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Uluru, Australia – A Landmark of Culture and Awe

Landing in the outback and seeing Uluru with my own eyes for the first time is something I shall not forget in a hurry I tell you.  I had heard that photos do not do it justice and yes it is very very true. Uluru is a huge majestic sandstone rock rising up out of the flat desert in central Australia. The nearest town is 280 miles away (Alice Springs).

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One thing I must point out, some of you friends that know me will naturally be expecting me to climb it. I will not. Uluru has a large spiritual significance to the local Anangu people, with many sacred areas, and they do ask out of respect that people do not climb. Each day I am learning more about the Anangu people and shall share some of this in coming posts.  I am wholly respectful of their feelings and will experience the rock in awe without standing on top.

Day one we got up close to it and the wows kept on coming. Standing beside it and looking up you see the fine detail of nature’s work. The red stone shown in a vast array of lightings and its marks and shadows change as the sun passes round it. I couldn’t believe I was there.

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During the afternoon we had the honoured opportunity to watch some local Aboriginal art and craft being made right beneath Uluru itself.

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Then for the sunset came a huge experience. A trip by helicopter to take a flight by Uluru and see from above. I was speechless. Almost forgetting to take photos as I took it all in and caught my breath.

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Written by Paul Steele

Founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele

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  1. Awesome…had the privilege to sleep on top of Uluru years ago when it was still allowed:) we had many trips to Australia and that was one of the highlights. Travelled from Darwin down to Sydney in a black London Cab…through the Northen territory and Red centre..an amazing experience

  2. Ahhhhh! What an amazing place! I’m off to Australia in September and will be doing some travelling, this is definitely on my ‘places to see’ list! Simply beautiful.

  3. You are right I will never forget seeing sunset at Uluru. Sorry we missed going to the dinner under the stars. Maybe on our next trib to down under.

  4. Totally agree Paul, one of the most magical places I’ve been to. Amazing to see it close up and the detail in it which you don’t appreciate from further away.

    Would love to go back there one day.

  5. As an aussie I thinks it great to see so many people enjoying one of the natural wonders of this country and also the countryside in that area. Its makes you think because I have not ever been there myself but I have been overseas many times. Perhaps it may be time to enjoy what I have in my backyard.

  6. Paul,

    I’ll never forget my visit to Uluru. The “red rocks” are simply spectacular and you have captured their majesty so well. The helicopter vantage points are some that I’ve never seen before. They bring the breath-taking sites of Uluru to another level.

    Thank you and many blessings,
    Stan (aka @muz4now)

  7. Great blog. Brought back memories of when I was there a couple of years ago. I couldn't get over the scale of it either and the sunsets where just amazing. A trully wonderful place.

  8. I've been living in Australia for almost five years now but haven't been to Uluru! And it's my first to see photos of this monolith in these perspectives! So unique! I LOVE IT!

  9. Hi Paul, I agree with you: words and photos do no do justice to Uluru! It's an amazing feeling being there to treasure in your memories! I was there end of March this year for the second time and could think of going back a third time! 🙂 Every time it's always a unique and timeless experience!

  10. Paul I love the way you post such large sized pictures on your site! They're just incredible! I'm from Aus but am yet to venture into the red centre. After seeing these shots though….wow! I'll have to get there soon!

  11. I love the views from the helicopter, and the color of the rock… looks really magical, and respectable… I can only imagine the emotions of being there!!!

  12. Thank you, yes, It is hard to describe this experience. Photos do not do it justice and words neither. Being there is unbelievable.

  13. This is so amazing…. Stunning colors and such awesome views! Must be a wonderful experience and leave memories to never forget. Enjoy the rest of the trip 🙂

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