For as long as I have known that it was possible to climb Ayers Rock, I have wanted to do it. My friends have climbed it, and others have told me what a wonderful & unforgettable experience it was.
I knew it was steep, and I had been wanred that the climb was not easy. I heard that a dozen people over the past years have actually had a heart attack while climbing this. I had no idea HOW steep it was until I saw it for myself.
Climbing this rock is those who are NOT afraid of heights. It is indeed very, very steep.
Take plenty of water, start as early as possible to avoid the heat and avoid the crowds. Take it easy and don't rush it. Enjoy it.
My friends and I enjoyed our hike up the rock, took lotsa photos and it took over an hour - without rushing it. On the way down - from the very top it took about 40 minutes.
The climb is not just to the top of the photo, it actually involves going farther than you can really see in a photo from this angle.
I am so glad I did the climb, and recommend it for anyone who is remotely interested to JUST DO IT!
There are a few places where you can get very close to the Aboriginal artwork. The Uluru visitors center does not allow photos to be taken(!) so this is one of the few photos that is permitted. Ya gotta see it to believe it. Really.
Too overwhelming for words.
I highly recommend visiting Ayers Rock up close. You can take a walk around the base of the rock or you if you are feeling up to it, you can climb the rock.
I went on a Greyhound/McCaffertys tour and they let everyone choose what they would like to do. About 15 people on the tour chose to walk around the base. They offered several different distances to walk such as full base walk, half way or 1/4 distance.
I was one of 5 people who chose to climb the rock. When they told us we had 3 hours, I thought that would be too much time, but it ended up taking 90 mins to climb up incl. lots of pix and then 45 mins to get down.
The climb is much more steep than it appears, and even if you are in top shape, it's still a complete workout.
The Base Walk around Uluru is 9.4 km, it takes 3- 4 hours, they say. If you walk on, you can make it in less (it took me 2 hours, with stops and all)
Its a good alternative to climbing the Rock and if you take the brochure "Insight into Uluru" with you - which you get at the Visitor Centre, you get to know a lot about Uluru and about Aboriginal culture.
Go in the morning, when its not yet so hot or make sure you have enough water with you.
The walk is easy, always flat, but it stretches...
You walk around (choose right or left). On the way you can clearly see the different colors the stone looks like - depending from light, moisture etc.
Also don´t miss to touch the grainy stone!
Enjoy the beauty and transformation of colours during the morning surnise over Uluru.
Doesn't matter if it's cloudy, rainy or most likely dry and clear. You will no doubt experience an unforgettable experience of seeing the changing colours as the sun rises over this giant monolith.
Make sure you have your camera ready to take lots of photos and plenty of batteries too.
Okay, so this looks like it's too steep to climb? Don't worry, you can enjoy the view from the base of the rock, or walk around the base of the rock and enjoy the magnificent scenery from right here.
There are beautiful flowers and plants and mountains of history surrounding the rock. Be sure to find out about the 'sacred spots' on the rock - they don't want photos of those areas, but you can see them for yourself up close and in person.
This covers 7.4kms and takes 3 hours.
(The walk is not allowed during the summer months, especially when temperature exceeds 36C)
Walk through breathtaking gullies, climb up sheer walls (at one point, I have to climb up a boulder to continue on my ascend) and reach Karingana Lookout at the top, overlooking the valley below. The view is stunning!! This is also where most folks will take a break or take some photo shots.
After Karingana Lookout, the walk becomes much easier as the path reached flat grounds.
ULURU..The Cultural centre is in the main complex at Uluru..where the car park is...there are many native arts and crafts and paintings and murals depicting the legends surrounding this truly spiritual place and its peoples ,plants and many different animals and reptiles.... The Cultural centre is open from 7 am till 6 pm daily entry closes at 5.30 pm..
The total distance to be covered is 9.4km and takes 3-4 hours to complete it.
It was a wonderful hike, surrounded by desertscape. Go at your own pace and enjoy a good morning or afternoon hike. Look out for playful wallabies as they hop in the distance.
