PERSONAL: ULURU AND KATA TJUTA
Uluru is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once. And for those living in Australia a weekend trip is sufficient time to pay homage to one of the world's most famous natural and spiritual icons.
I spent a weekend in the Red Centre recently, visiting both Uluru and neighboring Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. These giant rock formations dominate the skyline for miles and form the only landmarks against a surreal martian landscape of red sand, green shrubs, bright blue skies and white puffy clouds.
I stayed at the Sails in the Desert Hotel in nearby Ayers Rock Resort from where a number of excursions can be booked including the amazing Sounds Of Silence. This popular daily event starts just before sunset at a viewing point between Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Canapes (including kangaroo and crocodile) are washed down with champagne as the sun sheds its last light on the monoliths. Then an incredible outdoor buffet feast is served before a "startalker" gives a guided tour of the constellations shining so vividly overhead in the southern skies. It's magical and memorable and will certainly be a highlight of any trip to the Red Centre.
The following morning was an early 5am mark to head out for the sunrise at Uluru. It was tough start to the day after the wine tasting session the night before, but those that made the effort were rewarded with a spectacular sunrise and the famous bright glow of the red rock. And my special souvenir was a long exposure shot of the clouds racing overhead.
But if you decide to visit make sure you buy a fly net! You might look like a bee keeper but it will be the best $10 you ever spend!