Please do not climb Uluru
We were specifically asked by the Indigenous People not to climb Uluru. In fact they say quite clearly “Please do not climb Uluru – it’s sacred to us” So we didn’t and we signed the petition to say we didn’t climb Uluru and we’re very happy with that.
Uluru Is A Sacred Place
The simple fact is that Uluru is a sacred place, one of the most sacred places for Aborigines. During the cultural tour at the Visitor Centre they made it very clear that it offends them deeply when people climb Uluru. After understanding their position and their reasons why, it simply doesn’t feel right to do so. We’re not religious ourselves, but that doesn’t mean you don’t respect those who do believe. You would be pretty outraged if someone wandered all over an Christian altar in a church or wandered into a mosque with shoes on, so why do people ignore such a simple request from the owners of Uluru to avoid climbing the rock?
It pissed us off royally to see people ignoring the request and making a tit of themselves on the rock. What made it even worse was that even though you can climb the rock if you really want to, there are times when it is closed for safety reasons – extreme heat being one of them. Once the temperature gets above 36 degrees c, it is closed for safety reasons and yet there were still idiots ignoring the National Parks signs saying “closed” and climbing it when we were there with the temperature hitting 39c.
It’s More Than A Large Red Rock
Uluru is a special place and there is something rather spiritual about it. When you take the time to listen to the stories of creation time from the Aborigines and why Uluru is such a special place for them, you do start to feel an affinity for them and their history. Goodness knows, recent history has not been kind to them but it is now believed that Aborigines are the oldest living civilisation on earth. This week, there have been new indications that they might have been around for nearly 70,000 years not 30,000 years as previously believed. Bear in mind that native Americans has only been around for 15,000 years and you start to understand the amazing history and incredible knowledge that the Aboriginal people have for living off the land and nurturing it to make sure that they live in harmony with it. Uluru was where they came for water, to hunt, to meet other tribes and to teach their children the ways of ‘men’s work’ and women’s work’. It is a place where they believe their ancestors still remain in spirit.
We marvelled at the changing colours of the rock throughout the day, gazed in awe at sunset, and walked a fair way around it in the heat. To see it close up, to feel it, to see and hear the stories come alive was more than enough to appreciate this place. There simply is no need to climb it to tick off another thing ‘done’ from your bucket list. It’s more important than that!
We Heard The Sound Of Silence
We also heard the sound of silence there. Actually it sounds like this “BZZZZZZZZ” from the gazillions of flies here! It is a deafening silence – there is simply no noise at all – apart from the flies! The $10 we spent for fly nets to cover our faces has been the best $10 we have ever spent! You cannot talk around here outside without them. But the silence is very special and reminds you that there are bigger things in this world.
The Stars – Where Have They Been All This Time?
With no ambient light and totally clear skies at night, you start to see the universe properly for the first time. I mean, really see it! One feels very small indeed…
If you ever get the chance to go to Uluru, then do go because it is a fantastic place but please do not climb Uluru – it’s too good for that.