Friday, July 31, 2015

Australia is at the top of American’s Bucket List Dreams… as it
should be.
There’s the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains, the Bungle
Bungles, Sydney and… Uluru.

It’s not hard to see why Uluru is one of the great natural wonders
of Australia.
(Photo: Robert Wallace/Corbis)Named Ayer’s Rock by colonists,
Uluru is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Red Centre
desert - in the southern most part of the Northern Territory.

While I’d visited Australia a few times [full disclosure: I almost
married an Australian so had to make the trip several times, despite the
hellacious 24 hour flight], I’d never made the 1,000 mile, Sydney to
Uluru trek.
In my defense, I was busy meeting the at the time, soon-to-be-future in-laws
that never were.
But it has always figured large in my mind and was number one on my Bucket
List.
Related: G’Day Mate! How to Speak Australian It’s not an
Aussie selfie unless Uluru is in there.
 So when I got the chance to visit the Outback, my first stop was Uluru.
 Rising out of what seems like nowhere, Uluru is sacred to the local
indigenous nation – the Anangu - and believed to be about 700 million
years old.
While it seems massive, rising 1,000 feet high out of the ground, like an
iceberg, what you see is just the tip.
"It is a huge solid rock," my guide Ryan Clark, told me.
 "It is embedded in the ground.
Sometime about 300 million years ago it turned on its side which is why the
sandstone (stripes) look like they are going up and down instead of left to
right.
" 
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Empty Dually listed as a World heritage Site for both its cultural and
geological significance, Uluru went through a dark period starting in 1958,
when the government took it and the surrounding land from the Anangu people
and set up an air strip with motels directly next to the rock (on sacred
ground).
Tourists were allowed to climb Uluru, walking onto land that the Anangu
considered holy.
But, on October 26th 1985, the government returned the land to the Anangu
people – this year is the 30th anniversary of Australia handing
back the land to the indigenous owners - and the motels were moved several
miles away.
Today there are four resorts around Uluru, but at a respectful distance.
  Uluru is especially majestic at sunset.
(Photo: Mark Wassell/Flickr)
While people can still climb to the top,
it is discouraged due to accidents, death and the sticky fact that it is
disrespectful to the Anangu.
Still, up to 40,000 people a year try the trek.
"It is a western idea," Ryan said.
 "This need to try and conquer everything.
Some people will even try to climb it in their flipflops.
It costs a lot of money to rescue these people every year.
" 
Related: Traveling in Lawrence of Arabia’s FootstepsThe
mountain is so sacred as the Anangu believe Uluru is a creation beings.
When the world started – the land was flat and featureless.
The Anangu ancestors rose landed masses from the ground - and this mountain
is one of their ancestors.
Instead of climbing the mountain, I settled for a motorcycle ride on a Harley
Davidson around the six mile perimeter - because there’s almost nothing
better than sunset on a motorcycle.
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Australia is at the top of American's Bucket List Dreams… as it should be.
Come with us now to experience this awe inspiring natural wonder - without
the grueling 24 hour flight.
.
Uluru is especially majestic at sunset.
(Photo: Mark Wassell/Flickr)
While people can still climb to the top,
it is discouraged due to accidents, death and the sticky fact that it is
disrespectful to the Anangu.
Still, up to 40,000 people a year try the trek.
"It is a western idea," Ryan said.
 "This need to try and conquer everything.
Some people will even try to climb it in their flipflops.
It costs a lot of money to rescue these people every year.
" 
Related: Traveling in Lawrence of Arabia’s FootstepsThe
mountain is so sacred as the Anangu believe Uluru is a creation beings.
When the world started – the land was flat and featureless.
The Anangu ancestors rose landed masses from the ground - and this mountain
is one of their ancestors.
Instead of climbing the mountain, I settled for a motorcycle ride on a Harley
Davidson around the six mile perimeter - because there’s almost nothing
better than sunset on a motorcycle.
 Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
 Watch World traveling club Travel’s original series "A Broad
Abroad.
" 
Australia is at the top of American's Bucket List Dreams… as it
should be.
Come with us now to experience this awe inspiring natural wonder - without
the grueling 24 hour flight.

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