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  • Uluru - from the ground

    Posted by EDrury46 January 17, 2013 - 1,108 views - 0 comments - 0 likes

    Uluru, also known as Ayres Rock, is one of the most iconic sites of Australia. It stands at 348metres - to put it more simply, that's the same height as the Marina Torch in Dubai (79 stories) - and has a circumference of 9.5 kilometres. That makes it impressive enough to begin with, but there is far more to this 'rock' than that.



    Uluru is considered sacred land to the Aborigines, who request people don't climb it, a request made both due to its sacredness and due to the number of deaths caused from the climb each year which the locals feel 'responsible' for. Some tourists find this request an odd one, especially when many travel thousands of miles to climb Uluru, with it often being on people's lists of 'things to do before they die'. However, I know, from experience, that even the sight of Uluru from the ground is just as impressive and majestic.


    Watching Uluru at sunset and sunrise results in seeing the rock turn some truly incredible shades of red and orange. It is almost as if you're watching a National Geographic broadcast in HD, the colouring is so unbelievable! The walks around and nearby Uluru are spectacular as well. There is always plenty to see, and you never know what wildlife you might discover as well. That is the real beauty and adventure of being so far removed from more populace and town/city-esque places - the possibilities of seeing wildlife are much greater, and even then, you get to see creatures in their natural habitats undisturbed by traffic and people. Walks over to Kata Tjuta are also possible, and just as worth it as walks around Uluru are. From each, you can see the other landmark.


    It's not for me to say whether or not tourists should climb Uluru, but I've come to the conclusion that I don't think people miss out by not climbing it. It is infamous for being a challenging climb, and when you can view the rock itself in all its glory from the ground and even from long distance, the question comes to mind as to why not just stay on the ground and view its magnificence from there?


    When I went, I found that the Aborigines and tour guides were very happy to talk to me about their ancestry and Uluru's history and significance. It was the best kind of history lesson I've ever had: interesting, heart-felt and from the people who really 'know' and appreciate their land, history and culture.


    So, go, explore and discover Uluru from the ground - it's safer than the climb, there's plenty to do, and I promise you, you won't regret it.