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In the rain

Uluru in the rain

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Sometimes it's a matter of being in the right place at the right time!

Jules Lund and the Getaway crew headed to Uluru to bring you some exciting stories, but quite literally out of the blue, things changed! The skies opened and the usually sun-drenched Uluru became deluged as Mother Nature put on one incredible show.

What classifies a desert is the amount of rainfall it receives. Uluru-Kata Tjuta receives just 308mm a year. Not much at all, so you should consider it lucky if you get to see Uluru in the rain.

The rain that does fall is very unpredictable. It can happen any time of the year. Sometimes in winter, low pressure troughs moving across southern Australia extend north to Uluru to produce cold weather and occasional widespread rain. More rain falls in summer. This is usually from tropical depressions or ex-cyclones that have petered out after crossing the northern Australian coastline.

Well, the crew lucked out and was there for one of the heaviest falls in years. It has been one of the wettest winters on record and the wettest July for forty years. Light rain fell steadily all day and by late afternoon on July 11, it was becoming heavier, a dark cloud was gathering over the Rock and everyone knew they were in for something special.

At around 5:30pm, with the light fading, everything took on a magical feel. Only a few brave souls ventured towards the base of the rock, splashing through torrents of water as the crashing sound of instant waterfalls became louder and louder.

The dry ground just didn't absorb the volume and in no time there was almost enough water to go rapid shooting. Well, at least enough to go kayaking.

It went as quickly as it had arrived and next morning everything was back to the way the postcards always show Uluru. Standing grandly, surrounded by blue skies and glowing in the sun.

The desert welcomes any rain.


Alice Springs in the centre of Australia.

More information

Northern Territory Tourist Commission
Tourism House
43 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
Ph: 13 61 10
Fax: (08) 8951 8550

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