Come prepared though.
There is only one toilet at the carpark near Mala point where most of the tour buses converge. There is also only one point where you can top up your water..about half way through your walk. An emergency radio/alarm station is available here too.
When at Uluru there are four different walks you can choose to do..all different in length and duration..They are
ULURU BASE WALK .9.5 kilometers..self guided allow 3 to 4 hours duration.. LIRU WALK 4 kilometers return..self guided allow 1 and 1/2 hours duration dry weather wheelchair access..
MALA WALK 2 Kilometers return..allow 1 and 1/2 hours wheelchair access..
KUNIYA WALK 1 Kilometer return..self guided allow 45 minutes wheelchair access..
ALWAYS carry plenty of drinking water when on these walks..
Coming from Curtin Springs Station along the Lasseter Highway we saw for the first time in our life’s Uluru from a distance of about 40 km’s. And the next hours ‘it’ was coming closer and closer. At the park Entry Station we doubted paying the entrance fee for the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park of AUD 25,- per person. Such a ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days and we had only a couple of hours to visit before leaving by plane.
But we never regretted our visit. From the moment we entered the park, it seemed if there was a kind of magic around the scenery. Driving in the park and coming closer, we stopped where possible (only allowed on official car parks) and enjoyed the view of this rock right in the middle of the heart of Australia. Each time Uluru was different and had an other colour, although we didn’t visited with sunrise or sunset (see my un-edited pictures).
It was absolutely exciting to be so close to one of the wonders of the world. I can not explain, but Uluru did attract us more than I ever thought ‘it’ could do. For us Uluru was definitively more than just a rock.
Please don’t climb Uluru !!
‘Listen! If you get hurt, or die, your mother, father and family will really cry and we will be really sad too. So think about that and stay on the ground.’
Barbara Tjikatu, Anangu traditional owner
Although limited in time , ‘of course’ we visited the Cultural Centre in the National Park. I think every visitor of this special place should do so, because the centre is an important introduction to the Aborigional (Anangu and Tjukurpa) culture of this part of Australia.
The two remarkable buildings, a couple of km’s away from Uluru, are housing displays with photos, artefacts and videos, sound panels and much more to understand more of the significance of Uluru for the Aborigines.
You can have a drink or snack in a café, the office of Anangu Tours, you can buy souvenirs and there is an excellent art gallery with fantastic works of local Aborigines and an Art Centre. If you are interested in Aboriginal art or crafts, you really should buy something here (see 'shopping tip').
The Cultural Centre is opened daily from 7.00 am till 6.00 pm. Photography or video recording is not permitted at the Cultural Centre. Around the centre are picnic places with barbecue facilities.
You are in one of the most beautiful spot of Earth. Go and trek around Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) at your own pace. It takes about 5 hours each to complete the entire trekking circuit, so do bring comfortable shoes, lots of water and sunblock lotion. Uluru Express takes you to the spots and picks you up at the end of the day. No haste; no fuss. Take your time to really enjoy the splendour of the location. The service ends with a great sunset over Uluru or Kata Tjuta at your own choice. For latest rates, please access the URL attached.
Viewing the sunset at Ayers Rock is the most popular activity for visitors to the region.
There are two viewing areas, one for cars and small vans and one for buses. The viewing area for cars is a little closer.
Most people arrive about thirty minutes prior to sunset. Try to arrive early so that you can get a good vantage point.
Finally, don`t be disappointed if there is no dazzling change of colours. I lived at Ayers Rock for three years and I only saw about ten or so `postcard` sunsets. I took this photograph in September, 1997 with a disposable camera. I wish I'd had decent equipment!
The first fine day after some rainfall usually has a good sunset. Enjoy!
I know this is not a very nice photo but I think it captures very well what the sunset viewing is like. I'd like to be able to enjoy it in peace, but that was not possible as you can see. On the other hand everyone there is together in the experience and everyone agrees how absolutely beautiful it is. And that is a plus too - having all these people talking to each other and enjoying this.