Day 8

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 04, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Rock! We were up at sunrise to view "The Rock" from the look-out at the caravan park. It was incredible we are 24 kms away yet it felt so close. We headed to the National Park (which of course you have to pay to enter $25.00 per adult to enter) and drove to the base where we were just in time for a tour conducted by a ranger with a lot of local Aboriginal knowledge (although not aboriginal himself.) He did a fantastic job explaining the history of Uluru and the changes happening when so many tourists climb the rock and the reasons why it is suggested visitors think seriously before they decide to climb. Liam was quite positive he was going to climb but after listening to the effects left behind such as, the water that flows into the waterholes being contaminated from people at the top touching water deposits, to the layers of rubber deposits left from shoes on the trail where people have walked, he decided not to. (we are very proud he made the decision himself!) The Ranger also explained the times the climb is closed is imposed by National Parks not the Elders as is the impression given sometimes in the media. The reasons are usually high winds expected, the chance of rain or extreme heat. It has such a spiritual feeling just walking and listening it really is very hard to explain. (It is nothing like when we were here 30 years ago Mum & Dad, the road goes no-where near where we camped even the area around “mini Ayers Rock” is no longer there as the whole area is classed a sacred land.) The areas of access are very limited & although it's disappointing so much can’t be seen I think it is much better to preserve such sacred areas. We spent some time in the cultural centre and then headed off to “The Olgas”. Again the road seems to detour for miles rather than going direct avoiding spiritual/sacred areas. I have never seen “The Olga’s” before and I have to say they are just as impressive if not more so than Uluru. The size and presence of the rocks is just incredible. We headed off exhausted back to the van to let the day sink in…. 'til tomorrow! Mad Mackay Mob….
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Jacqui Becker - That is so fabulous! HAte your guts right now!!! x

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