Uluru Australia, otherwise known as Ayers Rock, is one of the natural wonders of the world. It is spectacular to visit and a must see on any Australian Vacation.
There is so much more to the Ayers Rock Australia and I found this great video I wanted to share with you showing the beauty of it and the area around it including Kings Canyon and the Olgas.
In 4 days you can visit 8 spectacular areas of the Red Center of the country.
This video showcases a 4 day tour of Central Australia by Intrepid Travel. They go camping, hiking and experience nature in ways they didn't think they would. There are many ways to experience Uluru and the area other than hiking and camping. You will find hotels, and tours for every taste and budget. This video is great as in shows you the different areas to explore including:
All photos are from flickr.com by Masao.M
Many people dream of climbing it when they visit. I did not and in fact missed visiting it on the 2 times that I visited down under - More on that below. The number of people climbing has dropped significantly over the last 10 years.
The traditional owners of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park, the Anangu, don't want people to climb the rock as they don't want people to get hurt or die. They have great sadness as a culture when this happens. Also the climb signifies the traditional route for the important ancestors.
From a Distance
From a health and safety aspect, many people climb it and dehydrate due to the heat, or get hurt some other way. They will close the climb under the following conditions:
If you choose to climb make sure that you:
When I did an university exchange to Oz in 1995, I took an amazing one week camping tour from Darwin to Alice Springs. I didn't go to Ayers Rock however for a couple of reasons. One I was out of time as I had to get back to school. This other was that Uluru is a sacred ground for the Aboriginals, and I was in a "righteous" phase, and didn't want to offend the Aboriginal people of the area.
As I matured and did more research, I realized that what the Aboriginal people didn't want was for people to climb on Uluru. Culturally this is because of the spiritual significance of climbing it. Climbing it was the tradition of the ancestors of Mala men when they visited the rock. I felt who was I to take the same walk at these important men who owned the land.
I now regret not visiting it and will get back there one day. I will however not climb it. Just my personal feelings.
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