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    Grey Rock

    by Hewer Written Jul 25, 2004

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    Favorite thing: After a period of rain, Ayers Rock takes on a purplish-greyish hue. This is the result of the rainwater reacting to the oxidised iron and other minerals on the surface of the monolith.

    I`d recommend heading out to one of the designated sunset viewing areas to take this in (see my Ayers Rock Sunset tip in `Must See Activities` for more details). There`ll be few people there outside of the period before sunset.

    Ayers Rock by Storm
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    The motel at the gate

    by 850prc Updated Jun 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Right at the main entry area to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta lands is a lodge, the Yulara Outback Lodge. There are also a couple of "malls" with grocery stores, snack shops and clothing outlets. This area is the civilized part of the park.

    We were stuck around the Yulara Lodge one afternoon on our way BACK to Alice Springs. Due to the complications that often arise when travelling in the Outback, we had to wait about six hours for a bus service back to Alice. The folks at Yulara were friendly enough, but theres one very negative thing... You cannot buy a beer or any alcohol unless you are STAYING at the lodge. It's the rules laid down by the Anangu owners of the area. Gotta admit that it made very little sense to me, as a couple of beers would have made the hours go by more quickly.

    One thing that IS nice is that there are public showers...we found it quite refreshing to slip over for a quick shower to get some of the Uluru camping dust from our bodies. I"m not sure if we were "allowed" to use these showers, as we were not guests. But enforcement on the showers is much more lax than the serving of alcohol.

    Fondest memory: I can't imagine staying at the Yulara Lodge. If you came this far, you'd want to go out to Uluru itself and camp. And if you're into luxury camping, there is one place (Latitude something or other) that will feed your need for foo-foo camping and Zen to the tune of about $800 a night. But if you do want to visit the Outback Pioneer Lodge, to to www.voyages.com.au

    Yulara itself is just a motel, albeit a clean and friendly one.

    Then again, had we been stuck there for the night, I suppose I would have checked in and then RAN (not walked) back to the bar.

    Outback Pioneer Lodge at Yulara

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    Territory Flag of the Northern Territories

    by xuessium Written Apr 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Extracted:
    ..."The Northern Territory doesn't have a 'blue duster' like all other Australian states. It was the first internal or external Australian territory to adopt a flag post-Federation (1901) in 1978 upon the granting of self government. The main device is a stylised local flower - Sturt's Desert Rose with the seven petals forming a seven pointed star symbolic of the Territory as potentially the seventh state. The Southern Cross represents NT's location. The colour Ochre represents the NT earth and the black panel is regarded by some as representing the aboriginal people"...

    (http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/au-.html)

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    Australian Native Aboriginal Flag

    by xuessium Written Apr 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Extracted and condensed:
    ..."The aboriginal flag consists of a yellow circle (the sun) on a horizontally divided field of black (the night sky) and red (the red earth, presumably this was from a group of Northern Territory aboriginals)

    An alternative explanation is that black represents the skin color of the people, red the land, and the yellow disc represents the sun.

    There has never been any definite symbolism given to the colours by the flag's supposed designer, Harold Thomas. There are several different interpretations; black has been said to symbolise Aboriginal skin and the night sky. Red can either be the red desert earth of the Aboriginal blood spilt over the last 200 or so years"...

    http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/au-abo.html

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    Entry Fee & Opening hours of National Park

    by xuessium Updated Nov 20, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The amount is A$16.25 (circa Jun 2003) and is valid for 3 consecutive days. Children under 16, could enter the park for free.

