Australia 2010

A circumnavigation (with risks).

A very big red rock.

There is a very big red rock in the Australian outback. It is said to be well worth a visit, even if this involves driving hundreds and...

...and hundreds...

...and hundreds...

...of kilometers over dirt roads.

It's called Mt. Augustus and it is said to be the largest rock in the world! It's twice as big as Uluru (Ayers Rock), but alas not really very attractive, nor even very rock like. However any fleeting disappointment is soon forgotten when you arrive at the nearby Mt. Augustus Outback Tourist Complex.

Our guide book talked of a licenced restaurant, sadly not open when we were there. But we were relived that the toilets in our corner of the camp site were acceptable to the authorities and open.

The view of Mt. Augustus from the camp site (sorry Tourist Complex) was sympathetically enhanced by an unusual modern art exhibition featuring an extensive scrap-iron sculpture and...

...a re-cycled tyre installation.

In both works the artist seems to successfully contrast the sterility of modern industrial technology with the untidiness of untamed nature without overtly crossing the boundary between pedantry and pedagogy.