Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon
Uluru - Kata Tjuta Travel Blog› entry 22 of 35 › view all entries
After a week in Oz and having seen only one thing the country is famous for I was off to Uluru for a 3 day trip in the outback. It was a early start up at 4 am to catch the plane from the Gold Coast to Sydney, then onwards to Ayers Rock. Early starts would become a theme of this trip. On the flight to Sydney I had the added bonus of seeing the Opera house and bridge on the way from the plane, it was great to see those 2 iconic landmarks.
The 2 hours transfer time in Sydney ended up being a very stresful expeirnce as I had to buy a new camera before. this meant transferring to the international ternminal and back. Unbeliavably this costs $13.40. I thought I had been ripped off at the time as a dumb tourist, but I've since found out this taking the train for this 2 minute train trip for $13.
Once at Uluru the trip was great. It was like being back in NZ again, travelling with a small group of other backpackers. One of the highlights of the trip - bizzare as it might sound was getting the chance to sleep in swags under the stars. Just looking up at the sky with no light pollution to block out the stars was amazing. There are so many stars up there !
Viewing the sunrise at Uluru did mean a very early start the next day. We had to get at half 4. It was worth it. After the basewalk which is very good at this time of year if you start early. (No flies). If you go to the outback you finally understand what the corks on the hat is all about ! The shapes in the rock fomrations at Uluru are quite stunning as you can see from the photos.
After Uluru it was a 4 hour journey to the Kings Canyon campsite. By the time we got there it was time to set up camp and start the a fire, the early start meant by the time it got to 9pm it fealt like midnight and everybody was starting to feel sleepy. With no distractions like TV or computers it is easy to go to bed early.
Kings Canyon is another stunning set of layered rock formations set around a canyon. At Kings Canyon the tempratures can be up in to the high 40's by the afternoon so it meant an early start again. 6am It was a like a lie in compared to the other days ! After this all there was left to do was to head back to Alice Springs which was a 4 hour journey through the outback !