Red Center, Australia

Australia's Broken Heart


in the shadow of the cliff
Guide Chief over a small headland in Kings Canyon.
Uluru-Ayers Rock
Sacred to the Anangu Aboriginals of the Red Centre, the Uluru Archery Rock is 873 meters high and has a circumference of 9.4 km.
walk under threat
Group walks on a path in Kata Tjuta, protected from infernal flies by nets.
Shade and sun at the Outback
Red Center rock outlines drawn against a trail of setting sun.
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Another strange rocky outcrop of Kata Tjuta.
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Guide Chief leads a group of visitors to Kata Tjuta National Park.
Greenery and dryness
A dead tree juts out from the inhospitable scenery of Kata Tjuta.
aboriginal melody
Native plays didjeridu.
australian queue
Group travels the heated, arduous surface of Kings Canyon.
Finally, rest
Friends rest by the Garden of Eden lagoon in an inner canyon of Kings Canyon.
the olgas
The rocks of Kata Tjuta lit up at sunset.
Camel Outback Safaris
Airy camel shelter in a roadside bar in Erdlunda.
sighting
Two visitors peer over the reddish cliffs of Kata Djuta.
Uncertain course
Isolated or lost couple walk through an ocher platform in Kings Canyon.
Outback Desert
Chief surveys the landscape over roadside dunes in the vicinity of Erdlunda.
Kata Tjuta or The Olgas
The imposing cliffs of Kata Tjuta from a shaded canyon.
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Travelers examine what might have been the result of a phenomenal road accident.
halo and silhouette
The monumental shadow of the Uluru/Ayers Rock.
Chief in Erdlunda
Guide Chief comes out of a roadside bar in Erldunda.
Royal Canyon
One of Kings Canyon's reddish canyons.
The Red Center is home to some of Australia's must-see natural landmarks. We are impressed by the grandeur of the scenarios but also by the renewed incompatibility of its two civilizations.

Chief arrives on time.

He is quick to safeguard the integrity of his image: “I was told that two journalists were coming. That I had to present myself and behave properly! Let's see what can be done”.

Although originally from New Zealand, your figure couldn't be more ozzie. He laughs uncomplexedly at the top of his ninety-something meter.

He wears a tight shirt and mini-shorts, both in khaki, worn by the kilometers traveled in the desert, dirty with stains that it is time to wash. The tall, dusty, yellowish fur boots and an old hat Akubra they are the last notes of a costume created and retouched by Outback.

Kings Canyon, Chief, Headland, Red Centre, Heart, Australia.

Guide Chief over a small headland in Kings Canyon.

Had he arrived at the right time, Chief could have been one of the fearless pioneers who blazed through Australia's interior and built the city from which we were to set out to discover the Northern Territory.

It was no accident that Alice Springs emerged in the geometric center of Australia.

The Arduous Colonization of the Australian Red Center

In the second half of the XNUMXth century, much of the south was colonized. The center and part of the North were still unknown domains, occupied exclusively by the aboriginal ancestral guardians.

In 1861-62, John McDouall Stuart led an expedition into the heart of the desert. He would eventually become the first European to cross Australia from south to north. And he established the route that would make way for the telegraph line programmed to link Adelaide to Darwin and Darwin to Great Britain.

Later, the discovery of river gold in large quantities, about 100 km away, gave rise to a fixed population around Stuart, as the colony would be named. The end of the gold meant that the village moved to close to the cable car station.

Erdlunda camel shelter, bar, road, Red centre, heart, Australia.

Airy camel shelter in a roadside bar in Erdlunda.

This village, in turn, was named Alice Springs, in honor of the wife of the postmaster and the springs that irrigated the vast surrounding oasis.

These were rough times, dominated by uncertainty and in which the prevailing dryness of the landscape called for creative solutions. Accordingly, the pioneering authorities resolved import camels from northwestern former British India – Pakistan today. They were led in long caravans by immigrants from the Pathan tribes, incorrectly called Afghan camel drivers.

These caravans solved the problem of lack of water for some time. Over the years, they became unnecessary. Camels were abandoned or lost.

They multiplied and spread across the desert, in such a way that they exist today in greater numbers in Australia than in many Arab countries.

Alice Springs: The Urban Core of the Red Center

Alice – as she is affectionately treated – spreads along the often dry bed of the Todd River. It's made up of low-rise buildings, warehouses, and ground-floor commercial complexes that block out little or nothing against the blue sky. Other dominant businesses are bars, tourist agencies and art galleries.

At first glance, everything seems normal, but the apparently dysfunctional presence of the aboriginal community causes, in this tourist center, more discomfort than in other places in the Northern Territory.

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Native plays didjeridu.

It proves difficult for newly arrived visitors to understand why they spend their time sitting on the grass in the gardens or in front of shops and service stations.

They are hard to accept the primitive ways and their inability to deal with the marginalization to which they were voted by the Western civilization that uprooted them with no return.

Aboriginal Misfit on Their Own Land

Here, as elsewhere in Australia, the Australian government has apologized and is trying to redeem itself. It pays for the sins committed in Australian dollars and with the return of land that it appropriated during the period in which it maintained a law that equated the aborigines with the fauna and flora.

