Today I remembered a trip that I made a while ago to a beautiful and impressive place in Oceania. You've probably seen thousands of times that famous picture of an earth-red coloured mountain in the middle of a desert. This big rocky formation with such peculiar shape is the Mount Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. It is located in the north of Australia, in the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. It has 348 meters high and 9 km boundary.
It is one of the most famous icons of Australia, a sacred symbol to the aboriginal Australians. The main feature of this formation is its change of colour depending on the inclination of the sun, both during the day and during the different seasons. The most shocking moment of the day is at dusk, when it turns bright red. During the rainy season, the rock acquires a silvery gray tone with black stripes due to algae growing in its streams.
When you go visit it you will find the contrast of the blue sky against the earth-red colour of the mountain extremely thrilling.
- ’The place you are about to climb to is a sacred symbol for us. You should not do it. It is not the most important thing to do here. What is really important is to stop and listen. Be aware of everything around you. Listening and understanding. Please do not climb!’
- These are the words that aboriginal Australians use to receive and warn the traveller, however climbing Ayers Rock is after all still perfectly legal. Therefore it is your own decision.
- So? Do you still feel like climbing it? Then, take plenty of water and remember that it is only for very fit people, and many deaths have occurred in the past, not only from people falling, but also from heart attacks.
- Find a place where you can be alone and enjoy this experience that is sure to shake a spiritual reflection on you.
- Aborigines call it the navel of the Earth; they believe that is the source of everything they know.
- When William Gosse discovered the formation, he gave it the name of Ayers Rock after the Australian Prime Minister Sir Henry Ayers.
- It is considered to be the largest loose rock on the face of the Earth.