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    Once again I did not allow myself enough time at this once in a life time experience. When I explained to some people about my time in the outback they took the position that the outback had been turned into an amusement park. Nothing can be farther from the truth. The park services has taken precautions to not infringe on the natural eco-system and the culture of the indigenous peoples. The heat was oppressive, but if you know that going in you can prepare for it. If your into challenging yourself; you can get much out this part of the world.

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    Simply incredible. Horrified to find that people still climb up and down this beautiful landmark. The sunsets and sunrises were breathtaking. Once in a lifetime trip which i will never forget.

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    Very informative, and nicely laid out, although the Aussie bloke doing the voice over for the videos was hard to understand even for Australians! The art shop was full of beautiful things and the book full of ‘sorry stones’ was very interesting.

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    We visited the ROCK a few years back … in our Camper .. (Zoe 89) .. it was all pretty good … but what made the ROCK spectacular and beyond words .. it had rained overnight, mist covering over the ROCK in the morning, great view .. but the water falls down every crevice … one of the greatest sights I have ever been privileged to see !! NOTE .. 3 photos at end photos under heading of “Google User” At a later date, July 2013 … The ATT Kings day tours …,,, This area is worth seeing. But NOT on a day trip. Friends recently took the day trip from the Rock to Kings Canyon, but was only TOLD when they got there that they (only 55 years of age and healthy) should not do the Canyon walk, they would only have 3 hours there. They were keen photographers. If they had known that before they would not have gone. One needs to stay at least a couple of nights, so that one can do the Canyon walk, leisurely. It is one of the most brilliant areas around. The Gorge walk, though shorter is great. The helicopter flight was again something different. DON’T be “short change” yourself, make sure you take time an enjoy it. P.S. My wife and myself have been there !!

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    I’ve visited Uluru twice, once in 1990, and again in 2009. On that more recent trip, when I stepped out onto the tarmac at Ayers Rock Airport at midday local time, the first thing that struck me was intense colour and light. Glowing ochre earth, blue sky, pearl white ghost gums – and Uluru itself in the distance, dusky pink. Uluru, an iron-rich sandstone monolith arising from the heart of Australia, is sacred to the indigenous traditional owners, the Anangu. It tells their stories, it shows the actions of the Spirit Ancestors in their violent conflicts during the Dreamtime, displaying evidence of their falls, their spear-thrusts, their lost shields. Uluru itself has a strong, brooding presence, which you begin to feel as soon as you see it, and which grows as you approach and gaze. It speaks with its changing colours, amber, fiery red, deep brown, depending how the light falls upon it at different times of day, and its knife-edge shadows and fissures, flaking surfaces, indentations, pockmarks, wave-like effects, and most outstanding of all, the skull formation. On another level, it almost seems like a giant plasticine model which a giant has pressed his fingers into or dragged a comb down, or stippled and stabbed with a palette knife. We caught the shuttle from the Yulara resort, planning to do the base walk. On the 9.2 kilometre trail around the Rock, it was evident that the number of fenced-off sacred areas had been increased since my last visit, pushing the path further out. And yet despite this, a walk around Uluru is full of marvels. The trees and shrubs are all much greener than you might imagine – the wattles, the fig trees, the desert bottlebrush. The aboriginal cave-paintings fill you with wonder, every experience defeats your expectations – none more so than the Mutitjulu Waterhole. We came upon it unexpectedly, tranquil and mysterious, the Rock’s multi-dimensional character reflected in its quiet waters.The feeling I brought away with me after walking round the Rock was almost that of walking round a great and beautiful cathedral, imprinted with the devotion of many centuries. I can well understand how the Anangu revere the Rock, which has taken on an awesome spiritual power from the thousands of years of sacred ceremonies and teaching and story-telling centred upon it. For me it is another of my places of inspiration: a vist here allowed me a deeper insight into the meaning of the aboriginal culture, enriching my own understanding. I wholeheartedly recommend a visit there, for keen travellers. Uluru is like a jewel at the heart of Australia. The visitor facilities are also excellent in every respect.