Day – 7 Uluru
The drive up to Uluru was one of our easiest and we indulge ourselves and stop at a scenic coffee stop at Curtin Springs. Bit of a waste of time as the coffee was instant and putrid. The only highlight was giving back a very expensive camera to a bus passenger who had left it behind, needless to say he was very appreciative. We pack our capes up and get back in the Pajero where we drive up the road at our now laid back speed of 90 k’s an hour which makes a huge difference to not only to our fuel range but also our manner which is now chilled and relaxed. At he side of the road we see a couple of huge eagles feasting on a dead kangaroo who we hoped had no Joey on board when ran over.
We head toward Yulara we get our first look at Ayres Rock and it does not disappoint.
On arriving at the Ayres Rock Resort we get in the usual line of people waiting to get booked in to their spot. We get our allocated spot and as we drive round yep, not happy. It is next to a BBQ area and a set of bins, so back I go and we get a new spot which is way better and we get the van in and set up for what will be our base for the next three nights. We are also given a guest I.d pass which is for the purchasing of alcohol within the resort, no pass no drink. We are joined later by our new neighbours who just happen to be the truck with the 4 X 4 on the trailer. Turns out they are a couple from Brisbane who have three very young daughters and are travelling in the same direction as us on almost the same times, so I think we will see more of them as we head north. After a walk round and nosey about we head off to watch the sunset at Ayers Rock and we pay $25.00 each which gives a three day park pass. Turns out we are not alone as there are heaps of people who have done the same thing and seem to think it’s a street party complete with booze with nibbles whilst their offspring crap all over our zen moment of attempted tranquility with a banshee version of hide and scream. The rock is breathtaking though with the sun setting and the light changing every five minutes, pic’s can’t possibly do it justice. This of course doesn’t stop us taking a few of our own to dispel this theory.
Day – 8 Uluru
Next day we are up early and head back to the rock for a classic sunrise. It is a cold morning -1 but we are rugged up and amazingly there are a million people it seems up early as well. When the sun finally rises the scene is jaw dropping as are the views over to Kata Tjuta. Words won’t do it justice so have a look at the pic’s which have not been altered in any way. The cultural centre is our next stop one for a coffee and two for a walk round and take in the story of the local aboriginal people. We don’t spend too long here as at 10am there is an Uluru base walk with one of the park rangers. We are quite surprised at how close we get to the rock and enjoyed the education from the locals which gives an added understanding and appreciation of the history and geology on offer. Amazingly people are still climbing the rock when there are signs requesting you not too as it is offensive to the local aboriginals. Apparently the tourist board are quoted as saying that if people are not allowed to climb then the tourists will stop coming which of course is bullshit and in fact there is only one more year left where climbing will be allowed we are told.
Now wide awake and with the sun becoming hotter, we head back to the resort to collect our bikes and return to the base where we will cycle round the entire structure.
This was certainly a great way to get round although there were a few Segway tours competing for the space at times. Now getting a wee bit tired we head back to the resort and head up to the viewing area for yet another sunset from a different angle both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are easily seen and although not as stunning as being closer we only had to walk 100 meters for this one and were able take our stubble holders with us.
We give ourselves a treat this morning and have a lie in and a lazy breakfast before we take the drive back in to the park once more. This time we head to Kata Tjuta which is about a 50k drive in the usual bright sunshine. Straight to the viewing platform for more jaw dropping views and yep, more pic’s. Interestingly this part of the park is very much quieter with less greetin weans, bliss. Next on the list is a walk of about 8 k’s which we thought was pretty precarious in places as there were lot’s of loose rocks mixed with some pretty steep inclines and declines. It was great to get some real exercise and the sunshine was so bright with the bluest sky we have ever seen on show. We stop with about 2.5 k’s to go and munch in to our chicken rolls and heaps of water before getting up before we might not be able too and press on to the finish. Feeling like we might attempt just one more walk we head to the Walpa Gorge and attack the Valley of the winds walk which is only 2.6 k’s and takes you deep in to Gorge and gives you a feeling of being very small. Once back at the car we are very much knackered and get back straight in to hot showers then beers and wine rewards are inhaled too easily. We only have a couple though as we are being collected by coach at 5.50 am to head back to the park for the Field of Lights sunrise event. We get the van ready for a sharp exit and we will leave Uluru and head for our next destination which will be three nights at the Kings Creek Station. This will be a pretty easy drive of about three and a half hours.