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Wrapping up a Town Like Alice


Quiet one today. We had planned to go to the desert park, to see some animals we hadn't seen (e.g. Dingos) but at $19 each, forget it! Instead we went to the reptile park here (a more reasonable $7 each :) and checked that out. Not too bad value, and we got to hold a couple of lizards and a snake (photos were naturally taken). Other than that, I just went online and caught up with some of my blogging. With no memory stick reading facilities, the entries I made had to be retyped, which helped my touch-typing practice (or at least finding the delete key). With nothing else to report, I suppose some comments about the red centre overall may pad this out ;)
To be honest, I am torn. In general, I have enjoyed the experience however it is not something that I would do again. Everything we have seen has been wonderful (and some things unique, e.g. waterfalls off Ayers Rock due to the rain) but only needs to be seen the once (IMO). Coming back to the same spot is not usually a good use of your money, which brings me nicely on to a bit of a diatribe: Ayers Rock resort and Kings Canyon resort are both owned by the same firm. Additionally, they seem to have exclusive rights as there is no competing backpacker-type accommodation. As such, a backpacker pays a small fortune and gets sub-standard accommodation. I would recommend paying more, and getting something more pleasant, a room does however cost around $230 per night and, based on someone's description, the service is not that great. And no, the owning company is not QANTAS!

In short, I would recommend the Red Centre for all it's amazing sights but I cannot say that it is good value for money.

Posted by jefranklin 20:00 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking round_the_world

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