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Favorite thing: Uluru is only a rock, but what a rock!Please be aware that Uluru is now often closed for climbing, due to the sensitivity of the local indigenous people and safety considerations. So don't expect to climb Uluru. It was always extremely dangerous anyway. Each year there were deaths from the climbing. This is a tragic fact of the steep and difficult climb and many tourists being not up to the effort and not admitting their lack of fitness. The walk around Uluru is easy and has plenty of points of interest. The round trip takes about two hours for fit people in a hurry, but can take three and a half / four hours if you like to dawdle.
Please note ; The Olgas are under rated so go for a wander around them, always take water.
If you wear glasses, even sunglasses, consider having a strap or strong thread connecting them around your neck. If you knock the glasses off when swatting at flies, you can lose or break them. Sunglasses are highly recommended in the Outback of Australia, all year round.
Consider a mesh face protecter that can hang from your broad brimmed hat. It may look unfashionable, but is a great way of protecting yourself from flies and sunburn.
Fondest memory: The vastness of the flat desert contrasts with the huge lump of Uluru, which is sitting at ninety degrees to the position that it was laid down hundreds of millions of years ago. What mighty force tipped this humongous rock on its side? How big was it when it was made ???
Also the red dust of the area for hunrdeds or thousands of miles around Uluru is the same stuff that Uluru is made of.So the erosion of millions off years has not erased this mighty rock from existence. The walk around Uluru is very good. Get there early, especially if travelling during the hotter months.
Updated Jun 11, 2009
Favorite thing: Go in the winter!
I went to Uluru and hiked its diameter on June 17... which is midwinter in Australia, practically the shortest day of the year and cooler than usual.
The black flies everyone complains about were practically non-existant. I didn't even notice any buzzing around until the last km of my 9 km hike around the rock when it was about midday. They were nonexistent at night at the sounds of silence dinner. I can't imagine doing the hike or the dinner with a net on and dozens of flies trying to go up my nose. Not a problem in the more winter months.
It was still very hot, another reason I can't imagine going in the summer. It was a nice warmish day oon my hike, even needed a light jacket until the end where the midday sun made it HOT. The night was cold, so do wear sweaters and jackets. multiple. But if you are at the sounds of silence dinner, there are heat lamps outside Sit under one and you'll be fine in a couple of sweaters.
Written Jul 19, 2007
Favorite thing: About 4 km south of Yulara on the Lasseter Highway, you come to the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park toll booth. The Park 3-day use fee is 25 AUD per person. From the toll booth, it is 9 km to the sunset viewing area for cars, 13 km to the Cultural Center, 15 km to Uluru, and 48 km to Kata Tjuta (Olga Mountains). There is also a sign telling you whether the Uluru climb and the Kata Tjuta Valley of the Winds Walk are open. Please note that, although it is not forbidden except under bad conditions, the Aboriginal people ask that you not climb Uluru since it is a sacred site for them. There are also safety and environmental reasons.
Updated Apr 8, 2011
Favorite thing: One advantage of a 3D/2N package with tours (which I did) is that you get the relevant narration and explanations of the sights that you see. Otherwise, like a young woman in Sydney said of Ayer's Rock: "it's just a rock" and "there's nothing there", otherwise! ;-)
With such narration/explanatory notes on every nook and crevice on the famed rock, I began to see the meaning and significance of everything to the local aborigines - it all made sense! So much so that I was enchanted by "the rock"! If you see my Uluru pages you might appreciate what I mean..
Yes, appearance-wise, the Olgas may look more interesting. But aboriginal culture/story-telling wise, Uluru took so much more meaning, at least to me! :-)
Fondest memory: See my Uluru pages? :-)
Written May 8, 2012
Favorite thing: Please click on the link for a map to help find your way around Uluru
Written Jul 19, 2006
Favorite thing: Uluru National park was established as Ayers Rock/Mount Olga National park back in 1958 but was renamed to it's current name in 1977.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Favorite thing: From the top you have a view of the endless flat desert landscape with two other monoliths, Mt Conner on one horizon and the Olgas on the other.
Written Feb 25, 2003
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