A journey through deep Australia
On October 10th, 2017, in a van with 4 girls singing, we left Melbourne on our way to Adelaide where our road trip begins.
10,000 km route through the Outback - central Australia - to north to end in the east. Not an easy trip, but without a doubt it, worth it.
Keep reading to find out why.
Coober Pedy is a small and curious city located north of South Australia. Most of its inhabitants live underground, in old mines that were rehabilitated to protect themselves from high temperatures. Apart from this unique fact, it is known as the opal world capital.
What to see?
Desert cave hotel: The only underground hotel in the world.
Old Timers mine: An original mine from 1916.
Iglesia Ortodoxa Built in a cave.
Underground Books: Bookstore
The Big Winch Scenic View Cafe & Opal Shop: Buy some opal pieces and enjoy the 360 degree views.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Better known as Uluru and Las Olgas, it is a sacred place for aborigines. The Anangu tribe has been in charge of guarding these lands for hundreds of years and are currently in charge of managing the park.
Uluru- Kata Tjuta is in the middle of nowhere and that is why many people decide not to visit it. It is a hard and long journey through the Outback - remote and semi-arid interior of Australia.
If you want to go by road from the south, like us, it is approximately 8 hours from Coober Pedy. The most popular option is to fly to Ayers Rock and 20 minutes by road.
Despite what I just told you, I assure you that you should visit it.
We arrived the afternoon of October 13th and went straight to Las Olgas (Kata Tjuta) to make a short 1 hour hike through the valley of the winds to the Karingana lookout.
If you ever watched the cartoon movie "The land before time" you probably will remember the moment when littlefoot found it. That was my feeling after hours and hours in a semi-arid area, with nothing to observe and suddenly ...
Sunrise at Uluru.
Uluru. (in aboriginal language) also known as Ayers Rock is a huge 348m monolith of reddish sandstone that rises over the great plain of the outback.
A fact to keep in mind when you admire it is that the big rock only shows a small part of what it really is since hidden underground extends another 2.5 kilometers.
We keep going on our way north.
Three hours from Uluru is the Kings Canyon, a huge 270-meter deep canyon within the Watarrka National Park. Along the canyon runs Kings Creek, and like many areas of the Outback, sacred to the aboriginal tribes of the area.
A sunset at the Outback is indescribable.
This small city is located in central Australia, in the heart of aboriginal culture. The population lives on tourism thanks to the proximity of the Uluru and its location right in the center of the Stuart road that crosses the country from North to South. It is popularly known as The Alice but the original inhabitants, who have lived in the central desert of Australia for thousands of years. call it Mparntwe,
About 400 km north of Alice Springs we visit Devil’s Marbles or Karlu Karlu as the Warumungu aborigines know. A collection of large granite rocks scattered throughout the valley created by erosion over millions of years.
According to one story, Arrange, the Devil Man, while walking through the area, made a thread belt, a type of traditional ornament, worn only by initiated aboriginal men. As he turned his hair to make threads, he dropped hair groups on the ground that became the big red rocks. Arrange finally returned to his place of origin, a hill called Ayleparrarntenhe, where they say the legend is still alive.
After our visit to Devil's Marbles we continue north on Stuart Hwy and stop in this picturesque town where only about 9 people live'-- yes, you read read correctly, 9! Even if you ask yourself "What will I do in a town of 9 people" I advise you to stop and have a beer at the Pub.
The history of the pub as its own website tells: Bill Pearce and his wife Hennrietta, in 1930, built a shop to serve travelers, settlers and drivers.
Before the 2nd. World War, Daly Waters was the site of the first international airport in Australia and was used for refueling airplanes en route to London. The Pearces played the hosts of the mines by feeding and providing overnight accommodation to travelers. Bill was also responsible for refueling the planes. These days, Daly Waters airfield is in semi-retreat with private planes, mining exploration companies and Air-Med (Remote Area Medical Service) that make up the bulk of the traffic. During World War II, Daly Waters played an important role in protecting the coast of northern Australia. Australian and US air forces were based here along with Mitchell Bombers, Kitty Hawks and a combat squad.
Today, the pub is still a welcome destination for travelers. The pub is known for its service, hospitality, excellent food and cold beer. Souvenirs adorn the walls from Irish football shirts to bras. Wherever you look, there is something interesting to read or reflect about its origin.
Mataranka Thermal Pool
The thermal pool with its lush palm trees, crystal clear and warm waters (34 ° C) offers a beautiful place that has been an icon for visitors for many years.
Go at sunset and you will enjoy watching the colony of the little red bat fly above your head.
The Edith Falls are a series of waterfalls and cascading pools on the Edith River in Nitmiluk National Park.
Swimming in the natural pool at the base of the falls is possible most of the year, although it may be closed between November and April due visiting crocodiles.
On the Road
After reaching the north of the Northern Territory (Darwin) we retraced our steps to Warumungu to head east.
It is a long trip, with nothing to do on the road, which lasts approximately 20 hours to Airlie Beach.
Airlie Beach is one of the most touristy destinations in Australia.
Mainly because from this location the boats take you to discover the wonderful Whitesundays Islands, but apart from that I also recommend:
Enjoy its crystalline waters beaches.
Night at the Magnums. They claim to be the number one bar for parties in Australia.
The 74 Whitsunday Islands are located between the northeast coast of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Most of the islands are uninhabited. Characterized by rainforests, trails and white sand beaches.
To reach them you can do it by plane or boat. We took a day trip by boat with snorkeling, visiting two wonderful beaches, including Whiteheaven, a short jungle path with views and we ended the afternoon having a cocktail at one of the resorts.
The most wonderful thing: everything.
Wallaman Falls, a waterfall in Stony Creek, is located in the Humid Tropics of UNESCO World Heritage in the town of Wallaman, in the northern region of Queensland.
The waterfall is impressive for its fall of 268 meters. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is 20 meters deep.
Go down to the pool to see it with your own eyes and be astonished.