Uluru Journals

3 Days in the Red Centre

A March 2003 trip to Uluru by Koentje3000

Kings Canyon Rim Walk Photo, Northern Territory, Australia More Photos
Quote: We did a 3-day camping trip to the Ayers Rock region. The rock is maybe the most famous landmark in the country, but it is definitely not the red centre's only sight.

3 Days in the Red Centre

Overview

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Ayers Rock is probably Australia's most famous landmark, together with the Sydney Opera House. It appears on many lists of the world's most impressive sights. It is a must-see sight in this area of the country, together with the less-famous Olgas. The Rock lies in a semi-desert with beautiful red sand. Temperature can rise up to 50°C and higher during the day and may drop as low as 10°C during the night.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Due to the large distances to any large settlement, including Alice Springs (450km away), make sure you have enough money ready if you want to book a trip to this area. We booked a trip to the area in Brisbane: a plane ticket from...Read More
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Yulara is a small town close to Ayers Rock and the Olgas. The town's only purpose is getting money from the tourists coming to view the natural wonders of the red centre, Ayers Rock, which is still some 20km (12 miles). Long gone are the times that one could just sleep in a hut or a tent at the foot of the rock. The town has its own airport, although it's cheaper to fly to Alice Springs. There are many places to stay, especially if you have enough money. A bunk bed in one of the hostels will cost you at least S$35. The trip we did included accommodation in a big tent in Yulara, accommodating our whole group (20 persons). Camping will be about the only cheapish way to stay overnight in Yulara...Read More

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Yulara Resort
Yulara Resort
Ayers Rock, Australia

Kings Canyon Rim Walk

Attraction | "Kings Canyon"

Kings Canyon Rim Walk Photo, Northern Territory, Australia
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Our first view of the red centre was definitely an amazing one. It's quite a long and boring bus trip around 3 hours, or 300km from Alice Springs to the Canyon, and we had to leave early. But the sight of the canyon is gorgeous. It was formed by a river cutting through the red rock. The river, if it flows, runs 200m lower than the edge of the canyon. We hiked along the edge. If you do this, you can go down into the canyon at one place called the "Garden of Eden." This is a permanent water hole carved out into the rock. Weather permitting, you can take a dip in the pool here, but surprisingly, the water is cold. Also, make sure not to forget to wear a mosquito net on your head, because the sa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2006

Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Alice Springs
Northern Territory

Ayers Rock Tour

Attraction | "Ayers Rock (Uluru)"

Ayers Rock Tour Photo, Uluru, Australia
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Ayers Rock is part of the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Its aboriginal name is Uluru. I've seen different definitions for this name, ranging from "large pebble" to "meeting place." I have no idea which one is correct. The colour of the rock can be very different throughout the day, reaching its characteristic red colour, seen on so many pictures, only during the evening sunset. For the rest of the day, the shade varies from beige to pale orange and even to a dark bluish colour at dusk. From a distance, the rock appears to have a smooth surface, but seen up close, there are holes, caves, and cracks that break up the surface.

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Ayers Rock Tour

Ayers Rock, Australia

Ayers Rock Tour

Attraction | "Ayers Rock Part II"

Ayers Rock Tour Photo, Uluru, Australia
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Close by is a visitor centre displaying aboriginal art of the surrounding area. Apparently, out of respect to the aboriginal culture, you should not climb the rock. When we were there, you were not allowed to climb the rock anyway due to the strong winds. If it is allowed, you should be at the rock before 8am, because otherwise it becomes too hot to climb.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2006

Ayers Rock Tour

Ayers Rock, Australia

Kata Tjuta/The Olgas

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Attraction | "The Olgas (Kata Tjuta)"

Kata Tjuta/The Olgas Photo, Uluru, Australia
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Another famous landmark in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is The Olgas. They are a bunch of rounded rocks, of which the highest point is called Mount Olga. Its discoverer, Ernest Giles, named it after Queen Olga of Würtemberg. The aboriginal name, Kata Tjuta, means "many heads." This name is not so remarkable when you approach the rocks. Due to the flat terrain, one can see them already from Ayers Rock, although the site is still 50km away.Personally, I found The Olgas even more impressive than Ayers Rock, especially from a distance. Their change in shade throughout the day is similar to the Ayers Rock. If you take a tour to the area, they will not stop so long at The Olgas, as they are ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2006

Kata Tjuta/The Olgas

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory