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Aboriginal Australia-The Northern Territory

A February 1994 trip to Australia by Linda Hoernke

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Quote: Can you hear it? It is the wind carrying the spirits of Uluru. The name itself invokes the mind with images of the Aborigines and 40,000 years of culture. Australia, a sacred place where light and color meet the desert.

Aboriginal Australia-The Northern Territory

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Experience sunset at Ayers Rock, watch the colors chage over the desert. Visit an aboriginal settlement and learn the ways of these people who have survived this harsh land. Ride a camel from a homestead in the outback and hike the McDonnel Range. Experience Australia and its Red Center.Quick Tips: Many travel companies lead trips to Australia. I say, "Go on your own." Rent a car and drive the roads that lead into the most exquisite desert surroundings that can be found. Respect the ways of the aboriginals. They have survived this land for thousands of years. Plan! This is a harsh enviroment which takes planning to travel through.Best Way To Get Around: By car, by foot! Experience th...Read More
Sunset over the Desert Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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A luxurious and comfortable hotel in the heart of the Central Australian desert. The rooms are spacious, airy and exquisitely furnished. Enjoy the park like grounds or sit by the pool with the Uluru desert surrounding your senses. They have tennis courts and don''t forget the art gallery in the hotel. Enjoy a drink at the the Tali Piano Bar before dinner at one of this fine hotels three restaurants.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2001

Northshore at Chautauqua

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Hotel | "Ross River Homestead"

Northshore at Chautauqua Photo, Chautauqua, New York
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Located one hour drive east of Alice Springs, Roos River Homestead is said to be the amongst the oldest homestead in the world. Ross River offers you the opportunity to experience the very best of the Australian outback. A tourist resort formed around the original Loves Creek Homestead, Ross River was built in the 1890''s by the pioneering Bloomfield Family as a working cattle station. There are two styles of accommodation--Ensuite Cabins, which have air conditioning. The Bunkhouse, where each room has 4 bunk beds with shared toilet and shower facilities close by. At Ross River Homestead you can experience the best of life in the outback. From a camel trek to learning how to make Billy Tea and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2001

Northshore at Chautauqua
Elm Lane
Chautauqua, New York
(716) 789-9298

Toddy's Backpackers Resort

Hotel | "Toddy's Backpackers"

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Popular large resort with eight-bed dorms, smaller dorms and double rooms with bath, fridge and TV. There isn''t a lot of privacy but it is a great place to meet people to find out where they have been and to listen to stories of their experiences through Australia.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2001

Toddy's Backpackers Resort
41 Gap Road
Alice Springs, Australia 0871
+61 (8) 8952 1322

Ayers Rock

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Patterns of the Rock Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Can you hear it? It is the wind carrying the spirits of Uluru. The name itself invokes the mind with images of the Aborigines and 40,000 years of culture. A sacred place. A place where light and color meet the desert. The spirits play a song through the caves and holes of this monolithic giant, coming into view and hiding behind shadows. An aura engulphs this buried mountain, changing from a fiery blaze to shades of crimson and gold. The sun sets over the land in strands of light until all that is left is a darkening hole. Climb to the top and witness a desert full of deep colors and shadows. Of views that go on until the desert meets the sky. Walk around the Rock---this is a sacred place to the Abor...Read More

The Aboriginie

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Aboriginie Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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The Aborigines have maintained their culture and have contained their wisdoms within them. The Dreamers. Their Dreamtime. A knowledge of the spirit world and the enviroment. A concept which is diplayed in their music and art. A story of how nature is reflected from their ancestors that display the beginning of time. A coexistance with all of what is around them. Their music, mystical. Their land, exteme. They have survived land, legend, tradition and time. The people actually lived in small groups with common bonds which they formed into tribes. They shared in beliefs in the same Dreamtime creation stories of their ancestors. They shared weapons and huts for survival. The Aborigines believe that...Read More

Hiking the McDonnel Range

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Ormiston Gorge Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Located about 20 miles from Alice Springs in the West McDonnell National Park, are a number of scenic gaps, including Simpsons Gap, one of the most prominent gaps in the West McDonnell Ranges. It is known as a place with opportunities to see Black footed Rock wallabies at dawn or dusk. Many types of vegetation can be found in the McDonnell Ranges and Simpsons Gap area. The area is an important spiritual site to the Arrernte Aboriginal people where several dreaming trails can be hiked. Standley Chasm is located about 35 miles from Alice Springs. Standley Chasm has been cut into sandstone by floods for millions of years. The result is a deep red cleft crowded on either side by craggy slopes that...Read More

The Olgas

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Into the Olgas Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) are 36 steep sided domes of rock rising to over 1600 feet. Kata Tjuta, meaning "many heads" in Aboriginal language, is not one large rock but a system of gorges and valleys that allows people to walk around and soak in the quiet and spiritual environment. It is of equal significance as the Ayers Rock is to the Anangu people but less known. The tallest rock, Mount Olga is actually higher than Ayers Rock.There are two major walking trails, the Valley of the Winds and the Olga Gorge. The Valley of the Winds Trail takes about three hours and leads you to several deep gorges. The Olga Gorge Trail leads up to the Olga Gorge and to its cliff face and a rock pool. The fantastic r...Read More