The journey to Ayers Rock or Uluru, was long. Hours from Adelaide on Bus Australia cramped up in tight seats, travelling through the night. Having drink and food at a full size restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Endless bush going on for hundreds of miles.
Stayed in Alice Springs one night and then another long coach trip to the great rock. Slept in tent city, a very cold night, despite the heat of the day, sat in front of a huge bonfire most of the night, in deep thought mode, talking to a Yank about life. A monolith placed in the flatness of the bush. A great experience, a great memory. These are digital scans of old fashioned hard copy photos. The year was 1991.
If you going to backpack around
Australia you have to go to Uluru !
"Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings."
"Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park."
"Uluru is one of Australia's most recognisable natural landmarks. The sandstone formation stands 348 m (1,142 ft) high, rising 863 m (2,831 ft) above sea level with most of its bulk lying underground, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 mi).
Both Uluru and the nearby Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) formation have great cultural significance for the Aṉangu people, the traditional inhabitants of the area."
"Uluru is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably when it glows red at dawn and sunset."
You can find out even more by going to the Wikipedia article on Uluru.
Stayed in the tent city near Uluru. Hot during the day, but very very cold at night !
Eucalyptus trees are the main trees of Australia. Commonly known as 'gum trees' because they exude a sticky substance when the bark is damaged. They've been referred to as 'snappers' because of their alarming habit of suddenly breaking in half with a big loud snap when they get to the end of their life cycle.
Uluru is a inselberg, (or island mountain) created by its tougher sandstone remaining whilst the rest of the landscape around it was eroded over millions of years. As to the age of Uluru it is estimated to be around 600 million years, which as you can imagine, is very very old.