Today we woke up bright and early to set off on the base walk around Uluru. We began the walk at 8 am and finished at around 10.30 am. The winding track that was 10.4 km long offered multiple points of view of the ‘Rock’. We stopped at the different caves that displayed original rock artworks that depicted the lives of the ancient civilization. After completing the base walk, Martha led us on a tour of the Cultural Centre, where she shared with us the significant values of Aboriginal culture. These involved the importance of understanding and abiding by the law, participating in traditional ceremonies, loyalty to the family, creating and using tools and much more.
After finishing the tour around 12.30 pm, we then came back to the campsite where we had hot dogs for lunch prepared by Josie, our fantastic cook. With our stomachs full, we explored the small and cosy town of Yulara, where we purchased some last minute souvenirs.
The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing in our tents and playing a competitive game of Uno. We then had an early dinner at 5.30 pm, our final dinner in the Northern Territory, when we enjoyed some cheesy nachos and yummy burritos. For dessert, we ate passionfruit cheesecake.
As it was our last full day on the Indigenous Immersion Trip, we finished the day by heading down to Sunset Strip to purchase some original paintings crafted by the local Aboriginal people as well as watch the sunset.
Once back at the campsite, we enjoyed some icy-poles and reflected on the amazing events of the last few days in our journals, then it was off to bed to rest up for an early morning sunrise viewing of Uluru. Tomorrow, we will pack up our camp gear one last time before our flight home to Melbourne and reflect on this enriching experience which allowed us to deepen our knowledge of Indigenous history, culture, and spirituality.