Alice Spring to Uluru
Uluru - Kata Tjuta Travel Blog› entry 11 of 23 › view all entries
Unfortunately about 200 k’s out from Alice Jason noticed an oil leak coming from where one shouldn’t be and after contacting the manufacturer he was told that he shouldn’t drive the car any more and they had arranged for a tow. Based on the vehicles logs it seems the previous owner may have abused the car a little too much and too often when this car was brand new, so rather than run the engine in properly as required with new cars, they have caused damage to the engine and car. It’s all covered under warranty for Jason, but it did mean he couldn’t travel to the rock with us. Without our tour guide we continued on our journey.
About 150 k’s from our destination we noticed quite a large land formation in the distance, which initially we mistook for Uluru, but as we got closer we came across a sign indicating it was in fact Mt Connor. I wonder how many others made the same mistake we did? Anyway, we kept travelling until about 50 K’s from our destination and there it was, a red large rock on the horizon, and just to the left of that another, called Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), which looked spectacular also. The closer we got to the resort the bigger and better both rocks became. We had planned to travel out to see the rock in the afternoon and the Olgas the next morning.
We were very impressed with our room, it was almost worth the money we had yet to pay.
That night we got a babysitter and went out to a buffet dinner, which was very nice and very relaxing. The next day we planned to visit the Olgas and then travel to our next stop. The Olgas are actually bigger in size than the rock but of course there is more than one rock, the highest is actually higher than Uluru. We stopped at the first viewing platform but it was too close to get the entire group of rocks on one photo, which was a bit disappointing, especially as this was the farther of the viewing areas. We travelled to the base of the main area and Trish took Reagan for a walk right up to the base. They are quite amazing things, both Uluru and Kata Tjuta just seem to be these huge rocks literally rising form the flat plains surrounding them… and I finally feel like a real Aussie now having seen them both.
At about lunchtime we headed off to our next stop just before the South Australian border… Kulgera.