Truly, Madly, Deeply

Trip Start Jun 26, 2009
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The following day we arrived at Ayer's Rock, or Uluru as is the new buzz word about the place (another theory is that it is the ancient aboriginal name for it). So we got there about lunch time and laughed at some tourists wearing fly nets across their heads! They looked funny after all, you'd never catch us wearing them. After making the short walk from the car park to the Exhibition Centre we purchased some fly nets and set about circling the rock itself. It was pretty big up close, and quite red. We had read the stories from the exhibition centre about the aboriginal legends surrounding the areas, and we were suprised at just how sacred this site is to them. So much so in fact there are still areas of Uluru that photos are prohibited. Walking up the rock is strongly discouraged, despite there being tours that can take you up the top?! Fortunately we did not have to cross that moral dilemma on this day, weather forecasts prevented any walks from taking place in the duration of our stay.
We planned to tour the 10km circumference in its entirety, but fell somewhat short of our goal (by about 9kms) due to adverse insect problems. With all the stories you hear from this place, no one ever mentions the fruit flies. They are a pest to the extent that it can ruin your tour in our opinion. You are asked to stand quietly and appreciate the silence that surrounds the Rock, but you just can't do that because of the constant buzzing around your head. For those of you who know me, you will be aware of me being completely underwhelmed by Stonehenge, well ladies and gentlemen, we have another contender for most overrated attraction. I wonder how many other wonders of the world I can add to my disappointed list?!
The evening came, some hours after we had left the Uluru national park and settled in to the Campsite nearby. We checked in at 4.30pm, or so we thought. Time zones, and huge distances travelled meant we had somewhat lost sense of time, our watches were an hour and a half in front! So we checked in at 3.00pm and spent some time relaxing in the afternoon. We made our way back out to see Ayers Rock again, this time at sunset, hoping to change my opinion sadly cast that afternoon. The sunset behind the viewpoint hits the Rock just before going past the horizon behind, and, yep there it is. This is why the Rock is considered so special. Barely a minute before sunset the final rays catch the rock, which is the only thing standing around miles of flat land, and it glows a deep orange colour. This is astonishing. As the sun sets and the rock goes dark, I take back my negative comments from earlier.
We drove around after dark, looking to find the spot to see sunrise the following morning, but tiredness got the better of us and we headed back, after all, it turns out we had been up since 5.30am. I thought the pub shut early last night!
Sunrise was much the same, the rock glows brightly orange as the sun creeps out, before turning crimson in full daylight, we had witnessed the two views we wanted to see, time to get going! Oh, we should go to Kata Tjuta too, as this is supposed to be equally astounding. We got there, just a load of big rocks in the distance, lets get going.
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