Friday, May 17, 2013

Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Our day started very early with a drive out to Uluru to watch the sunrise.
The clouds came over a bit but it was still pretty good.

Sunrise
Then after breakfast and a bit of a rest we headed off on the 45min drive to Kata Tjuta (formerly known as The Olgas). Kata Tjuta means Many Heads and that is exactly what it looks like from the distance. But when you get up close the rocks are unbelievably high and very imposing. I wanted to attempt one of the walks, but wasn't sure if I would be able to. I decided to try the Walpa Gorge walk that was rated a Grade 3 - moderate walk - 2.6km return. Now I am not a fit person at all and usually start a walk and give up. But I started and even though it was very rocky and uphill, I just kept saying to myself You Can Do It. After about 35mins I reached the end of the walk that was deep in the gorge. The walk back seemed to come even easier to me. By the time I got back to the car I was bursting with pride for myself. I did it and I didn't give up before the job was completed. They say the Kata Tjuta is a very sacred spiritual place. At first I thought I didn't find it spiritual but then after finishing my walk I thank this sacred place for showing me
I can do anything if I just put my mind to it.
 
Kata Tjuta in the distance - Sunrise

About half way up Walpa Gorge

Reflections of Walpa Gorge