One of the places I have always wanted to visit is Uluru (or Ayres Rock as it is also known) in the Northern Territory.
|Uluru - Northern Territory|
That's where I've been.
I couldn't help but take a photo of my first view of it as we left the airport to drive to Yulara - the resort outside the National Park.
I knew it was big, but until I saw it I really didn't comprehend just how big.
This photo is of the 4 girls sitting only about 10 or 12 metres above the ground where I was standing!
It hadn't rained in the area for 150 days (all the locals were counting!), but look how green and cooling it is!
In the photo below, you can see the part where tourists can climb the rock - that white trail from the middle peak down towards the tree. That's the wear from all the visitors feet over the last 50 or so years. There is a chain to hold on to but it doesn't begin till the the steep part above the tree and where the "cracked" rocks are.
The traditional owners allow climbing, but the request that you don't because of their cultural traditions. In any case it is closed if there are high winds (over 25knots), or temperatures are forecast to be over 36°C - it was actually closed the three days we were there - first day because of the wind and the next two because of the temperature - 37°C and 38°C on the following two days.
Not that I would have climbed anyway out of respect of the Anangu culture...also, this is on the last page of the visitors guide :
Kata Tjuta is also immense and I didn't understand the scale till I saw it. One of the girls is in the foreground...but if you look at the line of trees, halfway along you will see the MaTH and another of the girls...the tiny speck of red and blue...that's them...as I said massive!
Even though the two formations are in the same park, they are so very different - a bit of geology and history from here: http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/about-uluru-katatjuta/
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park
The National Park has an area over 311,000 acres and comprises two main significant sites:
- Uluru (sometimes called Ayers Rock) - is one of the largest monoliths in the world. Made of arkosic sandstone, Uluru rises 348 metres above the desert floor and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres.
- Kata Tjuta, known also as The Olgas. Kata Tjuta is the Aboriginal name, which means "many heads'. It is a group of more than 36 rounded red domes rising from the desert floor. The tallest is said to be around 546 metres high. Kata Tjuta is about 30 kilometres west of Uluru.
Sunset and sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta are spectacular, with the colours at both sites becoming more vibrant and even changing. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have significant meaning to Aboriginal people. They both form an important focus of their spiritual life.
Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park is Aboriginal land. The park is jointly managed by its Anangu traditional owners and Parks Australia. The park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for both its natural and cultural values.
There will probably be a lot more travel photos in the next few blog posts, especially because our favourite month is approaching...
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thanks for taking a peek over the fence...