A MUST FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST: ULURU, AUSTRALIA
Pardon the pun, but you must be living under a rock if you’ve never heard of Uluru. Located smack bang in the middle of Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory of central Australia, Uluru is home to the local Anangu tribe. An extremely sacred site, the Anangu tribe have been calling Uluru their home for tens of thousands of years. Now if this hasn’t already got your interest soaring, here are 14 reasons why you need to. 1. Uluru is the biggest rock in the world. Like really massive. And it measures 6km long under ground. That’s really long. And big. Get it?
2. If you are an Australian, I believe it’s sacrilegious not to visit Uluru at least once in your lifetime to pay your respects to the traditional Aboriginal landowners and their most sacred site, Uluru
3. Watching the sun set on Uluru is like nothing you’ll ever see or do again on Earth. The same goes for sunrise. It’s insanely spectacular and will literally take your breath away. Which you will get back, eventually.
4. The rock measures 9.4km in circumference which you can casually walk around in a couple of hours. So you are not only visiting the biggest rock in the world, you are also burning calories.
5. There is a part of Uluru that looks like a heavy wave at Teahupoo. In fact the Anangu people fondly refer it to as the ‘wave cave’. So rad.
6. Yes you can climb the side of the rock if you want to. But don’t. It’s disrespectful. Many tourists have been doing this for years and it has left what Anangu tribe call the ‘tattoo of the rock' from erosion. You can even see this 'tattoo' long distances from the rock. Not cool. Plus the rock climb a super steep and super unsafe. A couple of hundred people have died falling off it over the years. And I choose life. So simply enjoy it from terra firma.
7. The weather is always sunny and hot at Uluru. Therefore it rarely rains. Well, except the time we were there. Of course.
8. It’s a World Heritage Site and there is more to the rock than meets the eye; there are springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings
9. You could easily trek around the rock yourself – but there is nothing better than seeing the rock with a tour guide who knows the area and the Anangu people. Exploring Uluru with a tour guide is also great on sunset because they prepare your dinner and let you watch the sun set on Uluru with a beer in hand.
10. The flies can get quite gnarly so you can easily buy a fly net to stick over your hat that will save you incessantly swatting them away. Winning. The flies can get quite hectic and your arms will feel like windscreen wipers in a rainstorm so getting to wear a fly net on your head without looking too much like an idiot is awesome.
11. If you do book a tour, you will be shown what markings in the dirt the indigenous people used to communicate with each other. There is one marking that I thought looked like a pair of boobs. Evidently not.
12. You can visit the Anangu cultural centre where you will find out the real Aboriginal legend behind the formation of the rock. I’m not going to spoil it for you now. You’ll just have to visit Uluru for yourself.
13. You can stay a night or two or more in campgrounds surrounding the National Park, so you get to sleep in a swag under the stars. Bliss.
14. You get to wear clothes like Steve Irwin.