Uluru – Walk Around the Rock

After watching an awesome sunrise, we headed to Uluru to walk halfway around the base. Up close, Uluru was massive and its color was extremely vibrant. Perhaps all those postcards I’d seen didn’t use Photoshop after all?

As we walked around the base, several other people joined us. I think they must’ve been another Adventure Tours group. Along the trail, there were certain areas with signs posted forbidding photography of sacred Anangu areas. I found this a little ineffective, but what else could they do? There weren’t any security guards and I assume there were no hidden cameras, so it was a personal choice whether to listen to the signs or not.

The walk around the base was flat but a layer of small red rocks covered the ground making it hard to get a grip. Your feet would slide out or sink so it was actually a good morning workout trying to keep your balance.

As we completed the route, we got to the area that was the beginning of the Uluru climb. It was open now despite being closed due to high winds an hour ago. Many people from around the world come specifically to do the Uluru climb, like Mel from England and Christina from Germany who were on my tour. The local Aboriginal people, the Anangu, discourage the walk because Uluru is sacred to them. Again, it’s a personal choice whether or not you do the climb.

Now that it was open, Mel and Christina wanted to hike up Uluru. Jason wouldn’t let them because he said we didn’t have the time. Instead, they joined us for a guided walk with an Anangu man and an interpreter.

Personally, I wouldn’t have done the climb out of respect for the Anangu culture (and because the route was extremely steep and people have died falling from it). But, I think Jason should have allowed Mel and Christina to hike at least part of the way while we did the cultural walk. Climbing Uluru would’ve meant more to them than going on the guided tour.

On the tour, an Anangu man spoke to us in his language and was very succinctly. Then, the Aussie interpreter would translate what he said and speak forever about Uluru and the Anangu culture. It was as if the native man was just a showpiece to impress the tourists. It was really disgusting.

The Anangu man only spoke in his language, but it was clear he understood English when people asked questions. However, the interpreter would go through the charade of translating the question into the native language and wait for a response. For all we knew, they were talking about rugby teams or a popular TV show.

Slide Album: Uluru Base Walk
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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Uluru – Walk Around the Rock

  1. Kirs

    I really love these shots. Espeically the one with you in it. Scenery is so primitive. This looked like a great tour.

  2. KT

    It looks like you might me on the moon. Perhaps that’s why it’s so cold? Is there oxygen there? =;-)

  3. hemajang

    Love those rocks. Love the part about the Anangu man. Did you have a change to interact with the indigenous aboriginal people? Seems like they have not integrated into the white culture as well as here.

    Looking forward to your New Zealand posts. I don’t travel other than visits to Seattle and occasionally CA but NZ has always interested me and this was before the hobbits.

  4. KT again

    A TYPO! Argh! It looks like you might BE on the moon.
    (I sure hope not.) My apologies for the typo…

  5. @hema – I think most Aboriginal communities are mostly not integrated with the Western culture, which really shocked me. We didn’t have any interaction with any Aboriginal people except a few instances at cultural centers. It was odd how absent they were from society.

  6. Aunty Sanj

    It bugs me that people who love to hike don’t know their limits. I wonder how much HI residents have paid for the numerous rescues of hikers this year? Every time I log onto the S-A, there’s another rescue.

  7. Big Brother

    Nice pictures. Was that a Lake in one of them or a small pool? Couldn’t tell the size of it. I was wondering if they allowed people in there (probably not because of the area being sacred an all..)

  8. @Big Bro – It was a small pool and no one is allowed in there.

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