Wellington Boots Strike Again
About two years after we began our At-Venture, we received an email from a friend who was pleased that I for one was not in Plymouth. A really simple little job was needed to be done on Council land but couldn’t be completed because no one on duty at the time was trained in the wearing of Wellington boots. My hair stood on end when I read said email. Since that time any similar ‘incidents’ are known as Wellygogs. This is yet another classic story. After our Mala walk we got back in the bus and David took us to see the twenty one million dollar car park........Talinguru Nyakunytjaku.
The Australian: Reporter Ross Barnett. 24th of October 2009.
On the dark side of Uluru's sunrise: A NEW viewing area at Uluru, built at a cost almost 10 times that of two sunrise locations on the northeast side of the monolith, has been put in the wrong spot, photographers say, placing the rock in shadow in the mornings during the popular winter season.
If a bus park can be called beautiful, then this is stunning.
Swinging round, this is the car park.
The red sand we have become accustomed in the area was apparently ‘not suitable’ so this sand surrounding the lovely blocks and walkways was imported, finer and posher. Now my hair has gone up and we both looked at each other and mouthed “Wellygogs”. Considering these pictures were taken mid-afternoon during high season................they speak volumes. We would come back for sunrise on the morrow and after parking we would walk for twenty minutes to the viewing platform that had to be built to get the ‘correct’ view’'.
The report from the official tourism folks: Talinguru Nyakunytjaku has opened to the public and all tour operators at 12.30 pm today (8th October 2009.) This new $21-million-dollar viewing area offers remarkable views of not only Uluru but the 36 head-shaped domes of Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas. As a reminder the turn off is sign posted from the new road and the destination has ample self-regulated parking for coaches (46 coach parking bays), which is separate from the car parking area. A map of Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is attached for your convenience. New road directional signage is excellent and the traffic congestion previously experienced at the old sunrise site area is a thing of the past.
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku offers visitors stunning new views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta from a previously inaccessible area of the park. The area allows visitors to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the wider desert landscape of spinifex covered dunes and swales, dotted with kurkura or desert oaks.
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku – views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta This destination captures both Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the same shot and offers a stunning 360-degree view of the surrounding World Heritage landscape. With no photography restrictions and the choice of three wiljtas (shelters), two viewing platforms and a few kilometres of walking track, you will be sure to find a spot that suits your needs.
Nice signage, nice path for the morrow.
Back on the bus, the light had changed yet again, definitely not a sunset viewing place.
We left the ‘beautiful’ car park and headed back to pick up the rest of the group who had done the full base walk. As we entered this car park a Japanese lady (complete with face mask) who we recognised from the Ghan Train was flapping her wing and pointing. David jumped out and rescued a thorny devil from the risk of becoming squadged. He brought the little chap to show us.
David told us the little lump on the back of his head was a water reservoir, later we found out this was not the case, but more later. A handsome little chap.
Next, a quick stop for the best view of Kata Tjuta. Then we set off for the sunset viewing place.........
ALL IN ALL A GREAT WELLYGOG TALE
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE, JUST THE COUNTRY