ULURU; It's a spiritual place

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What I did
Visited Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Thursday, August 11, 2011




ULURU
(Ayers Rock): August 11 and 12.

Our first rest stop at Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse also included camel-riding for those who wanted this option.   Since I've ridden camels in Egypt, I roamed the property to take pictures, use their restroom, and to have a beverage. 

  
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Our second rest stop of the day was to the Curtin Springs (cattle) Station to learn about one of the biggest cattle ranch in the outback. The founder and owner was our docent who shared with our group his experiences in establishing the cattle ranch in this remote area of the country. I must apologize, because I did not remain seated to listen to his story, but explored around the very interesting property where he kept other animals in cages - including an aviary.

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Our next stop was a tour of the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Center where they create their handicrafts and art works. Our pamphlet said "to explore Aboriginal culture," but I observed mostly shops with products for sale, and the artwork somewhat amateurish.  We were not allowed to take pictures at this venue.


The day wasn't totally lost; we went to Uluru to view the sunset. The local transportation company set up snacks and offered champagne to watch the sunset. My pictures will have to do the talking. That was a first class experience in every way. 
 
This is what most people see of Ayers Rock in daylight.   However, I will show pictures of Ayers Rock most people do not see - up close and personal.  This was one of the first pictures I took at dusk during our first visit.
 
 
  
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Ayers Rock
 
The following day was our "real" big day to visit Uluru at dawn, and a Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta (Olgas). Talk about a spiritual experience, this place has it in spades.
 
   
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Kata Tjuta is made up of 36 cones with various gorges and valleys within, and located about 35 miles from Uluru. From some areas at Uluru, Kata Tjuta can be seen. The walk at Walpa Gorge takes about three hours from the bus parking area, but the beauty of the place with its flora and breathless views makes it seem much shorter - even with some rough, rocky, walking terrain. However, some parts of the path have bridges and well established paths. It's a "must do" when visiting this area.
 
 
 
 
 
  

 

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