They are almost a right of passage for foreigners when visiting Australia and so I was a little bit of a joke when I meekly told some of my British friends that I had not seen the the Great Barrier Reef, drove the Great Ocean Road, or seen Uluru.
They laughed at me and called me the most un-Australian Australian they knew and I was embarrassed. Embarrassed that a country people save for years to visit is at my door-step and I have only seen the backyard.
Almost 9-months have passed and I’ve managed to tick one of those items off when I rented a Toyota Echo and my best friend and I took what was one of the scariest drives of my life down the Great Ocean Road, and I’m about to do it again; but I’d all but forgotten the other items I needed to tick off, and the ‘foreign-ness’ of the US and Europe have drawn me back overseas instead.
When Tourism Northern Territory got in contact with me to head into the Red Center with them to get a taste of ‘The Checklist’ I knew that this would a fantastic opportunity to check things off of my check-list, the Travel Bug-ket list; and with our first stop at Uluru I was pumped to see my own sunset at Uluru.
Driving into the park there are a number of signed dedicated sunset viewing spots which offer the best positions to park your car and watch the sun go down. The Taiwanese tourists were cute as they all posed with their countries flag in front of the Rock, and the professional photographers set-up their tripods to capture time-lapses or their perfect shot. It was really nice to see so many people with fold-up takes set up & enjoying some drinks and nibbles with friends or family as wine bottles opened and crisp packets crinkled waiting for the sun to slowly sink.
The colours weren’t the pinks and purples I longed to see like in the photographs, but the blues and purples that were created as the sun slid lower were possibly even a better backdrop for the giant red rock in the heart of the country.
Is seeing sunset at Uluru on your Checklist?
This experience was part of a Media trip with the Northern Territory tourism board and Plus7.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.