It was another cold start with lots of complaining from Angie and Jacob. Once we finally got moving we heading out to The Olgas. We did a nice walk the main section of The Olgas, where there is a canyon created by alluvial erosion. The only tough thing about the trip was that the section we walked was in the shade and it was absolutely freezing. We did the 2.6km walk pretty quickly!
We got back to Uluru and went to the Cultural Centre. It has an informative display detailing the stories of the local Aboriginal people and their creation stories. Their stories are tied strongly to the rock and is one of the reasons that visitors are encouraged NOT to climb Ayres Rock. Another being that as it is their country they feel a strong duty of care to visitors and are gravely concerned about injury to anyone who climbs Uluru. As we explained to the kids it would be pretty distressing to our family if someone hurt themselves in our backyard and it is the same for them.
Having sat in on the ranger talks in Kakadu also helped our understanding of the connections and beliefs about why the traditional owners do not want people climbing the rock.
We headed back to camp for lunch and got ready for another exciting adventure. As a special birthday treat for Angela (and Caitlyn got to go Barra fishing ), Angela, Jacob and I went on a helicopter ride to view Uluru from the air. And even better- Angie (seeing she was birthday girl) got to sit in the front seat. She was one very happy girl!
This afternoon we also went to view Uluru at sunset. Looking at the specially designed car park and all of the cars lined up you could of easily imagined yourself in the parking lot at the Gold Coast (thought we had on a few more layers of clothes). It was a nice setting- sitting back with a glass and watching the rock change colours with the setting sun.