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Day Ten – Sydney

Well, we were back to the mornings of rising before the sun is up? It was a challenge for some trying to pack up their messy tents in the dark. The girls were way a head of the boys this morning, all packed up well before time. The boys eventually got there and we all say down for…

Day Nine – Sydney

Rise and shine! 7:30am we were up again after a quiet and pleasant sleep. With bacon and eggs for breakfast we were ready for the day ahead! Happy Birthday to Anthony and Will, 2 of our leaders, who also received the Gold Plate awards this morning, along with Kyal!

Day Eight – Sydney

The alarms went off 5:30am. We dragged ourselves out of bed, put on a jumper and some shoes and shuffled our feet to the bus. We met all the other buses just out of the camp ground, then took a short drive to to one of the sand dunes. We all piled out of the…

Up at Dawn

After a fairly big day and late night, you’d think that a sleep-in would be in order. Well, nope. Dragging ourselves out of bed at 5am so that we can get ready to see the sunrise, sleepily getting dressed (more than one inside-out jumper was being worn by the time we were awake enough to…

Festival and Concert

  Woot. So, Festival day is where we run a Community Festival for free, for both the residents of Yulara and Mutitjulu. It’s a time to have fun, play, and make a lot of noise. It’s also the time we got to spend with the local Indigenous community. They had a lot of fun with…

Big Top Times…

Yes, we do have a circus-like Big Top. And shenanigans go on inside it. Some singing, some dancing (there was, in fact, at one point a dance battle going on. Instigated by the kids with only a little encouragement from Christian, our MC) and in there somewhere (we hope!) some learning about local culture and…

The Mala Walk

There’s a particular walk around part of the base of Uluru that’s special to us, and to many of the people who visit here. It’s named the Mala Walk, named after a small wallaby. Each of the Bus groups took the walk, hearing the stories associated with different parts of the rock. There’s a lot…

The Pilgrims Arriving…

At Basecamp we busily got ready for Pilgrim arrival. We sorted bandanas, poured the cordial, and on Wednesday our Big Top tent went up (with the help of some firemen!), which is where we held our parties Evening Program. Which did involve dancing. And cheering, and singing, and group hugs. With a little bit of learning…

Day Five – Sydney

In which we arrive at Uluru!

Day Four – Sydney

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