Exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta!

Uluru has been high on my list of places to explore and 5 years after starting my adventure across Australia, I’ve finally made it to the centre.

We spent a night at the Yulara Campground where the facilities were fantastic. There were people of all ages and backgrounds there and the atmosphere was great.

Waking up up at 5:30 we headed off to meet the sunrise at Uluru. Arriving before the tour busses, we had the chance to enjoy the stillness of central Australia.

The sunrise started as a dud with clouds blocking the light. By 6:45, all the tour busses had left. We were glad we had driven, not having an itinerary meant we could hang around till the light changed and boy was it worth it!

Photo Tip: If you’re looking to take a photo, the best spot isn’t from the viewing platform, it’s actually on the bottom pathway. I’ll post a map soon!

After the sunrise, we checked out the cultural centre. Seeing the rock is one thing, learning about the land and the people on it was even more fascinating. It’s incredible to think that people survived in such an arid climate.

With a little more knowledge packed in, we drove to the base of Uluru, determined to walk around it. An 11km walk with a gazetted walking time of 3.5 hours. The four of us (at various levels of fitness) did it in 3 hours.

The climb to the top was closed due to the high wind that day. It didn’t bother us, we’d already committed to not climbing the rock, based on the wishes of the traditional land owners.

Almost walked out, we headed to the Tata Tjuta’s to check out the valley of the winds. 6km of hiking though rocky country. The view at the end? Incredible! Definitely worth the trek!

After a few photos from the two lookouts (sunset platform/dune lookout), we started on the long drive to our next camp. We pulled up at a rest stop 2 hours from Alice Springs at 10pm.

A serving of tinned soup and we were out like lights.

My journey to 5km in 20 minutes

I found this image during one of my internet tours. It’s been 12 weeks since I started my challenge to run 5km in under 25 minutes. I posted 6 weeks ago when I basically reached that goal, although, I had a couple of low intensity sections in between. At that point, I also set a new goal to reach 5Km in 20 minutes.

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The Bible: The TL;DR Version

Recently, I came across this condensed version of the bible. I have no idea where it originated but the person that came up with it did pretty well. Past, Present and Future, I think we’re always going to need the grace of Jesus to get anywhere!

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Citizens & Saints: Made Alive

This song has been at the top of my playlist for the last couple days. A great tune and fantastic lyrics. Check out some of the incredible truths in this great song by Citizens & Saints, a band that was born out of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, USA. Zach Bolen, the lead singer is passionate about seeing everyone worshiping Jesus and it shows though in their latest self titled album citizens.

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Be ready to explain your faith

If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. – 1 Peter 3:15

I remember the first time that someone asked me about my faith and I freaked out. I wasn’t sure what to say or how to explain it. As a new Christian all I had was ‘I just believe’. A powerful statement of my faith in the hope that Jesus offered but without explainable foundation.

If you’ve committed to living life under Christ, the most powerful explanation that you have is in your story. In fancy words, it’s your testimony. I’ve often asked people about their story and they’ll start with “Well, it’s not that interesting…”. Here’s the thing, in Christ, your story is powerful. Every decision you make and every challenge you overcome is testament to your life in the Father.

Each step in your journey with Christ has eternal significance. You can’t say that’s not interesting.

Sharing our hope as Christians isn’t about attacking others for the things that they’re doing wrong, it’s about understanding the shortcomings that we’ve overcome in our own lives though Christ. It’s about sharing how the love and grace of Jesus in our past experiences has redefined our eternal future.

Consider your story, how can you better share it to emphasise the impact Jesus has had in your life.

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