Thursday, 5 March 2015

365 days later.

A year ago today I boarded a very little plane and flew from Sydney to Alice Springs for what would turn out to be two of the most incredible days I have ever experienced.

I think it's fair to say that when people think of the outback they just picture Uluru but what lies just a few kilometres away from it is perhaps even more incredible. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are a group of huge rock formations that were formed in a very similar way to Uluru. We spent the first afternoon in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park trekking our way through them and taking in the stunning and unusual scenery (while also trying to ignore the fact that it was 37 degrees!)

I've seen many beautiful things in my life, but nothing quite compares to the stars that shine over Australia's desert. We slept outside on the sandy ground in swag bags underneath the biggest, brightest sky and waking up at 2am and opening my eyes to see what felt like the whole of space will be an experience I will never forget. I don't have a picture of them because it wouldn't even remotely do the real thing any justice. 

People had told me that at sunset Uluru (Ayres Rock) works its way through many different colours and they weren't wrong. Beautiful doesn't even sum it up (but again a photo barely does it justice.)

The whole landscape in fact is just stunning as the sun starts to go down.

We took all the obligatory tourist pictures we needed to and just settled down to watch the light show.

After another night under the stars we got up super early and raced back over to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to get in place to watch the sunrise. Not expecting it to live up to the beautiful sunset from the night before Uluru pulled out all the stops and blew me away.

Rather than the rock itself changing colours this time the sky worked its way through every colour imaginable. We sat as a group and ate breakfast in silence just watching the view change until it was time to go and get some of us to the local airport.

The short drive to the airport was so beautiful it was hard to get on the plane and head back to normal life in Sydney. But we said our goodbyes to the rest of the group and made our way back over the desert to the city that stole my heart.

Please excuse the gushy feeling of this post but I don't know what is was about Australia, but I never quite got over it and don't suppose I ever will. 


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