I spent a few quiet days in the outback. I have a couple of great sketches of the Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Kjuta (The Olgas). Both rocks jut out of the ground within eye distance of each other and are equally impressive.
The climb was closed on the day I was at the foot of Ayers Rock. The driver really wasn’t in favour of people climbing. He didn’t say you can’t; however, there were some compelling reasons given about why one shouldn’t climb. And over time I would think this has been the reason the number of people going there to climb has decreased. A deal was made in 1985 to give the land back and in so doing, educating others about the sacred values is part of the deal. Not only is it considered sacred, people over time have been leaving an environmental impact on the rock–a white line.
Likewise, the one side of Uluru is photographed more often than the other–the side we all recognize. When we were travelling around the rock–the other side is sacred and we were told not to photograph it. The fine for one photo of that side is 1400.00. That is per photo.
I spent an evening dining under the stars enjoying the meal, and conversation. Well just what I can understand of Italian–two honeymoon couples from Italy, and my special chicken. So, I did not try the crocdile or kangaroo that were on the menu….another day.
I saw a couple of kangaroos wiz by while I was on the bus…they were so quick I have a photo of dust…I did capture a photo of another getting a drink while I was visiting Alice Springs. In Alice Springs I learnt about the School of the Air and the Flying Doctor.
The School of the Air delivers programming for students that are in the outback. The original schooling was done over the radio air waves. Now classes are delivered by state of the art computers and the teachers are in studio delivering their lessons while the students log in.
The Flying Doctor is just that. An emergency flying ambulance complete with everything necessary to keep a person alive until they can reach a hospital–this is also to allow people to live in the outback and have the opportunity for help if needed.