Ayers Rock – or Uluru – is the biggest reason why any visitor to Australia visits the outback. Its vastness is one that many wish to climb, however, every piece of literature and sign about the place will advise you not to do so.
Not so much because you could fall off the track and die but because the big lump of red rock is an extremely holy and meaningful place to the aborigines. Not wanting to deter you but basically climbing this monstrosity would be like defecating in the middle of the Vatican. Now do you realise how important this place is to them? Excellent.
Before you start moaning, climbing the rock isn’t the only way to see it in all of its glory – the base walk is just as challenging. It takes two hours, gives you full views of all the rock and believe me will leave you exhausted, as every turn you take seems to never be the finishing point.
Aside from being a religious place, Uluru plays a huge part in Australian and aboriginal history. Approximately 500 million years ago it was part of the ocean floor which due to various geographical reasons gradually became the huge piece of sacred red rock it is today.
Uluru was and still is inhabited by dozens of ancestral ‘beings’ whose activities are recorded at many sites across the rock some of which can be seen on the base walk.
Aboriginals like to mark and record important events through rock art. You can see an example of some original drawings at the start of the walk. Although most of them have been washed away over the years by rain, one picture stands out from all the rest.
A giant white veiny leaf is so striking because it is so bright in colour in comparison to its fading neighbours. However, before you start taking photos of the ‘would be’ phenomenon, the art is actually a drawing by a naughty tour guide who used Dulux paint. Now there’s respect for your job.
Back in the day the Aboriginals didn’t have the privilege of long lasting paint – they used, spit, blood, emus and lizard fat, hence they aren’t so durable.
Taking photos of Uluru can be quite tricky when you’re up close. However, photography from afar is a different story. So, after completing a base walk, watching the sunset is a popular choice. The best place to admire the view is at an allocated car park where every man and his dingo seem to go. If you go with a tour guide, your group will pitch a table at an observation spot and lay out champers, biscuits and dips.
As lovely as the dip may be, I advise, once the sun is lowering, step away from the sauce and appreciate the landscape before you miss it. I speak from experience but damn, that was good dip.
To complete your ultimate tour of Uluru you should also watch the sunrise. The sunrise makes for some brilliant photo opportunities, ones that you may actually want to frame when you get home. If you’re extra lucky you may even witness the different stages of colour changes in the rock.
Uluru is an awe inspiring sight, which makes the other tiring days of camping and getting bitten by mozzies so much worth it. You can guarantee it’s the one thing you’ll do in Australia that you won’t forget.
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By Alexandria Gouveia