Alice Spring to Uluru

Uluru - Kata Tjuta Travel Blog

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Expensive room... looking up from sunken lounge towards kitchen
We left quite early on this trip as we wanted to make the most of our next accommodation. To stay at the resort of Yulara near Uluru (Ayers Rock) isn’t cheap, the room we had cost just over $450, but when you have a 500 kilometre journey there it’s not like you have much of a choice but to stay. Anyway, Jason was also coming so off we drove at 6am, the Smith Family in one car and Jason in his, a very nice 2003 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo. The nil speed limits really suit Jason’s Car, which is built for speed. We were doing a comfortable 130 k’s and Jason was following, but to show off a bit he decided to put his foot down a bit and his car literally flew past us and off into the distance in no time, he tells me he was cruising along at 230 k’s.
Inland island
The cops actually use these cars without the turbos as highway pursuit cars in Australia, so you can imagine it’s capabilities with turbo included.

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.

Reagan, Jordan and Uluru

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.

Kata Tuja
It was a two bedroom apartment, which we had intended on sharing with Jason, but due to those car problems we now had this all to ourselves. After settling in we headed around the resort a little for a bit of retail therapy then we headed to the rock. The resort is about 20 kilometres from the rock (the Olgas are about 50 K’s) and as we got closer the rock just got bigger and bigger. We stopped at a viewing area which as it turned out was the best spot, this must have been a few kilometres from the rock but close enough to get the whole rock in a photo. As we travelled closer it became harder to get a good pic, of the whole thing anyway. We stopped at the base right where people climb the rock, now although this is now aboriginal land and it is advised that they do not wish anyone to climb it, people still do.
Road to Kata Tuja
There have actually been a few deaths from people falling etc so it is quite a hard climb.

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.

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Expensive room... looking up from …
Expensive room... looking up from…
Inland island
Inland island
Reagan, Jordan and Uluru
Reagan, Jordan and Uluru
Kata Tuja
Kata Tuja
Road to Kata Tuja
Road to Kata Tuja
Uluru and trees
Uluru and trees
Mt Connor
Mt Connor
Plauques on Uluru for fallen climb…
Plauques on Uluru for fallen clim…
Side view Uluru
Side view Uluru
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru and Wattle tree
Uluru and Wattle tree
Uluru - Kata Tjuta
photo by: Morle