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#RedRead at The red centre

March 23, 2016
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This month’s theme is #redread.  The red centre in Australia is an unforgettable destination.  We took an internal flight from Melbourne to Ayers Rock, picked up our hire car and drove to Yulara, a resort 14 kilometres from Uluru.  Our accommodation for two nights was The Lost Camel Hotel.

 

We got up early the next day to experience sunrise at Uluru which was amazing.  The play of light on the rock is dramatic, changing from terracotta to flaming red as the sun rises behind it.  I had always wanted to walk around Uluru so we embarked on the 10 kilometre red dirt path that surrounds it.  It was hot, windy and dusty, quite an inhospitable environment but worth it to see how the colour of the rock changes as the sun rises higher in the sky.  On our walk we saw rock caves, ancient rock paintings and surprisingly springs and watering holes.  It took about three and a half hours and we finished at 9.30am.  Even then the sun was so hot that it melted the sun cream off my face.  Temperatures can reach 47 degrees Celsius in the red centre.

Later on we went on a camel ride through the hot red sand while wearing a face net over our hats to keep the incessant flies at bay.  In the evening we dined under the starlit outback sky at the Sounds of Silence dinner.  We arrived just before sunset and were served canapes and sparkling wine on a viewing platform overlooking Uluru.  We watched as the rock changed colour through to the deepest red.  We then settled down to a bush tucker inspired buffet complete with the biggest insects I had ever seen which landed on everything!

Join us for a Twitter discussion on Tuesday 29 March using the tags #redread and #rwpchat so others can participate in the conversation.

(Monique, Surrey Libraries)

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