Palm Valley, Finke Gorge National Park, NT
‘There's nothing like going on the back of a camel at dawn to see the sunrise in the heart of my beloved Australia - Uluru'
Seeing Uluru at sunrise was a life-changing experience for Rookie, a father-of-two and pharmaceutical sales manager from Sydney. Uluṟu's sheer spiritual presence captivated Rookie and inspired him to see more of Australia.
“It revitalized me, recharged me, and made me forget the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle I live in,” Rookie said.
“In the outback, things are slower. I'm not sure if it's just the hot climate or that time seems to stand still. The camel ride is exceptional and surreal, but it was Uluṟu that really moved me. You could say the trip was almost spiritual.”
Rookie and his wife, along with some of Rookie's work colleagues, were in the Red Centre on a company incentive trip. They spent their days exploring the sacred sites with Aboriginal guides - walking around Uluṟu and through the steep, russet domes of neighbouring Kata Tjuṯa. At night they enjoyed lavish outback feasts and star-gazed beneath a brilliant desert sky, learning the Dreaming stories for different constellations.
“It made me realise that Australia has so much to offer,” said Rookie, who returned soon after to the Red Centre on a family vacation. This time, he and his wife made Alice Springs their base, so the children could experience the surrounding outback landscapes.