Into The Vastlands - A Photo Journal by Sam Chirnside

After a long enduring year of repetitive lockdowns and restrictions interstate. Forcing us to all slow down and recalibrate. You start to build an appreciation for the simpler things life offers. Whilst valuing what you had before taken for granted. With these times of uncertainty, any window of opportunity needs to be taken full advantage of. With this in mind, we thought it's perfect timing to explore our backyard (Australia). With only a week of planning and waiting for borders to open up. We set off into the desert on route to the heart of Australia. From the quirky underground plethora in Coober Pedy. Which included legendary croc hunter caves to an underground Serbian Orthodox church. Bizarre scenery is endless, mole-like hills from opal mining stretch as far as the eye can see. Journeying into sun-drenched lunar-Esque landscapes of The Breakaways. Onto the vast highway stretch into the Red Centre. We were lucky enough to witness a rare event of cascades on these natural rock forms, which left us in awe and wonder. You immediately feel the spiritual and cultural significance these lands have. Whilst opening our minds to the infinite beauty our country offers. It's a trip that's left us with ingrained memories of red dust, flies and cosmic desert skies - Sam Chirnside 

 

Editors Note - Kata Tjuta is sacred to the Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. The sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta are believed to be about 500 million years old.

For Indigenous people associated with the park (Anangu), their culture has always existed here. The Central Australian landscape, of which Uluru and Kata Tjuta are an important part, is believed to have been created at the beginning of time by ancestral beings. In the beginning the world was unformed and featureless. Ancestral beings emerged from this void and journeyed widely, creating all living species and the characteristic features of the desert landscape you see today. Uluru and Kata Tjuta provide physical evidence of feats performed during the creation period. Anangu are the direct descendants of these beings and are responsible for the protection and appropriate management of these ancestral lands. The knowledge necessary to fulfil these responsibilities has been passed down from generation to generation in the form of the Tjukurpa, or Anangu law

Uluru-Kata Tjuta is a special place and Anangu encourage you to learn about this place. It is a place where visitors have the opportunity to experience a sense of wonder of the natural and cultural values