Australia’s best kept secrets continually surprise us. There’s always a lot to explore and more to discover from the Land Down Under. The urbane structures in the uber popular Melbourn. The iconic Opera house in Sydney. The immaculate beaches of Bondi and Whitsunday Islands. All of those shopping locations and national parks, of surfing sites and rainforests- Who would even get tired of these major attractions, that appeal millions of tourists from around the world, right? Yet there’s always something immaculate, somewhat refreshing, when the images of the Australian outback are depicted. Most especially when the world-famous, beautifully sculptured, crimson-coloured monoliths found in the Northern Region are described. It’s not only due to the beautiful fact of how well Mother Nature placed this natural wonder on the Australian grounds, but these landmarks also captivate us in a deeper way due to historical inclinations.
Serving as the focal point of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you could go on for hours catching a glimpse of the fiery Uluru. This prominent Australian jewel transition its colours from orange to red, to blue then purple, amid the vast Australian outback. The cultural significance of these immense rocks makes this UNESCO World Heritage Site even more special. The Anganu people who traditionally inhabited the area treat Uluru with ardent sacredness. They do not only conserve the area and safeguard it from the negative effects of tourism, but they passionately preserve and revere its inviolability. It’s uplifting to know that the next generations will get to have their chance to see the glorious beauty of this rock formation. The Aboriginal tour guides also provide excursions around the place which also serve as an educational journey where visitors hear the tales of the area, learn traditional bush foods and to explore the natural world of plants and animals. The most amazing part of this trip happens during the golden hour, while the tourists are comfortably seated for a sumptuous gourmet dinner. It is here where the transformation of colours unfolds right before their eyes.
A regular trip or a supported holiday at Uluru doesn’t only mean fulfilling your travel wish list, but there’s also a manifold of outback jaunts to explore on like the ones below!
Wadlata Outback Centre
Have an amazingly interactive outback experience and historical exploration at the Wadlata Outback centre! There are so many attractions that you don’t have any choice but to simply have an awesome time! Kids and grown-ups alike get to discover more about fossils, the history of the early settlers, and so much more. Retail therapy fans are also guaranteed of a superb time at the Wadlata.
Woomera Rocket Launching and Bomb Testing Facility
Imagine stepping on a place that was once restricted for many years- a rocket launching and bomb testing site at that! Hmm… Pretty exciting! Be among the thousands of tourists who visit the site annually and share the exhilarating feeling of being in one of the most popular weapon testing facility in Australia.
Have an ultimate underground adventure traversing the largest opal mining in the world- The Opal Mining at Coober Pedy. There’s a multitude of activities that are both educational and exciting, like a visit to the Catacomb Church, The Underground Art Gallery and museums, and meeting Crocodile Harry! You can also see the Saint Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church, which may be the first underground church in the world.
Image Source: Kata Tjuta at sunset ( October 2009 ) by Alex Healing and can be reused under the CC BY license.
If you’re fascinated by the resplendent features of Uluru, then prepare yourself for the same effect when you visit The Olgas (Kata Tjuta) – albeit it’s more spellbinding. Being the second best attraction following the regal Uluru, which possesses a laid back form yet a massive size, The Olgas impress visitors by its enthralling 36 formations, that kindle with so much emotions! The local Aboriginals present ceremonies here at night, providing a more wonderful cultural experience.
Alice Springs and Desert Park
An environmental education facility, the Alice Springs Desert Park does not only house and preserve desert plants and native animals, but also offers travelers an incredible time touring the photogenic area with the Aboriginal guides. Prepare yourself for a journey that overflows with nature, wildlife, culture, and listen to the Aboriginal Dreamtime for a dreamy experience!
Regardless if you’re planning for an outback expedition alone, with a group or on a supported holiday, make sure to experience the timeless Uluru this July. Feel the cool outback wind stroke your hair. Relish the exotic scent of the trees. Let nature’s grandiose works of art render you speechless and allow this spiritual journey take you to a deeper understanding of your roots and a more powerful admiration towards your Australian heritage.
Prepare for your Uluru captivation HERE.
*Primary Image Source: Angelo_Giordano thru Pixabay and can be reused under the CC BY license.