Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmarks. The sandstone formation stands 348 m high, rising 863 m above sea level with most of its bulk lying underground, and has a total circumference of 9.4 km Both Uluru and the nearby Tjuta formation have great cultural significance for the Aṉangu people, the traditional inhabitants of the area, who lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush food and the Aboriginal dreamtime stories of the area.
Andre and Willy went back in the early hours of today in order to explore a bit more of Uluru and its surrounding area – mainly “The Olgas”
Kata Tjuta, Kata Tjuta (lit. ‘many heads’), also known as the Olgas, is a group of large, domed rock formations or bornhardts located about 360 km southwest of Alice Springs, in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, located 25 km to the east, and Kata Tjuta form the two major landmarks within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The park is considered sacred to the Aboriginal people of Australia
At the behest of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Mount Olga was named in 1872 by Ernest Giles, in honour of Queen Olga of Württemberg (born Grand Duchess Olga of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas I ). She and her husband, King Charles I of Württemberg, had marked their 25th wedding anniversary the previous year by, amongst other things, naming Mueller a Freiherr (baron), making him Ferdinand von Mueller; that was his way of repaying the compliment.
From the Olga Mountains the boys made it back to Uluru to once more take a few pictures -this time in daylight.
To celebrate this visit to one of Australia’s most famous landmarks the boys decided to have one of their precious T58 beers which they brought with them from East London.
Having refuelled Lipstick at the Mount Ayre resort’s petrol station the boys realised some wet oil spots on the pipes leading to the Turbo drive.
The car also lost a considerable amount of power and could not achieve speeds higher then 120km/h or over 3100 revs/min.
The boys decided to drive down to Port Augusta where they found the nearest Toyota dealer but staying overnight at Marla first.
Marla is a town and locality in the Australian state of South Australia located in the state’s north-west about 970 kilometres north-west of the state capital of Adelaide and about 402 kilometres south of the town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory
The town includes a health centre operated on behalf of the state government by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, a regional police station and a privately-owned complex called the Marla Travellers Rest which is described as consisting of “roadhouse, hotel and motel, restaurant, service station, supermarket and much more
At the 2016 census, Marla had a population of 100.