Truly, Madly, Deeply
Trip Start Jun 26, 2009
180Trip End Jun 29, 2010
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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
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.