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ashbourne, United Kingdom
September 26, 2010
From journal Around Down Under
February 13, 2006
From journal 3 Days in the Red Centre
Cary, North Carolina
January 19, 2006
From journal Uluru – A Little Bit of Dreamtime
Sheffield, United Kingdom
February 22, 2005
The Olgas - known as Kata Tjuta to the aboriginals - is 36 domes and is believed to be a rock many times larger than Uluru (Ayers Rock). The bus pulled in to a park area, and we were allowed to walk up through the Olga Gorge, which most of our people did. The sheer walls rose above us, and the heat was so intense that we were glad to sit under what little shade there was on our return and gaze out at the red, barren landscape. The water we were advised to bring was now warm, but Gordon had some ice-cold water in the back of the coach which everyone was glad of.
By this time, it was time to make our way to the viewing area of the sunset to ensure a good view. On arrival, we were taken to a table laden with nibbles, such as vegetable strips, crackers, and dips, and each person was given a glass of wine - refills were available.
It was very pleasant out in the desert, sipping wine and conversing with other travellers whilst watching the rock change different colours of red as the sun set.
Then it was back to the hotel for an early night as we had a date with the sunrise in the morning.
From journal Tour of the Red Centre
There is a proper viewing area, but most people just stayed at the side of the road. I couldn't believe how many people there were, some were on the roof of a jeep, some sat on car fronts for warmth - it wasn't cold, but a wool jacket was nice.
After the sunset, we were taken to the rock climb, where one or two energetic people alighted to climb (the aboriginals consider Ayers Rock an ancient site and do not like people to climb it), the rest went on to walk AROUND the rock and look at aboriginal drawings and different rock formations.
We opted for the latter and were shown the waterhole at Mutitjulu which never dries up, ancient cave paintings, and told of aboriginal legends of Kuniya Tjukurpa, which is python dreaming and also learnt story of the Mala people who once lived at Uluru.
The next stop was Kantju Gorge - a sacred water hole and to find sand lizzards, which our driver said frequented the area and although we looked very hard, we never saw any.
The Aboriginal Interpretive Centre was the next port of call. Here we could have coffee and refreshments and wander round, looking at the aboriginal way of life. No photos were not allowed, as the aboriginals are very private people, although there were photos on the walls in the centre. There was also a shop with aboriginal crafts for sale, as well as books, postcards, and clothes.
Back at the hotel, we managed to buy a burger and a beer and relax at the poolside before the next leg of our journey.
by Heather F
Heywood, Victoria, Australia
September 5, 2000
From journal Australia's Red Centre