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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Australian vacation, days 9-10: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Ok, this post is huge. I just couldn't narrow it down because I have so many stories to tell about our 2 days in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

We arrived on Sunday afternoon and after we flew into a teeny tiny airport in the middle of nowhere, we were driven by bus to the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara (the resort is the town pretty much, there is nothing out there.)

And THIS is what $200 AUD (about $190 USD) a night gets you:

Then we headed out on a sunset tour of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Uluru, also know as Ayers Rock, is the more easily recognizable of the two, but Kata Tjuta is stunning in its own right and serves as a sacred sight for Aboriginal men. On the drive out (it's 45 km from the resort), we drove past this little guy, a thorny devil.

The tour stops at a photo viewing area. This vantage point makes it look so small!

Photos taken walking in (left) and out (right) of the Walpa Gorge. Kim is on the far right, annoyed that we are so far behind the group because I keep stopping to take pictures.

After the walk, we gathered at the sunset viewing area for champagne and a gorgeous view.

My point-an-shoot takes nice pictures, too.

The following morning, we woke up at the crack of dawn for a 6:00 am bus pickup for the sunrise hike around Uluru. I say sunrise, but it was 4 hours and 10 km long. This was our reward for the early wake up call:

There is original Aboriginal artwork all over Uluru, another sacred sight for the Anangu people.

Okay, so you see the shiny line leading up the slope on the right side? Look closely. There's a chain link leading up the side of Uluru- this is the climb location. You couldn't pay me any amount of money to walk up that! First, it is highly frowned upon by the Anangu- this is their sacred sight after all, and second, it's so dangerous! It's a "climb at your own risk" type of attraction. There's no guide, no harness, nothing. Yeah, crazy people do it. I personally loved the story of the man who climbed wearing Crocs during midday. The Crocs melted and he got second-degree burns on his feet and body from the heat of the rock.

This cave is located next to a "kitchen" cave and thought to be where the children played while the mothers cooked.

The photo on the left is at the water hole at the bottom of the water fall on the right.

Okay, Kim and I should be rewarded for making it 3 hours chugging water with no toilet. You see the handicap logo in the top left with the words Mala Walk? That's where we started. And walked clockwise. You see the toilet icon under the words Punu Walk on the far left? That's where the only toilets were. I know.

After our hike, we took a well deserved nap and later rented a car to drive back to Uluru at sunset. Kim's a fan of silly photos.

When the sun starts to set, it happens fast. The second photo was taken 14 minutes after the first and the third, 8 minutes after the second. It's absolutely stunning to see in person. The rock literally changes colors right in front of your eyes.

Kim made a comment on the hike about my obsession of photographing trees. I didn't realize the extent of this until I sat down to edit my photos. These are just a few!


Anonymous December 17, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

Kelly - these are just spectacular. Thanks for sharing your talent (and this amazing trip) with us!

- Holly

Sarah M. December 18, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

can i decorate my house with your pictures?

Anonymous December 18, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

You girls were not joking. That is one ginormous rock! Great pics.

Mimi July 26, 2010 at 1:31 AM  

Amazing picture!
I've always believe the Uluru rock to be a gr8 picturesque location, but I'm stunned to see what a professional can do ;)

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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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