Watching the Sun rise at Uluru
One of the most magical places I visited during my time as an au pair in Australia was Uluru. When I went to Uluru I had already been travelling around Australia for years - I had visited many of the beautiful sites and places around this gorgeous country. However, visiting Uluru was something special. The first time I laid eyes on the red earth it took my breath away and I felt like I was experiencing Australia for the first time. I had always had a picture in my mind of what Australia would be like and Uluru fit that description perfectly. It was like a dream come true. The legend of the dreamtime became real for me in Uluru and I felt like I was a kid again - seeing the world through new eyes.
The red earth that covers the land is breathtaking - it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. There is a time during the day when the sunlight hits the red earth and everything glows. It is pure magic.
We had campfires - we all dressed up and danced late into the night. The food was amazing. We took lessons in boomerang throwing. We learned Aboriginal chants and songs - we learned the meanings of the symbols in the traditional dot paintings. We held snakes and lizards and hunted for bush tucker. We learned about the customs and traditions of the Aboriginal people. We were educated and told how wrong it was to climb on the great red rock - it was a holy place to the Aboriginal people. We learned how disrespectful it was to refer to it as Ayer’s Rock and referred to it only as it’s original name - Uluru.
We rode camels in the outback and watched the sun rise on the great red rock where life began. It is the birthplace of the great rainbow serpent - the dreamtime - the culture - the tales of how the earth began all came from this sacred place where I felt Australia’s heart for the first time.