The Welshman’s parents visited us from the UK recently. We spent some time just hanging out in Sydney – so they could experience our life. We had a family trip to the Red Centre to visit Uluru. They had a Tasmanian road trip, before we had a fabulous long weekend in Sydney, celebrating what would have been the 104th birthday of the Welshman’s Nanna. We were lucky enough to have her in our lives until only two years ago.
We lunched at our wedding reception venue, the Hyde Park Barracks Cafe, before a little side trip to Tiffany & Co to choose an 18th birthday present for our niece.
I’m going to share more of our adventures, but I want to kick things off with the amazing experience of our Uluru family adventure.
We flew direct from Sydney to Yulara, about 3 and a half hours flight time. The Welshman joined the hire car queue, my father-in-law and I lined up at the baggage carousel, and my mother-in-law did her Granny thing and looked after a sick Boyo. Thank the gods for Granny!
We stayed at the Sails in the Desert, the 5 star hotel in the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort complex. The weather was a little cooler than expected, so the pool was a no go for me. The Blokefolk braved it though! Fabulous food, gorgeous decor and comfy rooms. The star was that gorgeous red earth and the raw beauty of desert plant life.
Poor old Boyo was a bit sick the day before we left, but improved overnight. Unfortunately, the illness returned on the flight and he was running a raging temperature. Even more unfortunately, it got worse. We spent the remainder of our first day in Uluru hanging out in our hotel room, trying to bring Boyo’s fever down. Horrifyingly, he turned out to have whooping cough, diagnosed on our return to Sydney.
This pretty much set the pattern of our holiday. Morning activities, followed by an afternoon nap and some R&R. With some family time, delicious food and lots of movies and naps! We visited Uluru and the Cultural Centre, and viewed the iconic Uluru sunset on the second day. On our third day, we visited Kata Tjuta and attended a dot painting class. On our final morning, we visited a local market, where we purchased the exact artwork by Rosemary Armstrong that we saw her painting the day before. How cool is that!
We only had a few days, and there were many more amazing scenic and cultural places we could have visited. Having a sick kid and the need to relax put paid to some of these. Right, enough chat. Let’s get on with the gorgeous scenery – and a few family photos I’d love to share with you too!
Our Uluru Family Adventure | Uluru
Our Uluru Family Adventure | Kata Tjuta
Our Uluru Family Adventure | family
Our Uluru Family Adventure | Aboriginal art class
Our Uluru Family Adventure | Uluru Sunset
Have you visited the Red Centre?