Travel: A Journey to Uluru
Follow Emily Yates, Lisa Smith and Olive Cooke on an unforgettable trip to Uluru. In their own words they share their individual experiences to the majestic red centre as they discover it’s beauty in all shapes and forms. Immersed in a unique luxury camp stay, Longitude 131 offers some of the most spectacular views direct to Uluru and across the desert to Kata Tjuta making the perfect backdrop and base for our #faithfullgirls.
“A travel journey to Uluru through the eyes and words of, Emily Yates.”
"Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara land. Uluru. The red centre. The spiritual epicentre of Anangu culture for 35,000 years - a place of teaching and creation and community. A place I’ve wanted to visit since I could remember. A place that holds both happiness and heartbreak for Anangu."
“I was deeply moved by the sign that used to exist, placed at the base of the rock, to discourage tourists from climbing it’s face.”
"Like much of Australia, this land was taken from its traditional owners. Used and exploited, desecrated and disrespected. Sensitive sites that can’t even be gazed at with the eyes were broadcast on televisions across the nation. It wasn’t until 1985 that Uluru was finally handed back to Anangu, and not until as late as last year that the climb over one of the most sacred places was stopped. I was deeply moved by the sign that used to exist, placed at the base of the rock, to discourage tourists from climbing it’s face. It said - do you want to connect with this land, or do you want to conquer it? To me, that says so much."
“I will forever be grateful for this humbling experience, to stand in the shadow of so much history and beauty.”
"I will forever be grateful for this humbling experience, to stand in the shadow of so much history and beauty. To have the opportunity to learn stories of the land and its people. This land I also call home, but is not truly mine. And to also learn that these creation stories - these sacred places, aren’t for us to know about. That we don’t have the context to understand them, and it's enough for us to just be allowed to be in their presence. To share. To be present."
“It's a privilege to be able to connect with this land, but with that privilege comes great responsibility.”
"Uluru is a place that speaks to you on a soul level. I truly encourage you to visit, but if you do, remember to research, read and respect. It's a privilege to be able to connect with this land, but with that privilege comes great responsibility. All my love, FAITHFULLY yours, Em xxx"
“A travel journey to Uluru through the eyes and words of, Lisa Smith.”
"A once in a lifetime trip to the heart of Australia - Uluru. I'm so grateful to have finally experienced this sacred area & to have seen it with my own eyes. It was such a cultural experience, full of beautiful landscapes & creation stories. I loved finally learning more about the deep history of the land & its traditional owners."
“I now understand why this area (and areas all over Australia) are so sacred and why they should be respected by us.”
"I now understand why this area ( and areas all over Australia ) are so sacred and why they should be respected by us. Our history of the land should be celebrated & embraced."
“A journey to the red centre of Australia - a trip to be remembered.”
"We spent 3 days at the absolute bucket list stay - Longitude 131. So beautiful & unique, with their glamping tents overlooking Uluru & Kata Tjuta. We explored the National Park each day, with the rangers guiding us around the area, showing us the sacred sites which cannot be photographed ( which was an absolute privilege to see them in real life ) and learn what areas can be shared, and what needs to be respectfully kept to the traditional owners. A journey to the red centre of Australia - a trip to be remembered. Xxx Lisa "
“A travel journey to Uluru through the eyes and words of, Olive Cooke.”
"It is a true privilege to visit and walk on Anangu Country. Learning about the cultural significance Uluru has to the Anangu, & of sensitive sites across Uluru that share stories of Ancestral beings and creation is unforgettable. A select few of the many creation stories are shared with us and we are reminded that they are not ours to retell or interpret, this also means many areas are not to be photographed."
“It is important to hear the truth in the history.”
"It is important to hear the truth in the history & understand that it was only 35yrs ago that Uluru was given back to its traditional owners after years of abuse & mistreatment from white settlers and tourists. It was only last year in 2019, Climbing Uluru was permanently closed after years of ignoring requests from Traditional owners to stop as it was deeply disrespectful & not permitted under Anangu Law & Culture."
“The Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people, work together with Parks Australia, under joint management - ensuring Anangu culture is maintained.”
"Now the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people who are the traditional landowners of Uluru & Kata Tjuta work together with Parks Australia under joint management, using traditional methods of conserving the land & ecological systems while ensuring Anangu culture is maintained."
“Feeling so thankful & humbled for the opportunity to listen & learn from the oldest living culture in the world.”
"Balmy evenings watching a full moon rise against the ever-changing colours of the sky, contrast to deep red earth is like nothing else. Feeling so thankful & humbled for the opportunity to listen & learn from the oldest living culture in the world."
Words & Photography :
Emily Yates, Lisa Smith & Olive Cooke
Longitude 131 & Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara land, Uluru