Uluru. It's big. It's red. It's steeped in aboriginal history. It's arguably the most important pilgrimage an Australian can make and it's an iconic destination for overseas travellers. And, because of all of the above, it's one of the most photographed places in the country. Probably the world.
On my recent trip to the Red Centre with Adventure Tours Australia, I was struck, like most people, by the red. Red is everywhere. It's there when you look down. It's there on the horizon. It's there spilling out of your shoes when you take them off at camp. It's there in your backpack when you get home. It's there in your vacuum cleaner bag when you empty it out three months later. You get the point. The red is enduring.
But as impressive as the red is, the shapes and the shadows thrown by Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and all of the stop-off points between are equally as impressive. And by removing the red from the equation, it brings the shapes and shadows to centre stage.
Now, this is only a glimpse into the magic of Uluru. The best way to understand it, and to begin to bring the stores of the Anangu people (Uluru's traditional land owners) to life, is to visit. Which is something you should definitely do. Like, right now.