223 - 2nd September 2006 - Ayers Rock


Before sunrise at Uluru


Chris at Sunrise


The rock turns a vivid red very quickly


Silhouette


Quite a lot of these captions may say 'Uluru' or 'Ayers Rock'


Uluru


Bright Red Uluru


Brighter still


The crowd


Very bright red rock


Sun risen


Chris and Pip at Uluru


Uluru


The outback


Our silhouettes at Uluru


Bright colour


It's still there


Close up


Cracks in the rock


We took lots of shots to show the changing colour


Uluru


as demonstrated by Pip


Warning! Kangaroos!


Speed bump hat


Marks on the rock show where it has rained recently


Those tiny dots are people climbing up the rock


This is despite the local aboriginies asking people not to climb their sacred rock


A view from the south of the rock


The other end


Sorry these captions are so concise


The pictures probably say a lot more than these words do


Holes in the rocks


Our car - We got a free upgrade as there were no economy models left


There are actually a lot of canyons and things to explore around Uluru


Some areas are sacred and you can't take photos - This isn't one of them I should add


Curves in the rock


Holes in the rock


There are a lot of stories attached to the rocks - This one was burrowed out by a giant mole like creature


Uluru


Tree


The aboriginies use the sap and some trees are marked with cuts


Cracks in the rock


Aboriginal cave paintings - Only about 100 years old but many of the stories have already been lost


The wave cave - The lady on the right was a park ranger who does free walks


The wave cave


These little caves are all around the edge of the rock


This area was worn away to crush grain


Inside one of the caves - They believe they were used as classrooms


The drawings on the wall are like an aboriginal blackboards


Along one of the canyons


Aboriginal art


Archway formed by fallen rocks


Close up of Uluru


It was very hot


The trees here are a little bare


There are two semi-permanant waterholes at the base of the rock


Heart shaped area worn out of the rock


More cave painting


The classic shot


From the sunset viewing point - You can see the layers of rock lined up


At Yulara - The Ayers Rock resort


The Visitors Centre


The pool at our hotel / lodge


The restaurant


Uluru from the viewpoint at the back of the hotel


Sunset behind Kata Tjuta