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Uluru – The Day I First Laid Eyes on Uluru
After a 3am start to get to the airport for a 5am lift off to Uluru, we left the coastal humidity of Brisbane and flew into Australia’s heart – the Red Centre.
Peering down onto the scrubby outback and gouged channel country from 35,000 feet we flew over flooded Lake Eyre and sparkling salt pans until as the mid-day sun was reaching its zenith the soil colour changed from a bleached grey to rusty red, and… a tantalising first fleeting glimpse of Uluru came into view as we circled to land.
“There it is! There it is!” And with the excitement and anticipation of seeing a long lost friend – I beamed with delight. 🙂
There aren’t many iconic places you go to in your life, which prior to your visit, you’ve been bombarded with a giz’illion images forming impressions and expectations. Such places have a lot to live up to – Could Uluru live up to my high hopes?
It was mid-day as the air-plane doors opened and the black beating tarmac of Yulara airstrip punched me in the face. Stepping out onto the glistening silver staircase into the brilliant sunshine, the dry central Australia heat engulfed me.
My impatience wanted to get straight out there, but with a body recoiling from the oven I’d just stepped into, I retreated to some air conditioned comfort for a few hours allowing the sun to loose its edge as it lowered itself towards the horizon.
About 4pm, we ventured out making our way to the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park entrance – There’s a $25 fee that is valid for 3 days.
Within moments of entering the Park we pulled over to get the first (of many!) photographs ~ Our first sighting from across the plains (above)
I couldn’t wait to get up closer so zoomed in to see what I could see on my 3″ camera display!
However, no image (or pre-conception) can prepare you for the experience as you approach this monolith and first feel ‘the’ Rock’s presence!
Uluru has so many faces
…and array of colours as the atmospheric conditions and light perpetually changes.