|Driving toward Uluru|
|The Masons at Uluru|
|The first wild camel we have seen on our trip|
When we got to the cultural centre, we had a look at some of the exhibits, and then in the art gallery the kids each bought themselves a wooden lizard as a souvenir.
|The kids with their Aboriginal Art Lizards|
|Mike and the kids a few metres up Uluru|
We then did a short walk into a small gorge on the side of the rock, before driving round to the other side to do another short walk.
Uluru is an amazing place to visit so unique. By this time it was starting to get late so we headed back to the sunset viewing area to watch the rock change colours as the sun set.
|Josh, Natalie and Sam in front of a wonderful sunset at Uluru|
Wednesday 1st August. After a bacon and egg breakfast we did school in the morning and drove out to the Olgas (Kata Tutja) after lunch. We drove to the valley of the winds and did the walk up to the first look out. Even though it was a cool day it was a hot walk through the red domes. After the walk through the valley of the winds we drove around to Walpa gorge and walked up between huge towering domes. On the walk, we spotted our second wild camel near the base of the Olgas. We walked to the end of the Walpa Gorge walk and had time a bit of time on the platform before busloads of other people arrived.
As we were
walking back to the car we unexpectedly ran into Mike’s Aunty, Elizabeth. Aunty
Elizabeth and Uncle Ian live in New Zealand, but were in Uluru for one day so it was quite amazing that we
ran into them. Mike organised to meet up
with them later that night and so they hopped back onto their tour bus after a brief chat. After leaving the Olgas we had a quick look
at the sunrise viewing platform on the drive back to the caravan. Later that
evening, after dinner, Mike went over to Ian and Elizabeth's unit for a cup of
tea and a chat.
|The Olgas (Kata Tutja)|
|On the Valley of the Winds Walk at the Olgas|
|Liz, Natalie and Sam resting on the Walpa Gorge walk|
|Another Camel - this time at the bottom of the Olgas|
|The view of Uluru from the Olgas|
Thursday 2nd August – We tried to get going early on Thursday because we wanted to walk around Uluru (which is a 10.6Km walk) and we thought the kids would be freshest early! We got to Uluru at about 10am and Mike decided he would do the climb to the top whilst Liz and the kids started the walk around the base. It took Mike about 1 ½ hours to climb up and back (and it was a very steep and arduous climb!).
|Part way up the climb to the top of Uluru|
|Josh on the walk around the base of Uluru|