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We leave the
hotel, the Outback Pioneer which is pleasant enough with a huge outside BBQ and
head off, by coach into the national park. Somehow I had in my head that you
could see Ayers Rock from everywhere, miles around but surprisingly no, you
have to go a fair way into the park before you come across it.
help but be in awe when you first see it shooting out of the ground in it's
flat surroundings. The immediate reaction is to take a hundred and one
pictures, all of which I’m sure would look the same, but never the less you are
at Ayers Rock!
Darren at Ayres Rock
The sun would
be setting in about an hour so we've still had time to make our way to the main
viewing area, not before knocking back the well received glass of red wine.
Once at the main viewing area the view of Ayers is amazing and with the sunny
slowly beginning to set behind me I felt sure that Ayers Rock will live upto my
It's at this
point, staring at this amazing monolith, that you release you are not alone as
you are soon joined by another few coach loads which is disappointing as
ideally as the sun sets on this magical rock
you feel that you should be in solitude. Also when you have a student saying to her boyfriend, “gee it's
just a rock”, you realise that this might not be the magically experience you
had flown half way around the world for!
until the sun is on it's final decent that all the people around you seem to
vanish as the mystical monolith starts to change from a dullish red colour to
the most amazing orange. It's almost as if it is reflecting the burnt orange
colour of the setting sun and as you watch you release Ayres is much more than
just a rock and why the local Aboriginal tribes worships it. Slowly the burnt
orange transforms into a dusk reddish grey and the sun finally vanishes into
the night sky, leaving just a silhouette.
Sunset at Ayers Rock truly lived up to my expectation, well worth the journey, one of
life much do’s!