    OPENING HOURS:
    December-February: 5.00am-9.00pm
    March: 5.30am-8.30pm
    Apr: 6.00am-8.00pm
    May: 6.00am-7.30pm
    Jun & Jul: 6.30am - 7.30pm
    Aug: 6.00am - 7.30pm
    Sep: 5.30am - 7.30pm
    Oct: 5.00am - 8.00pm
    Nov: 5.00am - 8.30pm

    Fondest memory: You can email:
    uluru.informationdesk@ea.gov.au
    for more info.
    Tel: 61889563138
    Fax: 61889563139

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    A reason to go

    by iandsmith Written Oct 1, 2014

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    Favorite thing: I have to admit here to a bias. I really wasn't visiting the area to see Uluru, though obviously it was on my agenda; no, Kata Tjuta was my goal. Everyone who knows me that has been there told me to do the "Valley of the Winds".
    The following is my story of that day, " THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY
    The whole trip hadn’t been about one thing, but if it had been, Valley of the Winds would have been it. Of all the things I planned to see, this was the most cherished.
    I’d risen early, heck, I was even under way before the sun reached over the horizon after a night at Curtis Springs, some 100 kms distant from Uluru NP. I cruised along, anticipation building as I conjured up things I might see today; excitement was in the air. I rocked up to the park entrance and got a three day pass and soldiered on, pictures of Kata Tjuta flowing through my brain and I took the turn off and saw the sign, “Valley Of The Winds – CLOSED”. The red background of the sign matched the colour of my complexion as expletive deleteds in considerable numbers burst from my lips. I couldn’t believe it; I was totally shattered, devastated and felt like my whole holiday was in ruins.

    Fondest memory: At the first lookout on the road I stopped and tried to make sense of it. There’d been no other warning, no reason given forth; I could only assume that it was because the temperature seemed like it would be hot and that Occ. Health and Safety had taken over. I moved off again until I reached the Valley of the Winds carpark turn off and decided to go see what the problem was. Well, the problem was you couldn’t get a park!
    Here a tourist bus, there two motorhomes, elsewhere a dozen 4WDs. I stopped and asked a tour guide what was going on and referred to the sign. He said it was open as far as he knew and said they often closed it at 11 a.m. on hot days. I replied I understood that but it was only 8.30 and obviously a lot of other people had driven past the sign because they were coming in behind me.
    Suddenly my joy was manifest, my smile permanent, my enthusiasm bursting as I packed and set off behind a small group.
    Immediately this walk has impact. There’s something about these massive mounds of conglomerate that exude power and dominance. The embedded rocks are the size of a clenched fist and bigger, apparently remnants of a landscape that was inundated by the sea 600 million years ago before the whole thing was lifted and then eroded to form the inselbergs we see today. Mount Olga, at 1,066 metres, is around 110 metres taller from the surrounding plain than Uluru and, up close and personal, it feels it.

    Looking side on at Kata Tjuta The bulbous southern view First lookout on the Valley of the Winds Kata Tjuta panorama from the lookout Mount Olga on the right
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    Kata Tjuta 2

    by iandsmith Written Oct 1, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Kata Tjuta means many heads and the peak that sits beside you as you start out on the trail has no apparent name and is 40 metres lower than Mount Olga. The walk is a rubber necker’s delight; you have to keep gazing aloft in awe as the scenery sweeps you up in its grasp and then you crest the first small rise and tempting glimpses of others come into the scene beyond. The path then descends to Kara Lookout where the distant domes can be better viewed but, already from those on the trail, I’m hearing about the second lookout.
    Just after Kara the trail turns right, heading up a narrow canyon on a goat track where a sometime waterfall is traversed. Massive boulders carrying huge stones line up beside you, torn from the mountain aeons ago. The dark stain of the watercourses streak the cliffs and are in stark contrast to the orange rocks; the holes from whence these boulders came add decorations to an already mesmerizing vista.
    Then you’re turning left, moving steadily upwards, noting yet another peak looming on the right in this fertile canyon with its appropriate name. The air bursts through the channel afforded it by the domes and bows the plants as it whistles by.
    There’s now a sense of anticipation as you near Karingana, the second lookout, and the truly wonderful spectacle as you reach the top does not disappoint. Looking behind or in front will have you shaking your head trying to take at least some of it in. There’s such a contrast in colour as well, all dependent upon the time of day you’ve arrived. The distant domes are a brooding brown while behind me the ochres of granite, gneiss and basalt are dazzling in the early morning sun.

