It is quite a drive to Uluru, heading west from the Stuart Hwy along the Red Centre Way. The boys were keen to keep an eye out for the big well known rock, and Daniel was the first to claim in excitement that he had spotted it. So much so that he was repeatedly singing ‘I was the first to see it’ whilst bouncing up and down on his seat in glee! Unfortunately for him, this is what he was looking at….
It isn’t till another 100km’s or so that Uluru is visible…!
That evening (Wed 23/7), after catching up with Nikki, we all drove in closer for our first encounter with Uluru – at sunset. Below is some of what we captured that evening.
Btw, I’ll add that all these images (including The Olgas, Kings Canyon etc) are straight off the camera. I have not done any editing (aside from resizing) to improve the colours/saturation/brightness to make the rocks etc look any better than they did at the time.
An early start Fri (25/7), as we were up to capture sunrise on the south eastern side of the rock (bit of a drive from the campground). Arrived there well in truly in time, and it was well and truly cold!!
Later on we took the opportunity to climb it, though after having a look at the start Jonathan chose to stay at the base (he is very cautious about heights). It is a steep climb in places, and took longer than I had expected (there is quite a long hike across the top) but the views are awesome. It is not just the steepness that makes it difficult, but more the traction (or lack of it) and hence risk of slipping. It’d be much easier if they cut stairs into it all the way up!! Not likely…. lol.
Thursday (31/7) we took the opportunity to do the base walk before heading off towards Alice Springs and saying goodbye to the area. However, we did it a little differently – on bikes! We’ve got two with us, and had to hire another two. At $30 / 3hrs he’s got a reasonable business going, but it was worthwhile. The track around the base extends a long way from the rock itself around the northern end. In the middle of the day it was quite hot, so it was pleasing to cruise past people wearily walking through the desert in this somewhat boring section!! However, other sections of the track were great – there are some quite lush nice areas in close, in the gorges in particular. Well worth either the 10/14km walk/ride.
Wow, that must be the longest post so far, and by a long way! Hope you all weren’t bored by the end!! Sorry, but my Mum very nicely asked for more pics of us…. It does cover several days at an iconic location!
Great destination/landmark which we enjoyed and was worth seeing. Uluru itself is not a place I’d go back to frequently for annual holidays or anything, but well worth doing once or twice in your life!