The National Park encompasses both Uluru and Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and the Olgas), significant rock formations that are geologically different yet are only about 18 miles apart. They are geologically interesting, but the true significance is how sacred these places are to the Aboriginal people.
It’s spring break here for children in several of the Australian states and families are on the move. Our Australian friends warned us that it might be a little crazy. They were right. In addition, the National Park will permanently close access to climb Uluru on October 26th. So, it is even more crazy. The park and its campground are flooded with hundreds of people from all walks of life and nearly every nationality. Everyone wants to climb Uluru before it closes. Out of respect for the wishes of the Aboriginal people, we will not climb it. Besides, there are way too many people on the dangerous slick route up The Rock.
All these people make it a little harder to do just about everything, but still, we have found ourselves in some special moments listening to an aboriginal elder share the sights and wonders he holds dear and on a Ranger lead walking tour about the ancestry and environment.
We’ve found special places and times to just sit, close our eyes, take a breath, and listen to the Rock and feel its spirit. Enjoy the photos; they tell the journey we’ve had despite the crowds.