Another Central Australia Update - Uluru

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Subject: Another Central Australia Update - Uluru
From: Chris Gregory <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 22:40:53 +1000
Flew into Ulhuru yesterday to be greeted by the coldest September day on
record - beating the previous record set only a week a go by 4 degrees!  The
compensation was the pelting rain and seeing one of the great wonders of the
world - waterfalls cascading down the Rock. Even the road around the rock
was flooded.

Talking of roads - the previous BA correspondent reporting in from Alice is
quite correct in that pretty much all dirt roads hereabouts are closed due
to flooding. Even the bitumen road into Kings Canyon was closed yesterday
due to Kings creek flooding. I'm not sure the Docker River road will open
any time soon, I passed the start of the Docker today and even the first
100m looked impassable. See photos on link at end of this post. So the
Docker SBP's are out of reach at least for our trip.

Today was still cold but thankfully no rain. Wild flowers are fantastic.
Birding has been good if somehat unspectacular. Highlight was a Crested
Bellbird in the Valley of the Winds carpark at the Olgas. Near the
watertank. Also over the carpark was a swarm of 100 Masked Woodswallows,
which apparently tend to flock when the weather turns cold. At the Uluru
sunset viewing carpark there were several species of Honeyeaters. - Pied,
Singing, Spiny-cheeked plus Red Chats - all offering close up views.

We are planning on spending several more days in the region so we shall see
how the rest of the trip unfold. It's raining now and the weather outlook is
still more rain and cold weather.

Some photos of Waterfalls, Docker River road and the odd damp bird are here.


Chris Gregory

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