ULURU, famous for being a very big rock, but its not until you are driving through the gates of the Uluru–kata Tjuta National Park that you truly realise how massive it is. Photos don’t do it justice at all.
So everyone knows that its a massive rock, but what makes Uluru so special? Well here are some facts about Uluru, its a sandstone monolith in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, it is 450km from the nearest large town, Alice Springs. Thats a lot of desert in every direction!
Amazingly it originally sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348m above ground, but I think that one of the most amazing facts about Uluru and one of the least known is how there is about 2.5kms of its bulk underground.
So all of this sounds impressive but I think the reason why Uluru is so popular is the experience people have there, a lot of people say it is life changing and I have to agree with them. I went there on my own and apart from the flies, it was one of the most peaceful places I have ever been. Walking around the base of the rock while its still dark is a unique and special experience, the sound the wind makes as it blows through the trees that surround the rock and the isolation of the place is all very calming.
Uluru has been a spiritual home for the local Anangu people for thousands of years, it is were they lived their every day lives, its the place they told dream time stories and it is where they passed on thier culture. They went to school there and it’s where they learnt to live off the land.
As a photographer the area is amazing, the red sand that sparkles when the sun is low in the sky, as well as the colour changes of Uluru as the sun sets, even well after the sun has drifted beneath the horizon it still changes from pinks to purples and once everything has gone dark thats when the stars light up the sky. I have never seen so many stars before, its crazy!
Apart from buying a fly mask the biggest tip I could give you is to take in all the little details, every mark and carving on the rock, the way the changing light through out the day and afternoon change the look of the rock and the different moods, listen to the wind as it blows through the grass and shrubs that surround you. Soak it all in!
Take a guided tour around the base of the rock, the guide will tell you everything you need to know about the history and the cultural side of the rock, you will hear the creation story and how the native Anangu people lived around Uluru and how their community worked.
Now for the reason I went to Uluru, Taking photos and promoting amazing locations. I hope these following images of Uluru inspire you to visit one day, or that the remind you of the amazing time you spent there.
Feel free to leave comments and share your experiences at Uluru!
• Car Hire – There are car rental services at the Airport, if you look around you will get a good deal. Read more Here
• Accommodation – Outback Pioneer Lodge has a mixture of rooms and shared accommodation with great facilities. For those on a budget this is a great place to stay. Read more Here
• Helicopter Tour – PHS is who I went with and I highly recommend them! They have big bubble windows as well so you get the a great view. Read more Here
• Uluru Camel Tours – A great unique way to explore the area and Uluru. Read more Here
Below are some other good sites to check out that feature Uluru
Now I want you to come explore Uluru with me, through my eyes.
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