Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Things to Do

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    YOUR CHOICE: TO CLIMB THE ROCK OR NOT

    by AmazingAdventures Written Apr 5, 2005

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    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!

    Starting to climb Ayers Rock

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    ENJOY ABORIGINAL ART

    by AmazingAdventures Written Apr 5, 2005

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    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.

    Enjoy Aborginal artwork at Uluru

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    Get up close & personal at Ayers Rock (Uluru)

    by AmazingAdventures Written Apr 5, 2005

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    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.

    On your mark, get set ....... GO!

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    The Base Walk - once around the Block

    by Myndo Updated May 9, 2005

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    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 donĀ“t miss to touch the grainy stone!

    Base Walk, Uluru
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    Kata Tjuta: Valley of the Winds Walk

    by xuessium Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    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.

    DescendingKaringana
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    EXPERIENCE AN ULURU SUNRISE

    by AmazingAdventures Written Apr 5, 2005

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    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.

    Sunrise at Uluru

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    ENJOY THE VIEW of ULURU

    by AmazingAdventures Written Apr 5, 2005

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    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.

    Enjoy Ayers Rock ... from the ground

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    ULURU..VISIT THE CULTURAL CENTRE..

    by DennyP Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    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..

    ULURU SCENE ON MALA WALK ULURU IN THE SETTING SUN.. KATA TJUTA FROM A DISTANCE.. ULURU ULURU SCENE FROM MALA WALK.. ULURU SCENE ON MALA WALK
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    Uluru's Full Base Walk

    by xuessium Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    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.

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    DIFFERENT WALKS AT ULURU..

    by DennyP Updated Sep 16, 2008

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    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..

    SIGN DISPLAYS DIFFERENT WALKS AT ULURU.. DESERT COLOURS OF ULURU ON THE MALA WALK ROCK ART ...MALA WALK..ULURU N.P. MORE DESERT COLOUR ULURU N.P. ANANGU MEETING PLACE ..CAVE ON MALA WALK
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    Sunset at Uluru

    by bluesmama Written May 27, 2004

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    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.

    Sunset viewing Uluru
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    Take "ULURU EXPRESS" & do your own trekking

    by xuessium Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    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.

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    Ayers Rock Sunset

    by Hewer Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    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!

    Ayers Rock, 30 minutes before sunset
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    Kata Tjuta - The Olgas

    by Myndo Updated May 9, 2005

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    The Olgas are located 42 km east of the Ayers Rock. Uluru (Ayers Rock) can be seen from there.

    The Olgas consist of 27 round sand stone Domes.
    The Aboriginal name for them is Kata Tjuta, meaning "many heads".

    The biggest one, Mount Olga is 546 m high, wich is 200 m higher than Uluru.

    You can walk around and through them and soak in the special atmosphere.
    Just make sure to take enough water with you. It can get bloody hot!

    There are two major walking trails, namely The Valley of the Winds and The Olga Gorge
    The former takes about three hours and leads you to several deep gorges. The latter leads up to the beautiful Olga Gorge and to its deadened cliff face and a rock pool.

    the Olgas
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    Walk Around the Rock is Fun

    by RedEaredPanda Written Sep 28, 2005

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    When you get to the Uluru or the Ayer's rock and you're in mood for some physical activity, besides climbing the rock (which is disrespectful to the aboriginal people), you may choose to walk around the rock. Walking around the rock is in my opinion one of the best ways to see Uluru. We followed the red dirt road around and had a lot of fun taking pictures of all the various formations and creations of shapes and forms on the rock.

    Walking around Uluru leisurely took us around 3 & 1/2 hours. There are benches on few occasions with overhanging trees to create shadows if you decide to take a rest..

    Later on that day, we were in the cultural center in the park and we came upon a bumper sticker that said "I walked around Uluru" so we just had to get it as a souvenir..

    We recommend walking around the rock but please assess your physical capability before you take on the task because once you're half way or so around, there is no turning back.. At points we thought we were just around the corner but we ended up walking another hour or two more to get to where we started from..

    The dirt is So RED and full of Iron!!  It's beauti

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