In 2016 I decided it was time I experienced more of our magnificent country. At the top of the bucket list was to walk the Larapinta Trail. Getting fit was a must. A hamstring avulsion in February 2017 meant a May 2017 Larapinta Walk was out the of the question. 12 months of rehab and here I am.
Not having been to the Northern Territory before I flew into Alice Springs early. On my first night in town I caught up with local dynamo Donna Digby who introduced me to the world most famous Vanilla Slice which we shared after dinner at Casa Nostra.
The first thing I learnt about Ulura was its a popular place at this time of year and its a must to book accommodation months in advance. not doing my research early enough I found myself unable to find accommodation and got around my naivety by booking an AAT Kings Tour.
Ulura is a cultural experience not to be missed. Everyone I met was inspired by the natural beauty and power of the land. It will open your hearts and minds to the enduring culture of the Anangu people who have inhabited this part of the world for 30,000 plus years
Sunrise at Uluru – The size of the rock let alone its beauty has to be seen to be believed
Kata Tjuta means “many heads” and with mine there were 37 the day I visited. It is a sacred men’s site for the Anangu people under their traditional law
I loved the diversity of the native vegetation – special favourites were the red river gums and the spinifex grass.
The Kuniya Walk is a short track to the Mutitjula Waterhole, home of the Wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. In the special times of rain, you will expereince magical waterfalls
Mutitjulu Waterhole- on my visit is was the awe inspiring colour mix of the rock formation that caught my eye. This truly is a special place
When travelling alone it helps to master the selfie – this is me and Mt Olga
My last night at Ulura was spent under the stars feasting on kangaroo and other delicacies at the Cultural Centre. The evening included a tour of the night sky. The weather didnt disappoint, nor did the Southern Cross and Milky Way
Please don’t climb Uluru – its a heartfelt plea many people ignore
What visitors call ‘the climb’ is of great spiritual significance to the Anangu people. As a guest on their land they ask us to choose to respect their law and culture by not climbing
‘This is a really important sacred thing you are climbing…. You shouldn’t climb. Its not the real thing about this place. The real thing is listening to everything. We hope the tourists will brighten up and say “Oh I see. This is the right way. This is the proper way: no climbing.”
I understand it has been decided for us by the government. NO CLIMBING – will also become Non-indigenous law in 2019.
The Kata Tjuta National Park is one of the great wonders of the world. Next time I will seek out a tour guided by the indigenous people and get a greater understanding of the Anangu people and rejoice that their culture is strong and alive.