The Top End, the Red Centre and the Ghan 20 February 2007

After flying from Cairns to Darwin, we hired a car and spent a week exploring Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Unfortunately Amy managed to strain a tendon in her foot and spent most of the week on crutches!
Still, we had a good look around, went for a scenic flight over Kakadu in a plane the size of a shoebox and experienced a tropical cyclone on our last night. On the way back to Darwin we stopped off for a Jumping Croc cruise and met Hannibal, undisputed king of the Adelaide River.

After seeing all that Darwin had to offer (which, apart from the 2 local national parks, isn't much), we boarded the Ghan on my 30th birthday for the journey to Alice Springs.
Alice is a great town with a real frontier feel to it and made an ideal stopover before we embarked on a 3 day tour of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.
On the tour we hiked into Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in 50 degree heat, slept under (shooting) stars, saw sunset and sunrise at Uluru and walked into Kings Canyon – definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

We had a couple more days in Alice Springs which were spent visiting the telegraph station, the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Base before getting back on the Ghan and heading south to Adelaide.

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