Ayers Rock

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7231615/Outrage-hundreds-tourists-flock-Uluru-banned-forever.html

As far as I’m concerned, the Pidginwhatever tribe can get knotted with their demands – it’s a national attraction, a major landmark and a tourist mecca – end of. Local services pull in big bikkies but of course, the aborigines in that part of the world want to cash in.  So the rock is suddenly sacred.

Having said that, I do see other reasons not to climb the rock, mainly health reasons. The sun when it comes up in the morning seems to leap from below the horizon, it hits that rock ferociously and if your water supply is too little, you’re in trouble.

I visited at dawn, maybe it should have been at dusk – you’ll see the halfway station – oh well.  There is also quite a wind sweeping over the rock, enough to knock the infirm off and that has happened before – the railing stops at the top.

Named after this chap:

And it really does change colour towards dusk – spectacular thing. Awesome land to explore, Australia.

7 comments for “Ayers Rock

  1. bobh
    July 11, 2019 at 15:18

    If whites can’t trek up Ayers Rock because it dishonours the aboriginals, then aboriginals should be made to stop wearing trousers and shirts as it dishonours white men.

    • July 11, 2019 at 15:34

      And drinking alcohol.

      • Mark Matis
        July 11, 2019 at 15:56

        Oh, they been making alcohol themselves for long time now!

        Of course, what they make ain’t quite as posh as scotch or bourbon or any other fine brew. But it suits them just fine.

  2. Mark
    July 11, 2019 at 16:50

    Would have thought there’s a pile of empties not too far away that’s bigger.

    Alternate tourist attraction?

  3. July 11, 2019 at 17:27

    I suppose it could be worse…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj5VMwfk93c

  4. Chuckles
    July 11, 2019 at 18:04

    It seems a shame to intrude on the privacy of the place, best just to stay far away and respect their right to wipe out an income source?

    Good to see them standing up for their principles, they’re often soluble in cash.

  5. July 11, 2019 at 18:14

    # Ah, wasn’t factoring US razzmatazz into a rock.

    # Aborigitibrew with the didgeridoo.

    # And what was it Adam Goodes said? “Remember whose country it is?” I notice the mussies say the same in the US and UK.

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