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’11 OZ PHOTO SERIES PT12

GREAT OCEAN ROAD – THE GRAMPIANS – ADELAIDE – COOBER PEDY – AYERS ROCK

AYERS ROCK ROAD TRIP & RESCUED BY TWO HELPFUL ABORIGINES

Myself, Ben and the 3 Brummies for some bizarre reason decided to rent and car and drive to Ayers Rock.

IN A CAMPER VAN MADE FOR 3, IT WAS A COSY FIT!

As a return trip it’s around 5,000km and would take us the best part of 2 weeks to complete.

WHERE IS AYERS ROCK?

Rescued in the middle of the desert

GREAT OCEAN ROAD

Our first stop or scenic drive was the GOR, something we all thought would be the highlight but turned out to be a little disappointing. It was clearly popular due to the clever marketing that had been done, there’s very little great about it!

David Simpson and the gang at The Great Ocean Road in Australia. Rescued in the middle of the desert

Rescued in the middle of the desert

The 12 Apostles during our trip to the desert in Australia. Rescued in the middle of the desert
David Simpson and the gang during their trip to the desert in Australia. Rescued in the middle of the desert

Rescued in the middle of the desert

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GRAMPIANS

The Grampians was the next stop and as far as I was aware was in a different level than the GOR. it was insane. I had not done much hiking at this stage but even a short hike gave us some incredible views!

The gang stopping for lunch before getting rescued in the middle of the desert in Australia. Rescued in the middle of the desert

The foot!

SHOWERS IN ADELAIDE

Then it was onto Adelaide where we would be looking the use of some shower facilities, for free of course. Most hostels have communal showers so there is no need for a key so all we had to do was get in and find where they are. We were sure to walk swiftly behind a few others, quietly confident and nod at the girl at reception in the hope she would question that she really does recognise us when we’ve never seen her before. It worked a treat and the shower was long overdue!

When the girls have had enough of our driving

RESCUED BY TWO ABORIGINES

The drive from here up to Ayers Rock was a long one and although the scenery didn’t change much myself and Ben loved every second of it. There was something about driving all day and seeing very few other cars but we also found the problem with that as well!

We were a bit lax on the old petrol front and decided to plough on but we got caught and had to park at the side of the road. We were stranded and the only option was to flag down a passing car, and there wasn’t many!

Eventually two young natives were kind enough to pull over and myself a Ben jumped in. The petrol station wasn’t far and they were more than happy to take us back to the girls who were still alive!

AYERS ROCK

Ayers Rock is impressive but it’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t been, after all it’s nothing else than a huge monolith! The rock is sacred among the indigenous community and is thought to have started forming over 400 million years ago!

ROADTRIP….

  • PEOPLE – 8/10
  • BACKPACKING – 8/10
  • WEATHER – 8/10
  • THINGS TO DO – 8/10
  • VALUE – 8/10
David Simpson and the gang at Ayer's Rock in Australia. Rescued in the middle of the desert

Ayers Rock all to ourselves

SUMMED UP….

  • HIGHLIGHT – Driving through the desert
  • LOWLIGHT – Running out of petrol
  • MVP – The two locals
  • DO IT AGAIN – Yes
  • RATING – 8/10

FINAL THOUGHTS

We knew it wasn’t going to be easy with the 5 of us cramped into a tiny van but it was yet another highlight of my Oz Series..

NEXT UP

Back to Melbourne where I’ll be hanging around for the next 3 months having some of the best times so far. Click to read!

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
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This episode is part of The Oz Photo Series, click to see episode 1.

Question Time

  • Have you ever done a road trip in Australia?
  • Did you go to Ayers Rock?
  • What’s the best road trip you’ve been on?

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