The Dead Heart or the Outback are some of the names for the savannah of Australia. Basically the entire center of Australia is considered the Outback. I went there last week for 4 days; took a plane from Sydney and rented a car to go around. I went to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas).
Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. The sandstone formation stands around 350m high, rising 860m above sea level with most of its bulk lying underground.
Uluru changes color at different times of the day and year. When it’s hit by sunlight, the rich color of terracotta emerges. At night the color changes to a muddy one I would say, at least when it’s cloudy. And when it rains a silver color, almost snowlike, covers the mountain. She was so huge, huge, huge! you can’t believe your eyes when you are in front of her. And there is nothing else around it, it is a savannah after all.. Makes you wonder how this rock ended up here.
Kata Tjuta, also called Mount Olga or The Olgas, lies 25 km west of Uluru. While Uluru is a form of sandstone, these babies are formed from rocks.
If you are in Australia, you must go and visit them. This place is really special! Take a look.
After landing in the afternoon, I went right away to Uluru to see this beautiful sunset.
Of all the four days including the arrival day, two days were cloudy. And on one of those cloudy days, my family and I took a walk on the backside of Uluru, where the waterhole is. Since it was cloudy, it was less hot… And look what I found…
Here I asked my mother-in-law to pose.. which she did very well.
All of a sudden a heavy rain followed by thunder storm came. We took cover in a rock shelter, which in the old times was used by Aborigines as a place to prepare for hunting. Below you can see what a fresh savannah looks like after rain. The rain coloured the sandstone silver. And to finish the beauty, the rainbow showed up. I took that as a good omen. Beauty.
Isn’t this just beautiful? The silver colored trees (this is because of the sun) against the grey sky.
I took a lot of photos, like thousands? Even the flies couldn’t distract me. The only thing I was so cautious about was the ground… to ensure I didn’t disturb the ecosystem (read snakes, scorpions, and the like). It is safe, we are in Australia! but there were times when I was left the path because of me rushing to chase the sunlight; there I saw some traces of snake on the sand, more than one. Of course in moments like that I curse myself for not watching enough National Geographic Channel on TV, to know what to do if you are face to face with an animal, or at least to understand the character of different animals. I am a city girl you see. I need a book of How-To to tackle things like this.
Anyway, it turned out ok, I found my way back again without upsetting the ecosystem. The only animal I came face to face with was a big lizard (a perentie) when I did a walk in Kata Tjuta. She walked elegantly and ignorantly while I almost stumbled.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
Have ever visited the Outback?