’s waterhole » and explain the mining activity around.

This city is incredible, and worth to be seen at least once in a lifetime.

Now heading to the South and find back the civilisation and a proper link to real life. Let’s go to Adelaïde!!

Thanks for still following me

Ozrunner

The Red Center – Outback Australia

Here we are the thing that i came for in Australia, that part not know and really mysterious and full of aboriginal history!

And for the first time of my year of travelling in Australia, i will sleep in those swags (for those who don’t know it this is a kind of sleeping bag with a bigger mattress inside and totally waterproof… so perfect for sleeping under the stars, hopefully to see the Milkyway)

After a few hour of driving through the desert from Alice spring, the first stop is Uluru!

Along this first article i will expose two of the most incredible rock formation in Australia. Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are the two major features of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

*** ULURU – AYERS ROCK ***

Uluru known as well as « Ayers Rock » is a massive sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory (NT). The closest big town is Alice Spring (far about 350km down south to AS)

Uluru is sacred to the « Pitjantjatjara Anangu », the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The sandstone formation stands 348m high, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km. Both Uluru and the nearby Kata Tjuta formation have great cultural significance for the Anangu people, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush food and the Aboriginaldreamtime stories of the area.

Uluru is probably the signature of the NT, and famous for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably when it glows red at dawn and sunset.

*** KATA TJUTA – MOUNT OLGA ***

Kata-Tjuta, known as well as Mount Olga, is located 25 km to the west of Uluru. In my opinion this rock formation is way more impressive than Uluru. In fact the 36 domes that make up Kata-Tjuta, cover an area of 21.68km2. The highest dome, Mount Olga, is 546m above the surrounding plain (198m higher than Uluru). Kata-Tjuta is less famous than Uluru cause the aboriginal try to keep these area clear of tourist since they use it for aboriginal ceremonies. The Anangu Aborigines believe the great rocks of Kata Tjuta are homes to spirit energy from the « Dreaming ».

*** LEGEND ***

The legend around those rocks are pretty well guarded secret. But a main story tells of serpent beings who waged many wars around Uluru, scarring the rock. Kuniya, the woma python, lived in the rocks at Uluru where she fought the Liru, the poisonous snake.

Thanks for reading my article! It’s such a pleasure to share those thing with you all

Ozrunner

Alice Springs – Outback Australia

Here we are my new adventure is about to start!! I am really exited on going back on the road and discover more about this lovely and surprising Australia.

I remember with my friend Thomas (my best friend with whom i travelled for 8 month for those who didn’t read the last article) that we talk a lot about the red center and how that part of Australia was a curious thing for us!

And i have to admit that i am really exited to start this trip alone! My first adventure by my own in this country!

Here the long way down to the south begin 🙂

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*** ALICE SPRING***

So Alice Spring is a little city lost in the middle of the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia, and known as the third largest town in the NT of Australia.

The area is known as « Mparntwe » to the local aboriginal (the Arrernte), who have lived in the central australian desert. Almost 20% of the population there is aboriginal people.

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The plane land in the end of the morning in Alice spring! Just out of the plane you can feel this heavy dry weather of the desert! 45 degrees… Here we are officially in the center of Australia!

Unfortunately for me i went there in summer and most of the restaurants, and shop are closed till it’s too hot and not that much tourist comes at this period of the year! Except some crazy European mostly (that’s what a lady told me lol). So i guess i’m part of those crazy people.

How is incredible to see those different color. The land is red, and surprisingly there is a lot of vegetation! Walking down the street and i  cross mostly aboriginal chilling in the park or drunk for some of them! I am really happy to finally be surrounded by aboriginal in a small town! I am really curious about learning more about their culture!

Aboriginal culture is incredible and really close to the nature. Unfortunately the colonial part destroy a bit their culture and to be forgiven, the australian government pay them! Most of the aboriginals use that money for alcohol, and stay in that « suffering slave idea ». But i guess it takes time to get over it! The aboriginal that i met are pretty friendly and proud of their culture and they were proud of sharing their knowledge. And honestly that’s incredible!

The city is really small but i decided to go up on the hill to see the view on the top of the city before heading back to the hostel!

So here some pictures of this:

After what i went back to the hostel and just wait for the day after to start my way down to the South…

Thanks for reading me and hopefully i will quickly put some more new article.

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