Date of stay: December 2012
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Uluru also known as Ayres rock is a large sand stone rock formation in the middle of central Australia and part of the Northern Territory.
I visited the area in December 2012 and was fortunate enough to stay with friends, if visiting here’s some of my recommendations. Yulara is the best place to stay if you’re doing a two day trip to Uluru, it has accommodation for budget travellers as well as luxury and camping grounds.
If you’re planning a visit to Ayres Rock and looking to spend a few days in Yulara then I’d recommend the two places below.
*Erldunda Roadhouse – Has good accommodation and food and it’s an easy drive to Uluru.
*Curtin Springs Cattle Station – offers free camping grounds, toilets, internet and also powered camping sites.
I’d suggest spending at least two days checking out Ayres Rock and viewing the sunrises and sunsets. The afternoon sunsets on the rock are spectacular and I’ve posted some photos below.
I opted to fly into Alice Springs and see the sites before heading to Uluru which is about 455k from Alice Springs driving. It’s fairly easy to find when driving from Alice Springs, head towards Stuart h/way then head south towards Erldunda, at Erldunda take a right onto Lasseter h/way. It’s hard not to miss, just head straight down the h/way to Yulara. Everything’s clearly sign posted.
The rock was mind blowing but there’s also the Kata Tjuta (the olgas) and Kings canyon that’s interesting. Kata Tjuta meaning many heads to the Australian Aborigines, is a group of more than 30 rounded red rocks rising out of the desert. It's Ayres rocks sister formation. There's also the option to climb up 1.6km to the top or even take a walking tour around the rock with an aboriginal guide. The fine red sand is amazing and the whole experience is highly recommended. It’s one of those icons you have to visit if touring Australia.
If visiting Alice Springs I’d recommend visiting Ellery creek, Simpsons gap, Ormiston Gorge, Stanley Chasm, Anzac hill and Finke river. Another place of interest around Alice is the Aileron roadhouse which is 285 km northwest from Alice springs and at the halfway mark you’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn which has a marker off the road. Aileron roadhouse is a great pub that also offers budget accommodation, camper parking, petrol and good food and good music. There is a statue of the big black man which was put up in 2008 followed by his wife and child a few years later. This town also has an Aboriginal art gallery, Anmatjere Art centre which has lots of beautiful paintings.
I’ve added a few photos and if you have any questions please comment below.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall rating destination: 5 out of 5