Saturday, June 29, 2013

Uluru (Ayres Rock)

We travelled to Alice Springs where we stayed three nights to catch up with friends from home. It was really good to see someone that you knew and chat about where you had been and where you were going.
Then we went to Uluru to see the rock, what a magnificent sight it is. It was awesome we just sat looking at it for ages. It was late in the afternoon when we got there so we didn't climb it but Stephen stood on it and I took his picture. The next day it was closed as it had been raining and the rangers didn't want anyone to fall off its slippy slopes. We joined a ranger walk and talk that morning that was very informative and then we went to the cultural centre and listened to one of the elders telling storeis of their beliefs (interpreted by one of the rangers).

A close up at the base of the rock

At the base of the rock on the ranger walk
I was surprised to find out that the rock was a permanent source of water for the aborigines and during the wet season there were many waterfalls off the rock. We definitely don't think it is from this world although the Ranger said it was sandstone (didn't feel like it to us).

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