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Photos from Central Australia - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Photos from Central Australia
Joe's just been promoted at work and given a raise, you go Joe! I'm not sure when it takes effect. He's home sick today because he had some not-so-good sausages last night - I cheated said sickness because I worked late and grabbed my dinner on the way home.

Work is quiet; I finished my last project before I left on holidays and haven't been assigned a new one yet. Generally when we're between projects and don't have any changes assigned to previous projects, we just read painting tutorials and work on advancing our skills. I'm going to try to sneak a bit of writing time in, and try not to allow myself too much annoyance over the unnecessary changes being made on the game I've just finished.

Housing prices are plummeting. The Australian government has just double the First Homebuyers Grant. Apartments up at Kings Beach are looking affordable. Now if only there weren't a thousand small practicalities standing in the way! Ah well, a girl can surf RealEstate.com.au and dream...

Today I realised it's been just over a year since Joe and I broke up, and a fair chunk over six months since we got back together. I could write reams on how different everything is, on the challenges we faced once we decided we wanted to be together (because deciding to do something =/= the reality of doing it), and on how content we are now - but let's face it, other people's relationships can be a bore, especially when they're going well. As I'm about to bore you with holiday snaps, I shall spare you the additional load of snoreworthy waffle. Ha, see what I did there with that segueway?

Rather than spam the journal with lots of IMG SRC tags (which take forever) and brand-new comments I'm going to link you to my three existing Facebook albums from the trip, which fulfil all the same functions (including daggy comments) without the need for me to torture myself with coding, filenames and copy-pasting. Whether you have Facebook or not, you'll be able to view these albums, as they're set to Public. And if you don't, you're not my friend anymore. (Kidding.) So without further ado...

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=40814&l=a132f&id=780514964 - Alice Springs and Kings Canyon

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=40838&l=6b517&id=780514964 - Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Uluru (Ayers Rock)

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=40846&l=61753&id=780514964 - Sunset and Sunrise at Uluru, and canoeing in the Katherine River.
8 have fought ~ fight the power!
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: October 21st, 2008 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I don't find other people's relationships to be a bore, especially those with unusual dynamics. But that could just be me.
rosequoll From: rosequoll Date: October 21st, 2008 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a completely nosy person, and I like reading about people, so relationship stuff wouldn't bore me in the least. =)

Also, re: the photos, I'm full of intense jealousy. If it's fair to ask, what was the cost of that whole trip for the two of you? I want to take a trip out and see more of Australia. =(
rosequoll From: rosequoll Date: October 21st, 2008 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG another comment, pictures! pretty! Dry wood rocks red pretty! *incoherent*

Auuugh, Australia is so beautiful. *flails*
rosequoll From: rosequoll Date: October 21st, 2008 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Another comment, the little lizard looks like a wild netted dragon. I have one at home here, check my facebook photos of pets. Reticulated pattern on the back, and ring/stripes on the tail.

Seeing the next dragon, I'm not 100% sure on 'netted' dragon, but it's definitely one in the Ctenophorus genus. He's cute!

Edited at 2008-10-21 04:05 am (UTC)
tania From: tania Date: October 21st, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't give you an overall figure because I booked each piece as I could afford it - so in a very fragmented way. Including airfares, food, etc - but excluding the art we bought - I'd guess we did it for ~$1400 each?

We got the Ghan tickets on sale, very cheap - $70pp per "leg" of the journey, except we had to pay a little extra for the second leg because I didn't get in quickly enough. However, I'd strongly recommend just flying; the prices are cheaper than the standard non-sale Ghan tickets, you won't have to sleep on the train (v uncomfortable) and you'll have more time to spend in your respective destinations. The train was neat but the novelty wore off pretty quickly; there are better ways to get an idea of the vastness out there.

The backpackers at Alice should have been $60/night double but was $100 because there was some big sporting event in town.

The Rock Tour was $320 including the national parks pass to Uluru, WELL worth it for three days, this was by far the high point of the trip for me. :) Check out The Rock Tour at http://www.therocktour.com.au/

There are other three-day tour providers, but most of them are both more expensive, and a lot less hands-on. Our guide called them "fishbowl tours" because you spend so much time stuck in the air-conned bus. ;) Be prepared to rough it a bit and do a lot of walking, but I know you'll love it. As for the flights, if you book far enough ahead with Tiger or Virgin, you'll find some really good deals. I'd budget roughly $200 per person per flight.

The canoeing was a whistle-stop tour sold on the train at $60 for a two-person canoe, but personally I'd recommend going for Katherine Gorge itself - the river was nice but I wanted to see the really spectacular parts! There'll be canoe hire there for comparable rates, I'll bet.

We spent very little time in Darwin... I fervently wish we'd spent more, a couple of days would have been nice. Adelaide was OK, not bad but not brilliant... Darwin, however, was AWESOME. It had Brisbane's weather and laid-back vibe combined with Melbourne-esque cafes and bars.

I can't actually remember what I paid for the Jimeoin standup for the both of us, but it was worth it - however it was a one-night show. If you plan to catch a show in Darwin, google the Darwin Entertainment Center for an idea of coming attractions.

Also, if you're a total sucker for modern Aboriginal art like I am, you'd be best to take at least $250 to Alice. That'll get you 2-3 small/med-small pieces. I wish I'd been able to take a couple of thousand and walk out with a couple of lovely big pieces, as it's the kind of artwork that only gets better with size. There's such a massive body of art for sale across the dozens of galleries there, the hardest part is choosing.

I really, really recommend the holiday. If you have to be choosy about what you do, definitely do the outback portion, leave the rest for another time so you're not squeezing as much in to a single week as I did. It was great fun - a real whirlwind - but exhausting too, and as I mentioned above, more than once I thought I'd have liked to spend a little longer in one place or another.

Edited at 2008-10-21 04:28 am (UTC)
rosequoll From: rosequoll Date: October 21st, 2008 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to do big vacations in each state at some point. I'm saving Tasmania (I think) for a someday honeymoon, unless that ends up not being likely, and then I'll take myself!

I have a vauge idea in mind to do the cross country train someday and spend some time in Perth, Western AU area, I DEFINITELY need to do a Northern Territory trip.

Have to see Darwin, cause I want to see where my snakeys come from. =)
uniformgrey From: uniformgrey Date: October 21st, 2008 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Well first off congrats to Joe and housing being cheaper is always a plus. As for the relationship gab, no worries here! Though people do enjoy a good bit of gossip, I appreciate hearing the good news!

And looking at your photos really makes me sit back and think "damn. Here I am in Ontario and I get to check out someone's other side of the world." cheese I know but awesome when it hits you. It looks like you had a wicked time with your Mom and the rest of your group. Thanks for posting the photos!
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: October 21st, 2008 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Congratzes to him on the raise! .... *zoooms off ta faceboooooook ta peeeeek...* 8>
8 have fought ~ fight the power!