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Uluru – The Day I First Laid Eyes on Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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 a deep 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 couldn’t contain my delight. 🙂
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
There aren’t many iconic places you go to in your life, which prior to your visit you will have been bombarded with a gazillion 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.