Seeing Ayers Rock certainly IS on the bucket list for me. I have never been to the Northern Territory, but would love to go. I think it is pretty important to see your own country, as well as going overseas. My husband and I are talking about going to the Northern Territory, possibly on the Ghan in a few years. We have a few trips planned before then. I haven't climbed Ayers Rock because it is illegal to do so. This is Aboriginal sacred ground. When I do go, I will just admire it from ground level !!
Oh! Lluxi.....it's not ILLEGAL to climb it! The locals' make MONEY out of tourists' climbing it, & they're not about to stop doing that, as it funds their 'lifestyle', so to speak.
They've NO 'legal power' to enforce people not to climb it!
If it was. Now I would respect the cultural and environment aspect. But I have climbed Ayres rock when it was aloud and now feel verty privileged and a great experience it is one experience I will treasure forever now
Have flown around it, in a DC-3, piloted by NT's first qualified female Pilot. That is the best way to see it, & to be impressed by its' size.
The Geology interests me more than anything.
Through those processes', over Millenia, it's actually on its' 'side'! There's an absolutely huge amount of it underground, comparable to the nature of an iceberg.
The Rock is composed of Arkose, so too, are the 'Olgas', not that far away from there.
For safety reasons', I didn't climb it, but hubby did, & said it's very scary traversing the part with NO chain to hold on to!
We were there in 1979, having travelled to 'The Alice' on the 'Old Ghan'.
We've since been on the 'New Ghan', to there.
Both trains' were a fabulous experience!
It's actually called Uluru now, the name given to it by the traditional owners of the land. I hear they request that people not climb it, so personally I wouldn't because I think that's kind of like trespassing in a church or other place that is sacred or special to someone else's culture. I hear it's very beautiful to look at though. I might go and see it one day.
When I was 15,we did a truly incredible and also educational trip by coach,with school, which included so many marvellous and magical places.Ayers Rock,now refferred to as Uluru, was the highlight of the trip for me,though I did enjoy The Olgas and also Cooper Pedy.The 5 mile walk around the base of 'Uluru',which even allowed us into many spectacular caves, was so memorable and I will never forget it as long as I live.It was a genuine privilege to see such treasured aspects of extremely early aboriginal ancestors
and I am one of the especially lucky ones to have done this,as well as climb even PART WAY up this monument which means so much to ALL Australians. I was in total awe the entire time we were within the lands which now have been returned to its rightful owners.We had wonderful indigenous guides even then, explaining all the various landmarks,as well as the legends and meanings behind the artwork and symbolism which was to be so easily seen and accessed back then. I am humbled to know that I have been 'up close and personal' to such a phenomenally important place while under the guidance of those who respect,know and understand it so perfectly.I learned so much about Aboriginal Culture from that journey,and though I do feel it is a pity that it is not as completely accessible as it used to be, I also fully comprehend the whys and wherefores behind these rulings.It makes MY visit all that much more precious to me. The other aspect of this stupendous place is how the colours appear to change during both Dawn and Dusk.Until we have actually seen this for ourselves,no record on film of it can fully prepare us for the spirituality as well as the immense beauty and peace to be found here.
Yes, I have been there, 20 or so years ago. It was immense & an awe- inspiring place up close! But it had (to me) an infinite spirituality I could sense deeply & will never forget. Climb such a deeply spiritual place? I couldn't have done it if my life depended on it. We walked almost all the way around the base except for the prohibitive area of special cultural significance. Magnificent, wondrous place & one which should be a "compulsory visit" to Aussies. Go.
Yes I have been to Uluru,the forst year of marriage,I tried to climb it but couldn't,I did enjoy my time there even tho temperature reached 40degrees,it is a really dry heat and it was New Years, and also the place was very expensive,so we used to shop at the supermarket and that was over 20 years ago it would be even more expensive now,and we stayed in the backpackers quarters.