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Day 8 - Back to Adelaide

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Day 7 - Alice Springs to Uluru & Back

- Uluru

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Day 7 - Alice Springs to Uluru & Back

- Kata Tjuta

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Day 7 - Alice Springs to Uluru & Back

- Kata Tjuta (previously The Olgas)

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Day 6 - Tennant Creek to Alice Springs

- Arrival in Alice Springs
- Goodbye Topdeck Tour

We arrived in Alice Springs, our final destination, around 6:30pm. We took one last group photo around the Alice Springs sign and then said our final goodbyes as we were each dropped off at our separate accommodations. Half of the people on the tour were carrying on with Topdeck to Uluru and then onto South Australia and Victoria. As you can see in the picture of the outside of the hostel I stayed in, crime in Alice Springs is much like the other towns in the Northern Territory. My hostel had three levels of fencing and barbed wire around its surroundings! As it was dark by the time I got there it was too late to go out and get food, the hostel owner even told me not to venture out alone. That night I soon regretted my decision to stay in a hostel rather than a hotel, as the temperature went down to -3 that night. As I lay awake in bed all night, able to see my breath and wearing three layers of clothing, I wished I had of spent the extra cash and stayed in a heated hotel. But who would have thought there would be no heat?!  It turned out to be a very long night with a very early 5am wake up call. 

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Day 6 - Tennant Creek to Alice Springs

- Barrow Creek Telegraph Station
- Wycliffe Well

After our amazing experience at the Devils Marbles we continued on down the Stuart Highway. We stopped at the Barrow Creek Telegraph Station, built in 1872 to help link Australia to Europe. The town of Barrow Creek is really small with a population of 11. Barrow Creek is associated with several Aboriginal massacres and it was also the location of the 2001 murder and abduction of two tourists (the 2005 movie ‘Wolf Creek’ is based on this). We had a picnic lunch along the road and made a stop at one last roadhouse - this one located in Wycliffe Well with a UFO theme. It markets itself as the “UFO Capital of Australia.” It was around this point that we could really feel the change in temperature - while the Northern part of the Northern Territory was very hot and humid, the further we drove into the center of Australia the cooler it got.