ULURU- THE BIG RED ROCK IN THE CENTRE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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MILEAGE: @ Curtin Springs 18271km
WEATHER: 4 degrees o'night; 16 degrees @ 9.30am
JOURNEY: Curtin Springs, Yulara
OVERNIGHT: Yulara Resort; $34 pn, no power.
Through the desert we drove, green tufts and desert oaks becoming more prevalent until we arrived at Yulara, the accommodation area for Uluru, some 20kms away. The national park is in the centre of Australia’s arid zone and we are surprised to see so much vegetation. The aboriginal tribe, Anangu own the park and lease it back to Parks Australia. It is estimated that the aboriginal people inhabited the area for over 10,000 years and there is a Cultural Centre where you can learn about Anangu culture and stories.
Uluru would be Australia’s most famous tourist icon and Yulara is busy.
We get an unpowered site for $34 pn and are happy with our location. It is 11am so we drive on to Uluru, 20 kms away and do the circuit around the rock and it is impressive with its 9+km base drive/walk and 350 metre height. The interesting feature is the markings, pits, streaks, holes that make the sandstone surfaces so diverse! Even though the aboriginal people ask that you do not climb Uluru,the rock, many people still do and we did 24 years ago! This time we happily made our way by foot around the base.and on this mild slightly cloudy day it was easy.
The pictures tell the story of majesty, beauty and drama.
We spent a few hours here and returned again for sunset and even though it had been a lightly cloudy day, the event was beautiful and we had a glass of pink champagne with our newly met friends Judy and Don! There were tourists from all over the world tucked into this viewing area and Kath enjoyed a chat with a young couple one Indian from Delhi, the girl Japanese who had met and fallen in love while students in Melbourne and now lived and worked there. They were showing her parents some of our huge country and expressed their love of Oz. They were absolutely gobsmacked when they learned we were on the road for 2 years in this van and questioned whether they were perhaps too dedicated to their careers! The people you meet are as interesting as the places you visit. It had been a wonderful day!
Tomorrow we will visit the Olgas!