So our alarms go off at 4am and it’s pitch dark outside. The others were less then impressed about our early start but perhaps that was because they were used to Australian time and 4am was early for them. I, on the other hand was still on English time so 4am in Australian time was about 6.30pm in the evening, so it’s safe to say I’d caught up on sleep.
After breakfast we loaded back onto the coach to make our way to Uluru for a 5.15am sunrise at the viewing platform. I was in awe at how beautiful Uluru wad in the morning sun. It was definitely worth getting up in the dark to witness such a beautiful view. We got some great pictures then we made or way to the base of the rock to start our 10km base walk.
Ricky our guide had told us the whole walk would take about 3 hours so it was best to start as early as possible, to be finished before it got too hot. In spring, tempuatures can reach highs of 37°C which is what we would be facing if we weren’t finished before lunchtime.
We started at the base of the Uluru Summit Walk, which is on the western side of the rock. We walked clockwise around Uluru and Ricky told us info about the rocks formation and some Aboriginal stories as we walked. He also told us there were some parts of the rock that were not allowed to be photographed ad they are considered sacred sights by the Aboriginal people.
The Aboriginal people believe the markings on Uluru were formed many years ago and each of these markings have stories of their creation.
There were 4 Aboriginal stories which they were accredited to tell us.
– The Blue-Tongued Lizard Man
– Liru and Kunia
– Kurpaanga, the evil spirit dingo
– The Seven Sisters
After our tour around Uluru we headed back to the bus to make our way to Ayers Rock Resort for our free afternoon. Some of us had optional activities booked. In my case I was headed back out to Uluru on a Harley Davidson.
We were picked up outside the resort on our Harleys and we’re taken back out to the rock. Speeding along the highway through the outback was just as much fun as I thought it would be! The engines roared, the wind made us feel like we were flying and if course what better place to tear up the road on a Harley. If I had to choose one word to describe this feeling, it would be epic!
After a short stop at the viewing area for more photos, we headed back to the resort.
Seeing as we still had the rest of the afternoon to ourselves a few of us took the shuttle bus into town to catch a cultural dance show on the green. The group were called the Waka Getti Cultural Dancers. They were a good laugh and even got the crowd up dancing. They gave us a brief history on the dances and explained that each dance tells a story.
When the show had finished we had a wander around the town for some souvenir shopping and took the shuttle back to the resort to get ready for dinner.
After dinner a few of us were heading out on a stargazing walk. We were met by our stargazing guide Jason and we walked from the resort out towards the outback where there were no ambient lights to disturb the view.
It was so quiet. The crickets chirping, and the warm evening breeze really made me feel like I was happily lost in the middle of nowhere with nothing but stars to light my way. Billions of stars over head, scattered throughout the night sky was truly beautiful.
Jason pointed out a few constellations and done planets that were visible. He showed us the Southern Cross, and explained hope we could use it to find true South. He also told us how some of the stars got their names, how far things were from us, how big the would be compared to the earth, how Aboriginal people used the stars not only for navigation but as a calendar for their seasons. It was definitely one of the highlights of the outback.
When the walk had come to an end we headed back to bed for another early start, although I could have quite happily slept under the stars.