Most tourists who visit Australia try to visit Ayers Rock or Uluru. For some raeson, you hardly ever hear about the other big rocks nearby: The Olgas, or Kata Tjuta.
When I visited Australia, I did exactly the same as millions of tourists: I visited Uluru. This immense red rock was very impressive, and I really enjoyed my visit.
So I was a bit surprised when our bus driver/tour guide said, “Wait, there’s more,” and drove on a bit. What do you know? There’s more of those things! I had never heard of the Olgas or Kata Tjuta before, but I ended up enjoying this visit even more.
The Olgas are of similar descent as Uluru: both are sendimantary rocks laid bare by erosion. Many people consider Uluru the more special formation, since it’s one giant rock in otherwise flat surroundings. Me, I prefer the Olgas. The row of steep blobs make for a very pleasing skyline, and have the advantage that you can walk between them. One rock is impressive, but standing between two big rocks that are very close together is even more impressive.
What made my visit even more special, was that we were there in an unusually wet summer. We didn’t see the iconic image of a smouldering rock in a barren desert, but saw glistening mountains shrouded in mysterious clouds. It was beautiful.
If you ever get the chance to visit the red centre of Australia and Uluru, go the extra mile and visit the Olgas, too. It’s worth it.
written by stratski on 2013-01-21 #places #travel #mountains #australia #location #geology #uluru #ayers-rock #kata-tjuta #olgas #select-type-of-location #requested #escape-from-the-city #the-land-down-under