Earlier this year, we took a drive from the tropics of Darwin to the red centre of Australia to see the big sights. These are the things that anyone who visits the Northern Territory should definitely have on their to do list, and we wanted Dean’s mum Shirley to see them all. In the first part of this post we went to the Devils Marbles and Kata Tjuta.
Now it’s time for the main attraction: Uluru.
When it comes to outback Australia bucket lists, it doesn’t get much bigger than Uluru. And I mean that physically as well as in all the other ways. In size alone, Uluru is monstrous, much bigger than you could have imagined. Driving up the road, Uluru commands the view, looming over as you approach. It’s magnificent.
Close up, the rock yields even more interesting surprises. Just to get a hint of what life might have been like for the traditional people of this area is incredible. The rock art and marks of age-old campfires lends itself to a shiver that only comes from looking at the past. And the rock? It’s a tapestry of textures. Though smooth from a distance, it’s really a mix of so many different marks from the passage of years.
Walking around the entire base, a journey that takes the better part of the morning, we live and breathe the wonders of the rock. Taking a moment to enjoy the stillness between one roving group and the next. It’s lovely.
What You Should Know About Uluru
- Climbing Uluru is considered by the traditional owners of the land to be very disrespectful, as well as incredibly dangerous. There were some people who chose to climb on the day we were there, but we didn’t and had no regrets. The experience of walking around the monolith was amazing.
- The Uluru Base Walk is 10.6km all told, and takes around 3.5 hours. We started as early in the morning as we could, to avoid the hotter part of the day. I would high recommend that.
- There are places to fill up your water bottle along the Base Walk, but I’d still recommend taking quite a bit of water with you. It’s hot, and you will drink a lot of water.
- You can have the choice of doing a tour of the base, but we prefer to keep away from the crowds to we did it alone. There is quite a bit of information on the trail, and with the brochures we picked up before hand it was an interesting and informational walk.
This post originally appeared on BarefootBeachBlonde.com, the pre-evolved version of Maps And Mandalas. I’ve republished it here with its original date because I love it that much.