We enjoyed a luxurious 6:30am sleep-in at Docker River and a slightly less than luxurious rumble and rattle over the corrugations through to Kata Tjuta (meaning ‘many heads’).
Kata Tjuta was a chance to get a decent stretch of the legs as we hiked to Karu lookout in the Valley of the Winds.
One of our Aboriginal leaders led our pilgrims through a reflection on water – discussing the gift of water and the way this gift was so often abused by early settlers who’d been trusted with knowledge and lead back from the brink of death by Aboriginal people.
Back on the bus, a few kilometres on and… there it was! Uluru! Finally, we’d made it. Even the first sight of that beautiful, sacred, significant place was enough to take our breath away. We set up camp and were welcomed to Anangu country by local elders alongside other pilgrims from NSW, Victoria and South Australia. It was a great start to a very significant weekend for all of us!
We headed to the Uluru Cultural Centre to get a glimpse into the ancient culture and history that is the heart and soul of this place.
Our pilgrims first one on one encounter of Uluru was the Mala Walk (a section of the base of Uluru where we were privileged to be told some of the ancient stories of this sacred place). Our guide, Shirley, was a young Anangu women (just 18!). We were all so enthralled by her gentle communication and the generous and charismatic way in which she welcomed us into her culture.
That afternoon we participated in a community festival with other pilgrims, locals, tourists and members of the Mutitjulu community and enjoyed a nice early night after a full, exhausting and truly significant day. Find out more about the community festival and water ceremony here.
Our pilgrims trekked 10.6km around the entire base of Uluru! It was unanimously agreed that we’d all well and truly earned our afternoon of leisure at the pool, in town at Yulara and relaxing around camp before a ‘deep space’ of reflection and celebration in the evening. What a weekend!