A Red Centre landscape for #SundayStills


It’s NAIDOC Week here in Australia with the theme of Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) occurs annually in July, and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Source


The colours of the Aboriginal Flag

The Aboriginal Flag is divided horizontally into equal halves of black (top) and red (bottom), with a yellow circle in the centre. The black symbolises Aboriginal people. The yellow represents the sun, the constant re-newer of life. Source

Aboriginal Flag

The heart of our land…

I am sharing some photos from a trip we did to the Red Centre of Australia in July 2015. Uluru is a sacred site and as such has great significance to the traditional owners.


Climbing the rock was stopped in October 2019

Uluru has been sacred to Anangu for tens of thousands of years, and climbing Uluru was not generally permitted under Tjukurpa (Anangu law and culture).


Visitors began climbing Uluru in the late 1930s, and to keep people safe, the first section of the climb chain was installed in 1964.

The track up Uluru
The track up Uluru before it was stopped – a very dangerous climb

In 1985 Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was handed back to the traditional owners, Anangu, in an event known as Handback. The question of closing the climb was raised, and Anangu spokesman Kunmanara Lester said that while Anangu didn’t like people climbing Uluru it would be allowed for now.

In the 1990s signs were put up at the base of the climb which asked visitors on behalf of Anangu, Please Don’t Climb. As visitors learned more about Anangu culture and their wishes, the number of visitors climbing Uluru began to drop.

In 2010, the release of the Park’s Management Plan signalled the intention to work towards closing the climb. In November 2017, the Board of Management agreed that the criteria which included the number of visitors climbing falling below 20%, voted unanimously to close the climb from 26 October 2019, the 34th anniversary of Handback. This significant decision demonstrates Tjukurpa and Australian law working together in joint management. Our vision is that the park is a place where Anangu law and culture is kept strong for future generations. Source

Sunrise at Uluru

These are just a few of my favourite landscape shots from our visit to Uluru.  The sun on the rock gives it a variety of colours particularly at sunrise and sunset. It is really something that must be seen to be believed – it’s simply a stunning landscape.

Uluru – size comparison

We are Australian

Our national broadcaster, the ABC, turned 90years old and this video was shared as part of the celebrations, it’s fabulous and gave me goosebumps – please watch and enjoy. I especially loved the drummers!! Let me know what you think of it.

Sunday Stills

This week, Terri’s prompt is a colour one, ruby red…and it just so happens that back in July 2015 we were visiting the red centre of Australia for the very first time. It was an amazing place and we will definitely go back one day soon. I thought I’d share a few photos and interesting facts with you.

Uluru at sunrise

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of our indigenous heritage and learning a bit about the meaning of NAIDOC Week.

Did you get goosebumps from that video?

Deb x

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42 Replies to “A Red Centre landscape for #SundayStills”

  1. Great photos of a great Aussie icon Deb. I’m assuming you didn’t climb it? I heard that there was a big influx of climbers just before it closed – nice that it’s free from all that now.

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    1. No we didn’t climb it Leanne, it was way too scary for me as well as going against local wishes. Yes apparently there were loads of people trying to climb it before it was closed. I really don’t get it! It was a very spiritual place.

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  2. Love that rendition of I am Australian, it really should be our anthem. Goosebumps with this version. Love your photos too Deb and I agree, Uluṟu really has to be experienced firsthand to understand, it’s very special. ❤️🧡

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    1. Thanks for that! I only added in the comparison at the last minute because sometimes you need to see it like that to get a handle on the real size. Thanks for visiting with me and enjoying Uluru.

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  3. Definitely an iconic symbol of Australia, Debbie! Your pictures are gorgeous and how amazing to see Uluru in person. I am always amazed at just how many red rock formations exist around the world. We’re currently in red rock desert country in Scottsdale, Arizona which is not far from the iconic red rocks of Sedona! Wonderful post, enjoy your week!

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  4. That’s a great video and portrays a good partnership between the Indigenous population and the settlers. I have been to Uluru and it is so massive. We walked it at sunrise. Unforgettable experience. Bernie

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    1. That’s great to know you’ve been there Bernie! We walked and rode bikes around the base and I enjoyed the talks by the Indigenous Rangers too. Such an amazing place. The video was a real delight!


      1. The video portrays a balanced Australia with the original and the settlers. Is that reality or is it still a work in progress? We have a lot to do here to reach reconciliation and the path forward. They say it will take 7 generations from the 1st residential school students for the effects of it to be gone.

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    1. No me either Janis, it looked very scary to me and the wind up the top could be very dangerous. It’s been the right decision to close the climb in my opinion!


  5. I loved how you managed to encompass so much into this post with #red as one of the words. I am in awe of the red centre and unlikely to visit now but always a privilege to read about others’ experiences. I am so pleased to read today that the Aboriginal Flag is being LEFT in place now on the Harbour Bridge after NAIDOC week and the NSW State flag is the one that will be flown elsewhere. A good decision which will not cost millions at first thought!

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    1. Thanks Denyse, once I started I was determined to try and cover a few ‘issues’ in the post. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ve just been reading about the flag on the bridge and the decision, a good compromise I thought. Your red post was lovely!

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  6. I’m glad that by the time we visited in 1998 there was a sign explaining why you shouldn’t climb because I’ve always been up for a challenge and I’d have been up that chain like a greased platypus. We did walk round and watch as the sun set stunning us with the colour palette created. It’s quite the most extraordinary spot, isn’t it?

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    1. So pleased you’ve visited Uluru Geoff and understood the reasons not to climb. It looked far too scary for me to even think about it anyway! We walked around the base and hired bikes and rode around which was a great way of seeing it all. The colours were amazing and I was blown away with it all.


  7. I think it is wonderful that Australia has a day to recognize its original inhabitants. I remember reading about Uluru closing and was glad to hear that the sacred site would be returned to its people.

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    1. Thanks Sue, it is a truly special place and needs to be respected by not climbing.

      I also linked to your post about packing carry-on in a recent post and want to thank you for the inspiration.

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