Here, as across Australia, the measures are far from solving anything.

During the initial leg of the trip, Chief confesses: “… I don't always do this. I work with the Alice Springs Aboriginal prison community. I am one of the few who knows and accepts them”.

He also confesses that, even so, he has difficulty answering the questions and prejudiced remarks of Australian and foreign tourists.

It tries to make them aware of the value of the aborigines, explaining to outsiders, in the most emblematic places, the fascinating mythological culture of the indigenous people.

Uluru – Ayers Rock. The Ever Controversial Question of Ascension

“I can't believe this!” Kevin repeats one last time, after uttering a series of curses.

As soon as you wake up and leave your swag (Australian sleeping bag), the little Korean is faced with the greatest frustration. After a year of working on Sydney like an automaton, he dreamed of the highlight of the trip: contemplating the Red Center from the top of Uluru.

Uluru, Ayers Rock, Red Centre, Heart, Australia

Sacred to the Anangu Aboriginals of the Red Centre, the Uluru Archery Rock is 873 meters high and has a circumference of 9.4 km.

This morning, the shrill hiss of the bush Australian sounded like bad news.

The afternoon before, Chief, it had been pretty clear. On behalf of the Anangu aborigines, he asked everyone not to go upstairs. He also clarified that he would only prevent anyone who wanted to do so if weather conditions determined it.

Contrary to predictions, instead of calming down, the wind picked up during the night. At dawn, park authorities closed access to the trail and made life easier for the guide.

At first glance simple, the theme of the ascents to Ayers Rock – as the colonists of British origin called it after the Chief Secretary of South Australia of 1873 – is, in fact, quite complex.

It reflects the sensitive relationship that the descendants of Australian settlers have with the Indians.

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Guide Chief comes out of a roadside bar in Erldunda.

Uluru – Ayers Rock: A Rock in Australia's Broken Heart

In 1983, Prime Minister Bob Hawke promised to return that particular land to its traditional owners. It agreed to a ten-point plan that included a ban on climbing Uluru.

In good political fashion, the promise was quickly forgotten. Before official restitution, ninety-nine years of concession were imposed instead of the fifty agreed upon with the aborigines.

Access to the top of Uluru was eventually allowed, so as not to go against the wishes of thousands of younger visitors or simply in good physical shape.

The Spiritual Meaning of Uluru for Anangu Aboriginals

The Anangu aborigines, the ancestral protectors of the cliff and surrounding space, do not climb it.

They avoid doing this because of the great spiritual significance of Uluru. According to your beliefs, pass at the top, a trail of your Dreamtime (the mythological past). They also banned their climbing for reasons of responsibility for the safety of those they host.

Over the years, against the will of the aborigines, the climbs have already claimed 35 victims. In each of the fatalities, the aborigines expressed sadness. Despite the grief of the indigenous, the Australians are a people used to living with adventure and risk. Accordingly, at the time, no total and absolute prohibition was foreseen for the park rangers to put into practice.

Situated in the southwestern corner of the vast Northern Territory, in the heart of the Outback, this strange island of Arcose, as emblematic as it is homogeneous and compact, has survived millions of years of erosion that erased from the map a gigantic but much more vulnerable surrounding massif. to wear.

With a maximum height of 348m and a circumference of 9.4km, the formation is even more intriguing as it changes color throughout the day and seasons of the year, as different light spectra hit it.

Uluru, Ayers Rock, silhouette, Red centre, Heart, Australia.

The monumental shadow of the Uluru/Ayers Rock.

Denial of Superstition around Uluru and Repentance

Too many of its nearly 400.000 annual visitors cannot resist the cliff's visual and mythological fascination.

Even warned by the guides about the curse that haunts the life of those who remove stones from Uluru, they prefer to take risks and commit the crime.

Chief develops one of his favorite themes for us, with unsurpassed sarcasm: “… even funnier is that, out of conscience or mere precaution, many people regret it.

Then, back in their homes, they spend worlds and funds trying to return them to the rock. They send them by mail to the agencies they traveled with and ask them to replace them…”

The obstacles raised by aboriginal beliefs tjukurpa it does not stop there, however.

Around the rock mount there are springs, caves, small natural water deposits and cave paintings. But despite the abundance of motifs, photography is restricted in several sections where the Anangu perform gender-related rituals and where they do not admit people of the opposite sex.

Erdlunda chief road, Red centre, heart, Australia.

Chief surveys the landscape over roadside dunes in the vicinity of Erdlunda.

The aim is to prevent millenary taboos from being broken, as indigenous peoples will inevitably come to find images of their sacred places in what they call the outside world.

Kata Djuta: The Other Sacred Colossus of the Red Center

Just 25km to the west, accessible via the same Lasseter Highway that leads to Uluru/Ayers Rock and then along Luritja Road, another whim of the Red Center imposes itself on the ever-blue sky of the Red Centre. Terra australis.

It is Kata Tjuta (Aboriginal pittjantjajara dialect for “many heads”), a sequence of huge thirty-six red rocks covering an area of ​​almost 27 km² and having as their highest point 1066m above sea level of Monte Olga. 

This elevation, in particular, gave rise to “The Olgas”, the western name given to the setting.

At the height of the Australian summer, in the middle of the afternoon, the sun also beats down mercilessly here.

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The rocks of Kata Tjuta lit up at sunset.

Against all common sense, it revitalizes the infernal Outback flies that plague visitors during their walks through the rocks.

The fame of the insects is such that many arrive armed with nets with which they cover their heads and thus reinforce the Martian exoticism of the place.

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Group walks on a path in Kata Tjuta, protected from infernal flies by nets.

We devote the entire morning to exploring Kings Canyon, a rugged, visual territory Western situated in the George Gill Range, still southwest of Alice Springs.

The new walk begins with the conquest of Heart Attack Hill, named for its inclination, unsuitable for cardiac patients.

It continues for 5km along the gorges, the labyrinthine plateaus of the “city” and the slopes and stairways carved into the rock of the Amphitheater.

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One of Kings Canyon's reddish canyons.

We only interrupt it, to rest, at the edge of the Garden of Eden, a lake surrounded by dense vegetation that breaks the ocher domain of the landscape.

From there, finally, we return to the starting point of the circuit and Alice Springs.

In the capital of the Red Centre, another long but fascinating one awaits us road stage: the northern half of the Stuart Highway.

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Travelers examine what might have been the result of a phenomenal road accident.

Sydney, Australia

From the Exile of Criminals to an Exemplary City

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Melbourne, Australia

An "Asienated" Australia

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Alice Springs to Darwin, Australia

Stuart Road, on its way to Australia's Top End

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Perth, Australia

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Perth to Albany, Australia

Across the Far West of Australia

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Atherton Tableland, Australia

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Great Ocean Road, Australia

Ocean Out, along the Great Australian South

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Perth, Australia

the lonely city

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Cairns to Cape Tribulation, Australia

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Perth, Australia

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The Football the Australians Rule

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Wadjemup, Rottnest Island, Australia

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safari
Savuti, Botswana

Savuti's Elephant-Eating Lions

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Aurora lights up the Pisang Valley, Nepal.
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 3rd- Upper Banana, Nepal

An Unexpected Snowy Aurora

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holy plain, Bagan, Myanmar
Architecture & Design
Bagan, Myanmar

The Plain of Pagodas, Temples and other Heavenly Redemptions

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Salto Angel, Rio that falls from the sky, Angel Falls, PN Canaima, Venezuela
Adventure
PN Canaima, Venezuela

Kerepakupai, Salto Angel: The River that Falls from Heaven

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Ceremonies and Festivities
Military

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St. Paul's Cathedral, Vigan, Asia Hispanica, Philippines
Cities
Vigan, Philippines

Vigan: the Most Hispanic of Asias

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Meal
Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

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Kente Festival Agotime, Ghana, gold
Culture
Kumasi to Kpetoe, Ghana

A Celebration-Trip of the Ghanian Fashion

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Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Sport
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

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Fruit sellers, Swarm, Mozambique
Traveling
Enxame Mozambique

Mozambican Fashion Service Area

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Ethnic

Amberris Caye, Belize

Belize's Playground

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Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Natural Light (Part 2)

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Weddings in Jaffa, Israel,
History
Jaffa, Israel

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Islands
Hailuoto Island, Finland

Fishing for Truly Fresh Fish

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Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Winter White
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

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Visitors to Ernest Hemingway's Home, Key West, Florida, United States
Literature
Key West, United States

Hemingway's Caribbean Playground

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Graciosa, Azores, Monte da Ajuda
Nature
Graciosa, Azores

Her Grace the Graciosa

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Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Autumn
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
Natural Parks
unmissable roads

Great Routes, Great Trips

With pompous names or mere road codes, certain roads run through really sublime scenarios. From Road 66 to the Great Ocean Road, they are all unmissable adventures behind the wheel.
Traveler above Jökursarlón icy lagoon, Iceland
UNESCO World Heritage
Jökursarlón Lagoon, Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland

The Faltering of Europe's King Glacier

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Zorro's mask on display at a dinner at the Pousada Hacienda del Hidalgo, El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico
Characters
El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico

Zorro's Cradle

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Soufrière and Pitons, Saint Luci
Beaches
Soufriere, Saint Lucia

The Great Pyramids of the Antilles

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Candia, Tooth of Buddha, Ceylon, lake
Religion
Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Dental Root of Sinhalese Buddhism

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Train Kuranda train, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
On Rails
Cairns-Kuranda, Australia

Train to the Middle of the Jungle

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Singapore, Success and Monotony Island
Society
Singapore

The Island of Success and Monotony

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Visitors at Talisay Ruins, Negros Island, Philippines
Daily life
Talisay City, Philippines

Monument to a Luso-Philippine Love

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PN Tortuguero, Costa Rica, public boat
Wildlife
Tortuguero NP, Costa Rica

The Flooded Costa Rica of Tortuguero

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Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

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