21 September, 2020

Uluru Diary

It’s in the sun and sand of Australia's red centre desert that I discover the country’s spiritual heart.

Uluru Diary
Pitjantjatjara Pit-stop

Australia conjures images of sea and surf, but it’s in the sun and sand of its red centre desert that I discover the country’s spiritual heart. Uluru (Ayers Rock), along with Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), has been part of the traditional belief system of Australia’s first people. The ochre-tinted inselberg stands tall in the vast arid landscape, linking the country’s indigenous Aboriginal past to our present and the future.

As the plane begins its descent to the Connellan airport, a glimpse of Uluru’s famous silhouette evokes a sense of awe. The winter sun on the tarmac is comforting as unhurried passengers make their way into the small airport to a pleasant ‘Palya’ or welcome. A relief from the intense security screenings one has to endure at most airports in our post-9/11 world.

Aboriginal people have been living in this region for at least 22,000 years. To ensure that the traditional...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

More from Neena Bhandari

Latest Magazine

September 28, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section