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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 11th 2014

An early one today..........up at 04.30 to get the Uluru Sunrise tour. Spectacular watching the sky and cloud colour changes and the effect on the "RocK". Then we did a trip round the base, stopping at various points. Our driver guide was very knowledgeable, having been brought up in the Aboriginal tradition. The climb wasn't open because rain was forecast. But we weren't going to do it anyway, as the elders frown upon it. And when we saw what it was like, I don't think we'd have done it - looked extremely difficult! Finished up in the Cultural Centre, where you learn more about the history and customs and have the opportunity to buy tribal artefacts. Last couple of pics are cave drawings! Got back to the hotel about 10 and had plenty of time for ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru February 10th 2014

Up at 05 something this morning for the coach trip to Yulara (Ayer's Rock/Uluru).........stopped off at camel farm.......Erdlunga..........Mt Coner Lookout........before arriving at hotel just after 1........sandwich lunch.........walk into town (very hot but not a lot happening)...........refreshing dip in the pool...........before heading off on the Uluru Sunset trip complete with drinks and nibbles......and followed by an Aussie BBQ complete with Kangaroo steaks - didn't taste a lot different from cow. And then a bit of stargazing. Up even earlier tomorrow to see the sun rise on Uluru..........are we really on holiday?!? Some pics attached.......... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru November 5th 2013

Alarm at 4am ready for a pickup at 4.30! This morning it's Uluru sunrise and a cultural walk around the base of Uluru. Today's is a 5k walk so slightly worried!! The sunrise is even better than the sunset. The changing colours of Uluru are just fabulous as the sun starts to hit the sandstone. I was worried that I wouldn't get to feel the spirituality of the place but didn't need to worry, and the walk after with a very knowledgable and enthusiastic guide just made the trip. Even if she was a Canadian. We walked around about 50% of the base in two sections split by a coffee stop (and breakfast) at the cultural centre. Our guide explained all about the Aboriginal beliefs of the local tribes who are collectively called the Anangu. Tjukurpa ... read more
Sunrise at Uluru
Base walk
The whale

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru November 4th 2013

So today we leave Sydney and head off to Ayers Rock or Uluru as the natives like you to call it. We're flying to Ayers Rock though so obviously Australian airport authority doesn't care! We used the train again as our hotel was so close to the station. Trains here are double deckers. Very cool. Remember what I said about it being an ordinary commuter train? Well I have now found out that if you get off at the airport stops the fare is $15. If you get off the next stop down then it's only $4!!!! Rip off eh! At least London runs special train services to charge you three times the price. Talking of airports there was quite a queue for bag drop off. Not a problem you would say, you're on holiday so ... read more
First glimpse of the red desert
First glimpse of Uluru
Kata Tjuta walk

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru October 6th 2013

After our stay in Alice Springs, we headed south to Uluru, or The Rock, or Ayres Rock, in the red centre. The sealed road south and then west to The Rock is generally good, just broken shoulders in places, and work teams out setting things to right. As you head west up the Lassiter Highway, its not long before you see the rock, and then you realise that it is the wrong rock as the sides become more visible. There is a lookout to see the false rock (Mt Conner) as it stands out above the desert plain. The area is generally low shrubbed in the desert with a few exceptions such as at Mt Ebenezer where things are totally barren. When we did the Palm Valley trip, our guide said to cross the road at ... read more
Mount Conner
Lake Armadeus
That first look

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru September 16th 2013

Today we farewell Ana and Janusz Hooker (Foundation for Kids), Brian Spencer (Kidnected) and the talented crew of videographers, photographer and audio engineer. This team were so much fun to work with and really believed in the power of this project. Although the trip to Uluru comes to an end the students reflections have indicated that this is only the start of something more within their own lives and the lives of their new friends from the Mutitjulu Community. Hearts have been touched, differences made and the message of WONDERMENT continues to ring out... All the students are really excited about sharing their experiences and stories with family, friends and teachers......... Farewell from Mr Kuilenburg and Miss Turnbull... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru September 15th 2013

Today the children further forged some incredible friendships with the Mutitjulu children and spent a lot of time in building a special connection with their buddies. There was a fun game of "girls versus boys" soccer match in the red sand, and buddies worked together in this fun activity, which simply pealed away another barrier layer. In breaking for afternoon refreshments the buddies participated in a "peer learning" experience, some sharing in the catching and eating of witchetty grubs, while others had some simple conversations while walking in the red earth. This melded into a partner singing activity, where together the children practised the WONDER song and worked on communicating and expressing the message of this song with each other. The final filming session is a testament to the difference that children can make in the ... read more
Singing Wonder
Soccer Game (Boys in Defense)
Soccer Game (Girls on the Attack)

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru September 15th 2013

Arriving at Kuniya, students prepared themselves for filming and singing WONDER in a new and very special location. With a short track walk to Mutitjulu waterhole, home of a wanampi (an ancestral watersnake) the filming took a new breath of life in a number of unique locations. Here the students learned how Kuniya and Liru (the woma python woman and poisonous snake man) helped create Uluru. It was evident from our time here that this place is is a living cultural landscape. Kuniya is still here. Her spirit is here. The art caves are still used by Anangu today. This certainly was a special place in which to be filming.... read more
Singing at Kuniya 3
The Water Hole

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru September 15th 2013

Our journey today began with the Mala Walk. This is the place where the Mala (rufous hare-wallaby) people camped when they arrived at Uluru in the beginning. Along this walk there were examples of Anangu rock art and the students experienced the sheer vertical walls and profound peacefulness of Kantju Gorge. Another exciting start to another day at Uluru.... read more
Mala Sheer Rock Face
Mala Walk 2

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru September 15th 2013

"What an incredible group of children! They all have hearts of gold and have embraced the experience forming beautiful friendships with the Mutigjulu children. They all sing from the heart!" Mr Kuilenburg "When I first met the kids and went into the community I was amazed by the happiness and energy all the kids had. I was excited when one of my new friends taught me a secret handshake. This experience has brought so many incredible experiences that I will never forget" Jackson Wiebe "At one point I had four children hanging off me, all wanting piggy-back rides. It was so inspiring. It was so cool to see that everyone in the community was a family. This trip has given me a new outlook on how fortunate I am to have chances like I do." Georgia ... read more
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