This ain’t just another rock!! As a couple of people tried to tell me before leaving. Must admit I don’t know why though, but I REALLY enjoyed it – so glad I didn’t opt out! As I was here on an overnight trip from Sydney, and consequently very short on time, I decided to visit at sunrise, and what an impeccable choice! Because on our way there, our driver was kind enough to do an unscheduled stop, so we could get a shot of the monolith when the sun’s first rays lighted the sky. IMO, that was even more impressive than the actual sunrise (witnessed from a man-made plateau packed with people) – however the accompanying cup of tea was nice and well-needed 🙂 After this we were dropped off at the base of the mountain. Here you could join a ranger-guided group walk, but me being me, I decided to walk around on my own. I knew I might be scarce on time to encircle the “rock”, so not being willing to miss my bus ride back to the hotel, and as a result my flight back to Sydney, I ended up doing about one third (in total two thirds, as I had to walk back as well…). One thing I didn’t have to take a stand on was whether or not to do the climb, as the winds were too strong and the trail was closed. Before arriving it was a 50:50 split, but I’m OK with not being allowed. After enjoying Uluru I had to walk 2 km through the outback to the visitor centre/Cultural Centre (return pick-up point). Loved walking through the outback, but not much to see at the centre – besides a dingo crossing the parking lot – that was cool! And to end it all off, we got a nice view of Kata Tjuta on the way back, even though far away.
I headed out to Ayers Rock with Uluru Express (uluruexpress.com.au), which is the perfect choice if you need transportation only. They run on a timetable, and you can choose when to go and when to return. At hotel pick-up just make sure you end up on the right bus – plenty of tour operators stop to pick up people, and not all know who and how many… – in other words a bit chaotic at times.