Guest bloggers Maree Clout and Corinne le Gall begin a photographic trip through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Imagine picking up an autobiography, opening it up and reading “I was born, I lived, I died”. That would be interesting enough in both wittiness and uniqueness, but the reader would want to read more about the life of the author.
The same applies to writing about Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It would be easy to just say that there is one big rock and nearby there is a conglomeration of them. But that would not suffice.
To get the feel, the magnitude, the spectacle of it all, it has to be elaborated upon.
My fellow photographer friend and I were lucky to be able to undertake a road trip to this place of magnificence and huge traditional significance.
Fifty kilometres away on the Lasseter Highway that leads to these wonders, one catches the first glimpse of ‘the rock’, and a few minutes later Kata Tjuta comes into view. At this point, you realise that you are inching closer to your dream of seeing this wonder in real life.
To say we were just a little bit excited when we first glimpsed both these natural formations at that distance, would be an understatement. We just had to pull over as soon as we could (safely!), to imprint on our cameras’ cards, our first ever glimpse of Uluru. In old age, we will be able to go back in time!
What other country in the world can claim a rock as being a tourist attraction? All who inhabit this wonderful land dream of witnessing this unique national park at least once in their lifetime.
There are far too many facets to this park to summarise it. Its many walks, its meaning to the local Indigenous people, its scenery, its changing colours and moods, its photo-taking possibilities – each has to be tackled on its own.
We finally arrive at our accommodation, Ayers Rock Resort, formerly known as the Yulara Tourist Village, the only accommodation close to the spectacle – even that being 20 kms plus from Uluru. This resort caters for all budgets, from 5 star accommodation to camping in your own tent.
When we had settled in, we drove from the resort into the national park proper!
From this point you can stop off at the Cultural Centre for information, take a drive around the perimeter of Uluru, stop off at any of the track carparks, hire a bike and ride around the base, or if you’re feeling energetic, take the 10.6 kilometre full circuit on foot.
Stay tuned for more on all of those adventures!
Pictures by Maree Clout, Jervis Bay Through My Eyes