It is not an exagerration to say that Central Australia is one of the
most incredible places on earth. One of the highlights is a visit
to Uluru, formerly
known as Ayers Rock. It is simply awesome.
The area is a National Park controlled by local indigenous people.
They have built a Rammed Earth toilet block with composting toilets.
The location is a long way from any city and facilities so needs to be
self contained. The beauty of the RE construction is that it is totally
in keeping with the earthy nature of the place.
Nowadays, the traditional owners request that people don't climb the
rock as it is a spiritual icon for them. I climbed it many years
ago before they made this request. I managed another visit in 1996
and I decided to respect their wishes, just as I would respect a request
not to climb on the altar at St Pauls Cathedral if I was visiting.
My wife is planning a family adveture to Uluru in July this year.
We shall see...
The alternative two hour walk around the base was exhilirating and
peaceful, away from the masses of tourists who do the climb. There
are also views, angles and ancient art that you miss otherwise. Am
I gushing? Visit and you'll understand why.
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