Alice Springs > Uluru
There’s something to be said for watching sunrise over Uluru. It’s humbling to know that in the middle of the outback, natural beauty and culture are key forces and Uluru rules both of them.
We departed our hotel and made or way through the outback headed for Uluru. Our first stop on this journey was a Camel farm. Besides camels, there were a few kangaroos and other AustralIian wildlife to view. For a small fee you could ride a Camel which we did. There were 2 camels taking ridestoday. Sparky, an ex race camel and Gismo, the biter. Guess which one I ended up on!
After our short break was up we loaded back on the bus headed to Uluru. Everywhere you looked was red dust and brittle plants. It really gave you a good impression at how vast the outback really was. We also made a short stop at Mt Ebenezer art gallery which was a small building along the side of the road where local Aboriginal people painted art for a small fee to put towards their community. Of course I bought myself a canvas 🙂
Back on the coach we headed towards Mt Conner which was a large plateau way off in the distance. The locals refer to Mt Conor as the fake Uluru or “fool-uru”. We also passed Lake Amadeus which was a large salt flat in the middle of the outback. The contrast between the deep red outback dust and the bright white salt flat was bizzare. We were to visit at a later stage of our trip so we didn’t stop.
After another hour or so we finally arrived at Uluru as the locals call it, or otherwise known as Ayers Rock. A huge mound of red rose up from the horizon further the closer we got. We stopped at the sunset viewing platform a fair distance from the rock to get some photos while it was quiet. We were told that when we returned later to watch sunset we wouldn’t be the only group there.
Or guide Shorty took us closer to the rock for a short walk and gave us some demonstrations on how it was formed. We visited “Kapi Mutitjulu” which is the most reliable watering hole at Uluru. He also told us one of the Aboriginal stories based around this watering hole at Uluru, Liru and Kuniya.
We headed back to the sunset viewing platform which, as Shorty had predicted earlier, was fairly busy. We drank champagne and watched the sunset over the horizon. As the sunlight faded the rock almost seemed to change colour from that familiar deep red to a purple hue.
As dusk had fallen it was time to make our way to Yulara and our accommodation for the night. We were staying in “The Outback Pioneer” in Ayers Rock Resort. Once we’d checked into our rooms, we headed back to the bar/restaurant area for dinner. Tonights meal was a DIY BBQ. We chose our own meat (I opted for beef) and we made our way to the cooking area to grill it, which I thought was a pretty good idea. What better way to ensure your meat had been cooked to how you like it, then to cook it yourself.
After dinner we headed to the shower block before going back to our room. We had a 4am start the next morning for a 10km base walk around Uluru, and having only landed in Australia yesterday I was excited for bed.