    Fondest memory: The steep drop now takes you to the grassy plain below utilizing the rough track until it levels out and becomes a lot easier. Here it’s a different world, less dramatic, perhaps more pretty but still windblown. It sweeps around to the left and continues up another incline until, looking to your rear, you have clear sweeping views of the band of lesser domes to the south some of the 36 all told. They appeared so bulbous from the other side this morning at the viewpoint yet from here they appear as benign bubbles floating on a sea of spinifex and desert oak.
    Ahead there’s a welcome drink station with cool H2O and shade and many stop here, glad for the drink and glad for a reason to pause. I, too, relax and reflect and think how this walk fulfilled my expectations and then some. I never thought I’d do a walk in Australia that would rival those done in Karijini, but this one certainly did.
    Most of the 2.6 kms back to the carpark goes over the initial path and my legs aren’t too happy after days of endless rocky paths and inclines, but there’s still Uluru to go.

    Panorama from the valley Heading back Erosion holes Looking back to the second lookout The domes of Kata Tjuta
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    Best time to visit Yulara-Uluru-Kata Tjuta

    by xuessium Written Apr 1, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The best time to visit would be in winter (May-July) when the weather is dry and cool with little chance of rain. You get brilliant blue skies set against crimson red earth - just fantastic for photography!

    Uluru
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    Uluru

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Uluru alias Ayers Rock alias 'The Rock', it is here in the 'red centre' we find one of Australia's most recognisable icons and the worlds largest monolith is found in the national park with the same name.

    Red Center of Outback in Australia Red Sandy Soil
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    World Heritage List

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: 1985 the land was officially returned to is traditional owners, the region's Aborigines, who since then leased the area to the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. In 1987 the park was placed on the World Heritage List.

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    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Uluru rises 348 m (1,142 ft) from the desert floor and has a circumference of about 9 km (6 mi). Made of arkosic sandstone, Uluru is spectacular at sunset, when its colour appears to change from red to purple. About 70 million years ago it was an island in a large lake.

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    Hiking

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Visitors can make tough 1.6km walk to the top or take a walking tour around the rock with an aboriginal guide , learning about its fascinating with the Uluru people and its importance in dreamtime legend.

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    Explore

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: There are also many caves to explore at the base of the rock and if you happen to see the rock on a rare rainy day, you will see hundreds of waterfalls that flow down the unusual groves in the side of the monolith.

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    Best time to see the rock

    by sneakye Written Feb 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In my personal opinion - the rock is best at sunset.
    I saw the rock both at sunrise and sunset.
    It's freezing cold in the mornings and you have to get up really early
    (and if you are not a early riser - i'm talkin like 5am) you're not going
    to amused. We saw the sunrise after the sunset and it was dissapointing,
    I was cold and tired and then had to go on a walk through the olgas - of
    course in no time it got really hot and i had to take all the layers off that
    I had worn in the morning.
    Needless to say - the sunset is amazing - take lots of photos. The rock
    really does change colours it is fantastic.

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  • Free Park Passes

    by yankinwaoz Written Apr 21, 2006

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    Favorite thing: To visit Uluru or The Olgas, you have to have a park pass. They cost $25AUD and are good for 3 days.

    I found that sometimes you can get a free "used" park pass from visitors that are leaving early. Some people only go for one day, so their park pass is still good for 2 more days.

    The passes have an expiration date on them. The holder is supposed to print their name of them, I suppose to prevent the pass from being given to others.

    Standing at the campground office waiting for a bus, I found that campers checking out would offer me their un-expired tickets.

    So if you are on a really tight budget, then perhaps you can ask people checking out if you can have their ticket. They are easy to spot because they park their vehicals on the outbound lane and run into to check out of the office.

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