Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

 Lasseter Highway, Uluru NT 0872, Australia +61 8 8956 1128 Website 8am – 5pm Alice Springs Campervan Hire

imploregull (contributor)

Yet another iconic site. It was certainly worth seeing, but on the day we went there, due to strong winds, you could not climb it. No problem neither of us had intended to climb it and when we saw the vertical iron ladder used to climb it, we both knew we would never have got up there anyway – fear of heights.

We could not walk right round it as there were bush fires and it dangerous to do so. We walked part of the way round and saw that while it looks smooth from a distance, it isn’t close up. This walk was interesting and we enjoyed it.

Our trip should have included watching the sunset over the rock with a glass of champagne, but …… in the middle of one of the driest deserts on Earth it suddenly started to rain. Now I would just have enjoyed the rain but our guide ushered us all back onto the bus; took us to a carpark with shelter near the Ayers Rock Hotel where we had a barbeque dinner. Oh well, we did not see the sunset, but we did see a passing dingo.

This trip was way too long. Everyone, thankfully except the driver, was fast asleep when we finally made it back to Alice Springs.

mixergorilla (contributor)

A straightforward run to Ayers Rock with a stop at Erldunda for petrol. Toured the resort and visitors centre in the afternoon.  The visitors centre is still the same – very good.  Several new accommodations have been built.  The name has reverted from Yulara to Ayers Rock Resort, and the caravan park is now managed privately.  The prices are pretty much as they were 8 years ago, which brings them more back into line with other parks around.

The kids had a swim late afternoon and the water was still freezing.  Went out to take the obligatory sunset shots with thousands of others.  Luckily they now have opened another viewing area and segregated the buses from the cars which has made it much more civilised.

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