After leaving Kings
Canyon, the way goes on to the main tourist spot
in the Central Desert
area, Uluru - Kata Tjuta Ntl Park, or perhaps better
known under the
names of Ayers Rock and the Olgas.
It is surrounded
by a flat desert plain and so the first sight
of Uluru rising
up is something very special.
Plan a stop enroute
towards the Ntl Park at Mt Conner Lookout to have
a short break and
enjoy some desert views.
Some folks still
think that Uluru is right next to Alice, well there are some
500 kms between
these 2 spots and if you plan on making Alice your
for a one day trip, you'll end up with a day filled with driving.
If you can afford
it time wise, plan 2 to 3 days to discover the area with it's 2 major attractions,
you'll be able to
see the both beautiful sunsets at Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The best option
is to rent a car
in order to go wherever and whenever you want and not depending
only on coach tours
departing from Yulara, Ayers Rock resort with accommodation
ranging from caravan
park to luxury hotel.
One more point to
mention, Uluru is the second largest monolith in the world
right after Mt Augustus
in Western Australia.
You have the choice
of short walks from the brilliant Uluru - Kata Tjuta Cultural Center
towards the rock
or its surrounds guided by local rangers or you can do the bottom walk,
a 9 km long trail
around the base of the rock eventually taking up to 5 hours depending
on your speed. Aboriginal
spiritual areas are forbidden to tourists and signs or fences
should be observed.
There are also the non ending discussions whether to climb the
rock or not, everybody
should make his choice knowing that this goes against
the local Aboriginal
Whatever walk you
choose, take enough water along.
One thing's for sure,
don't miss a sunset at Uluru, you'll never forget it during
your whole life.
Ensure to be there on time and stay until dark, should it be on a
coach or motorbike
tour arranged from Yulara, or by your own transport.
The other main attraction
of the area is Kata Tjuta, about 40 kms away
Like Uluru, Kata
Tjuta is of a high spiritual significance to the local Aboriginal people.
Although Uluru being
the main tourist attraction point, Kata Tjuta is as
its dome shaped structures. Once again, whatever may be your
choice of walking
trails, the almost 8 km Valley of the Winds walk or the much
shorter Olga Gorge
walk, don't forget to carry along enough drinking water,
wear a hat, use
the accurate footwear and don't forget the sunscreen.
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