Our vacation in Australia was about to end. It’s been a remarkable journey at this place and we cherished each and every moment of it. This was our last day to roam about and explore more of Australia, and we chose our next destination to be Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park. This national park is emblazoned as a World Heritage site by the United Nations owing to its exceptional widespread natural values, and also for its marvelous cultural values.
What makes the huge rock formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta truly remarkable is the fact that they rise from relatively flat sand plains. The place is situated in the Red Centre region of Australia. People come here to witness the impressive presence and the changing colors of sun rising and sunsets. Visitors also enjoy the camel treks all the way through the Kata Tjuta.
We reached the site only to see Uluru as a gigantic, round and red sandstone monolith extending to around 9.4 kilometers in circumference with a height of 340 meters. We also explored the Rock art of the caves that are present around the base. These are valuable testimony of the lasting cultural ethnicity of Anangu. We were astonished to see these so closely. Many people consider the place with spiritual experience, but for us, it was more of a visual appeal.
Most people climb up the rock owing to the respect they feel for the conventional owners and the Ranger walk proved as an expression of importance of Uluru to the Anangu people -in practical as well as spiritual way.
We all approved on a more leisurely pace and took a number of photographs of Uluru that expressed numerous colors- the fiery red and yellow tone of the Rock and the hues in the adjoining landscape. At a distance of about 32 kilometers towards the west of Uluru are located domes of Kata Tjuta. However, this area is sanctified with Anangu men’s law and, therefore, any elaborate knowledge of it is constrained.
We were careful to keep the water handy and our pace moderate while absorbing the beauty of this beautiful red desert.