Uluru and Australia’s Outback
A place of rich cultural history and unique artistic statements. Australias red centre is the perfect weekend getaway whether you’re coast is the east or the west.
Uluru is a symbol of indigenous culture across Australia, and a symbol of Australia right around the world. Situated within the town of Ayers Rock in Australias Northern Territory, Uluru is in the centre of the country. It is surrounded by nothing, with with crazy hot temperatures during the day and crazy cold temperatures during the night. You are officially in the dessert, the flies are like nothing you have ever seen and there is nothing but royal red sand for miles to see.
Uluru at sunset is a must do on your first night in Ayers Rock. As seen above Uluru gets redder and redder as the sun slowly sets and then suddenly turns brown as the sun moves behind the curvature of the earth. If you stick around after the sun goes down, Uluru will eventually disappear into the darkness and the show will turn to above. Climb up and lay on the roof of your car, and get ready to witness the rawness of our solar system. With almost zero light pollution in Australias outback, Ayers Rock is one of the best places in the world for both beginner and and seasoned star gazers alike. The Southern Cross and Orion visibly light up the nights sky, alongside a group of stars known in Aboriginal stories as “Seven Sisters”. The Seven Sisters is part of an indigenous story line in which the hunter Wati Nehru chases the sisters from the east to the west coasts, until the sisters finally find safety in central Australia. An incredible example of rich indigenous Australian culture.
Late in the night as you make your way down a dark dirt road, you are moments away from being mesmerised by 50,000 spindles of lights that await you. Uluru’s field of lights created by the incredible talented Bruce Munro will have you playing around with your camera settings trying to capture the colours as they glow beneath the stars.
As you walk through the field taking either the long route or the short route, your head will be turning and your camera will be flashing. Take it slow and stay relatively quiet. Think about the message Munro is portraying as you make your way through, and how that message relates to you.
Unknown to many, Australia is home to more camels than Egypt and the majority of these camels can be found in the countries outback. Riding a camel should be on everyones list when heading out to Uluru. The adrenaline sensation as the camel lurches forward and the the feeling of tradition as the group travels through the Australian desert in a photo perfect line is pretty incredible. Uluru Camel Tours do an awesome bonding with and riding your camel experience, in which you spend time caring for and bonding with your camel before jumping up and going for a ride. They get quite busy during peak tourist season but it is an experience 100% worth doing.
Whether it be biking, helicopters or even stars, there is something for everyone on a weekend getaway to Ayers Rock. Experience the incredibleness of Uluru at sunset and ride a camel through the desert, eat a proper Aussie barbecue, enrich yourself in indigenous culture and bring home a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
It may be hot, it may be dusty, and it may be swarming with flies, but Uluru and the Australian outback should be on everybody’s getaway bucket list.