Visiting Ayers Rock (Uluru)

lordnigel
Lord Nigel @lordnigel2 months ago · 3 min read
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A brief look at Ayers Rock, Northern Territory Australia

This is my first post via the TravelFeed.io application.

My first impression is it looks like a pretty cool App for avid travelers like myself looking for an effective way to post - so nice job devs :)

For a good first test I thought I'd share a few photos of Ayers Rock from my last visit.


Ayers Rock is basically a huge red rock in the middle of a desert, located near the centre of Australia.. and it really stands out! - seriously you can't miss it and you'd think your were hallucinating if you were on foot and came across this on the horizon.

If you do visit Ayers Rock and decide to explore, best to be sensitive towards the local Aboriginals and their culture - its best to chat and seek guidance before trudging around :)


The entire area is of spiritual importance and links to creation theories - Please take care of yourself, others and the environment when visiting the area around Ayers Rock.

Depending on the time of day and the angle, Ayers Rock looks very different, its shape and colour alters - either way the camera just doesn't give it justice, it's really something you need to see with your own eyes to understand how bizarre this rock in the middle of the desert really is.

I remember reading somewhere..haha, modern day scientist believe the entire area use to be an ocean, but I can't recall how they believed the rock was formed?... Sorry - looking at it, it looks a bit like super heated rock that at some point pushed it's way up, but don't quote me on that one :). I expect as the dirt is so red in this area that there is allot of iron in the soil, certainly if you look at the rock up close it looks a bit like it has rusty flakes in part.

There is desert and well defined paths all around the rock, so if one was inclined you can walk right around its base, it's about 10 km...a couple of hours walk from memory.

There are a number of people who climb the rock, but it is very slippery and dangerous and this has resulted in a number of deaths - if you have spent time with Australian Aboriginals you know they have some sensitivities around death and as such many locals have reasonable concerns around people climbing.

While Ayers rock (called Uluru by the local Aboriginals) is not off limits to anyone the entire area is important to those who are spiritually connected with the land.... If I remember correctly, there are a few areas of special significance to local Aboriginals in particular (some caves on one side). There are also a number of points of interest to visit, such as water holes etc that can be found easily walking around the base and there is plenty of signage so you can't get lost.

There are a number of.. odd looking shapes in the surface of Ayers Rock and if you look carefully you can make out what looks like angry faces I reckon.

..And that's it for my first travelfeed.io post - Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how I went :)


I hope you enjoyed looking at my photo's of Ayers Rock.

Please note any of my statements about the rock are from my own opinion and observations only. I look forward to posting about more adventures on the new travelfeeder.io app.

All the best and Steemon!


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Oh heart of my country! I still haven't gone and it feels like I can't be truly Australian until I do. Next year, red earth willing. Great photos!


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Cheers - Put it on the bucket list for sure, it's a bit of a drive from Alice but it's just something to been seen to believe at least once


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ryivhnn
ryivhnn @ryivhnn2 months ago

Please take care of yourself, others and the environment when visiting the area around Ayers Rock.

Shouldn't you be doing this anyway wherever you go? XD

Since I started budgeting properly and getting over some other (mostly mental) issues I keep thinking I need a travel fund to take the kids places (much easier now youngest isn't the terrifying handful he was as recently as...the last couple of years) and this is definitely one of the places I'd like to take them.

12yo doing school has put a massive dent in my plans though, turns out school is hella expensive >_< not to mention somewhat inconvenient as I want to be travelling during term when not too many other people are XD

there is plenty of signage so you can't get lost.

Watch me! XD

LoL nah seriously I'm not that bad and also there's a whopping great big landmark.


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It's a good place to take kids on a family trip as well - suitable for 12yo..Does get busy during school holidays, but yeah can start to add up as well as is touristy towns nearby..It's not somewhere you would stay long with kids and there are some good places with swimming pools that are kind of expensive, but with kids you'll need the pool.

Couple days outta school wouldn't hurt :)

Haha ...yeah the rock is the signage.


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Thanks for visiting and being respectful, not everyone is unfortunately. My cousins are Aboriginal and have worked in and around Uluru, some of the stories they tell of travellers are truly horrific! The national park around Uluru does get closed or sections of it get closed during certain ceremonies for the local Aboriginals, but it is open nearly all the time otherwise.

Climbing Uluru will finally be banned completely this year, very happy about that!


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No worries, would be interesting to read about some of their views on the closure? I spoke to a few around the rock and got very mixed views - but that wasn't unexpected, it's very controversial and with the whole 'capitalism tourist thing happening' there are a number of view points which seem to have nothing to do with traditions.

I hail from the South and was pretty much well born and raised in the bush, from the age of 4 I was out hunting and finding my grub. I spent allot of time with and around Aboriginal communities down this way and so that is reflected in my feelings for being respectful to the bush.

'As a bushman' from the South my view is not fully informed for a view on the Ayres Rock closure; I believe that when you go for a walk in the bush, a bit of wander, a walk about.. your not really looking to go anywhere, but will go everywhere - fence, oceans, mountain, time has little meaning... even rocks - they are not owned by anyone, they are just there. If you come across these things you walk through, over, on top...their is no offence to the land in doing so if you feel it's calling, it's a part of allowing yourself to discover the bush and it to discover you. There are a few exceptions, but the bush lets you know..

It would be a shame that people who live in the area and need time with the bush would...consciously avoid the rock, due it being marked by too many tourists and the behaviours of some idiots in my view. In the case of Ayres rock I reckon it should be local Aboriginals who live there that should hold the greatest say/view point as they are the ones most likely to be impacted and their future generations.

Where can you let go and find yourself deep in bush if you can't go everywhere?, going where ever you feel the need, you hear things and see things that you couldn't see if you were 'caged' from being allowed to roam free. I suspect most people would not get this view point, but that's mine anyways.

I hope it works out for the best for you cousins in the area and that their voice carries weight in the decisions to come.

Cheers


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