Here we are the thing that i came for in Australia, that part not know and really mysterious and full of aboriginal history!
And for the first time of my year of travelling in Australia, i will sleep in those swags (for those who don’t know it this is a kind of sleeping bag with a bigger mattress inside and totally waterproof… so perfect for sleeping under the stars, hopefully to see the Milkyway)
After a few hour of driving through the desert from Alice spring, the first stop is Uluru!
Along this first article i will expose two of the most incredible rock formation in Australia. Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are the two major features of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
*** ULURU – AYERS ROCK ***
Uluru known as well as « Ayers Rock » is a massive sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory (NT). The closest big town is Alice Spring (far about 350km down south to AS)
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.
The sandstone formation stands 348m high, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km. Both Uluru and the nearby Kata Tjuta formation have great cultural significance for the Anangu people, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush food and the Aboriginaldreamtime stories of the area.
Uluru is probably the signature of the NT, and famous for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably when it glows red at dawn and sunset.
*** KATA TJUTA – MOUNT OLGA ***
Kata-Tjuta, known as well as Mount Olga, is located 25 km to the west of Uluru. In my opinion this rock formation is way more impressive than Uluru. In fact the 36 domes that make up Kata-Tjuta, cover an area of 21.68km2. The highest dome, Mount Olga, is 546m above the surrounding plain (198m higher than Uluru). Kata-Tjuta is less famous than Uluru cause the aboriginal try to keep these area clear of tourist since they use it for aboriginal ceremonies. The Anangu Aborigines believe the great rocks of Kata Tjuta are homes to spirit energy from the « Dreaming ».
*** LEGEND ***
The legend around those rocks are pretty well guarded secret. But a main story tells of serpent beings who waged many wars around Uluru, scarring the rock. Kuniya, the woma python, lived in the rocks at Uluru where she fought the Liru, the poisonous snake.
Thanks for reading my article! It’s such a pleasure to share those thing with you all