Today pilgrims saw Uluru up close for the very first time.

After an early start to beat the heat of a central Australian sun, we traveled the 10 minute journey from Yulara campsite to the Rock. It was awe-inspiring to come face to face with the rock. It’s huge! So much bigger than it ever looks in a picture.

Pilgrims from each state visited the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and took the Mala Walk, which leads to Kanju Gorge. The Gorge is filled with plant and bird life; a special place to stop and reflect together. Some pilgrims wrote poems for the first time.

After our trip to the rock we returned to the amphitheatre in Yulara to write a word or two about our experience next to the painted handprints we left on the banner yesterday. The Queensland pilgrims arrive today and we will all gather at the Big Top tonight to welcome them.

Tassie bus on Mala walk at UluruTiffany writing her reflection of the rock on her handprint
Tassie pilgrims practicing their piece for the concertA pilgrim shares a highlight of his trip