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AUSTRALIA | Monday, 9 May 2016 | Views [319] | Comments [3]

Handed the camper in, all fine.  We had travelled over 4300 miles in the 65 days we had it!!!  Flew out of cairns and it was a sunny 29C.  The weather went significantly downhill as we flew inland and when the plane tried to land (landing gear down, run way clearly visible) it quickly accelerated and steeply climbed away from the runway - yikes!  The cloud was too low and the rain too bad for it to land.  It took about 10 minutes before the pilot let us know what was happening by which time I had imagined every disaster!!  We had to divert to Alice Springs to wait for the weather to improve.  Got a free lunch and got on a flight later in the day - all good.  Picked a hire car up at the airport, which the lady said was a free upgrade on the original booking.  She told us what it was but it didn't mean anything to us.  When we got outside it was a monster of a 4WD!!   It was still raining when we got to Uluru which was the biggest surprise, I was expecting to be fried by the sun.  It only rains about 10 days in a full year.  On the very positive side we are only 1% of all visitors that get to see waterfalls falling from Uluru.  We had a very wet but enjoyable couple of hours checking out the waterfalls.  Glad to say that the weather was much better the day after when we walked around the base which took about 5 hours.  Although it is just a big rock it is truly spectacular and you can't stop looking at it.  Finished the day with an amazing sunset and a massive star filled sky.  Today we went to Kata Tjuta which is another impressive rock formation.  Walked through the Valley of Winds on a great 3 hour walk with more spectacular views.  Had a truly memorable few days at Uluru.  The rock is tops.  Going back to check out the sunset again tonight.  We fly out to Syndey tomorrow for our last 4 nights.  Although sunny for the last couple of days it has only been 22C, I think it is actually warmer in the UK at the moment!!  We are staying in a hostel and have had the dorm to ourselves for the last 2 nights, I hope we don't get any roomies tonight......See you all very soon love Dawn and Mark xxxx  

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G'day, At long last it's warmer here than there (although I'd rather be there) It's been fine all last week & warm & sunny for last 3 days (mum had all doors & windows open) but don't worry the forecast is for it to be a lot cooler for the big home coming on Sunday. Uluru looks fantastic & loads different than anything else you've done. Is it as magical as everyone says? Methinks Bondi beach will not be as breathtaking as a lot of what you've already seen although Sydney has lots to see & do even for a city. XXX

  Dad May 9, 2016 9:24 PM

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Arghhhh can't believe the landing!! Sounds like a proper nerve wracking 10 mins!! Glad you've seen the waterfalls sounds brilliant there! It's gorgeous here, me and Phoebe have just had a lovely walk up the greenway. She's really into her birds so we have to wave at each one, takes a while to get anywhere! Hope you enjoy your last few days and have a safe flight back! Xx

  Claire Bridge May 9, 2016 10:13 PM

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Was the windy valley windier with Mark in it Ha Ha. Your dad gets quite poetic when he writes his comments.

  Mum May 9, 2016 11:27 PM

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