I’m not really a huge fan of really touristy sights, i’d much rather head ‘off the beaten track’ as they say and see something new and exciting, wouldn’t we all really? So honestly I wasn’t that excited about Ayers Rocks, sure it’d be good to see but it’s just a big rock right? Well I will be wary of being cynical again because I really loved Uluru, it was honestly one of the best things I’ve seen in Australia!
We managed our ridiculously early get up that morning and drove down fairly slowly, we’d spoken to a group of people the night before who had hit a cow a couple of km from the campsite, didn’t fancy that! But it was only around an hour from Curtin Springs which was great, especially when we’d got to camp for free instead of paying $38 for an unpowered site at Uluru! We paid our $25 each park fee, which sounds steep compared to other national parks but it is worth it, then drove the last 15km to the sunrise car park. There’s a big viewing platform and surprisingly there weren’t as many hundreds of people there as I thought and it was easy to get a good spot to watch the sun come up. Spoiler- the sun does not actually come up over Ayers Rock! it comes up to the right hand side and casts all the great colours over the rock, but I think we were expecting it to come up over it for some reason, maybe everyone else knew that and it was just us! Once we’d seen the sunrise we went to the Cultural Centre which is pretty interesting, then drove to the base of Uluru and had a bit of a drive/walk round to see all the different sides.
approaching uluru in the dark.
uluru mid sunrise.
sunrise selfie, the only filtered picture cus 4.30am start = bags under the eyes!
The famous/infamous climb was closed the morning that we were there due to strong winds, although I’d said before we arrived that I didn’t really want to do it because of what I’d read about it being disrespectful to the aboriginal owners. Now I don’t have a problem with anyone climbing the rock at all, that’s completely up to each individual, but the Aboriginal people could have completely closed the Uluru area off to the public if they wanted to, but they didn’t, they still allowed us to build our tourist resorts there, camp there and drop litter whilst taking our pouting selfies in front of this rock that is really significant to their culture. So considering all that and how interested in Aboriginal culture I am, I respected their request that we don’t climb the rock and stuck to selfies and admiring from the base. On a serious note, if you do tackle the climb, it is hella steep and 35 people have died from attempting it so be careful!
a few close ups of the rock.
Once we were done admiring the giant rock we drove over to Kata Tjuta or ‘The Olgas’, another massive rock formation that looks way more awesome in person than it does in pictures. Kata Tjuta is actually 200m taller than Uluru but gets way less attention, there are also sunrise and sunset viewpoints there as well which would be awesome to see.
Riding a camel has never been high on my list of things to do but when we passed the Camel Farm on our way back from fueling the car up (petrol is $2.03 per litre at Uluru, I nearly cried) we decided we definitely had to have a go. $15 each for 10 minutes round a paddock seemed pretty reasonable to me and you can see Uluru in the background which means some pretty cool pictures too. My camel was named Coober and Sammy’s was called Oprah, such funny creatures and from the right angle they look like they’re smiling at you, ha! If you fancy having a go then for so cheap I’d definitely say have a go whilst you’re there.
camels ready to go.