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4 Nov 2006 - Journey to the centre of Australia
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Perth by day - just before we left! Uluru - our first proper sighting Kata Tjuta 
The day did not get off to a good start as Pinnacles tours mucked up our transfer. They even woke up another "Wood" who had only arrived 4 hours earlier. However, we got it sorted in the end and made our flight in time. Phew. We saw Kirsten from our road trip at the airport, and she said she'd even told the driver we were supposed to be picked up. Grrr.

Arrived at Ayers Rock (Uluru) airport to find the handle on our case broken. Marvellous.

Anyway, our hotel the Outback Pioneer seems pretty nice. This evening we had our "Sounds of the silence" dinner. So we were picked up at 6pm for that. It was very nice. We started off with canapes and Aussie champagne as we watched sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas) meaning "many heads".

We then sat with another couple for dinner, they were on a 3 month round the world trip. We had pumpkin soup for starters, then various mains - crocodile caesar salad (chewy), chicken, beef, kangaroo (so like beef you can't really tell the difference) and barramundi (fish). There was a really big french group and one of the men had a very strange laugh and got a big fit of giggles about something. Maybe because there weren't any frogs legs on the barbeque.

Then we had a star talk with all the candles blown out. It was very interesting - the star guy told us stories about the constellations - mostly Southern ones - and pointed them all out with a big torch. Then pudding and port and coffee were served. After that we wandered down to a little area where star guy had set up 2 telescopes and 1 pair of binoculars, pointing at Orion's belt, the moon (very full and bright) and the seven sisters. Then it was all back on the coach and return to the hotel.

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