Uluru and Kata Tjuta

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Stopping for a look at Mount Conner

The next stop on the Groovy Grape tour was the Yulara campground, just outside the Uluru park gates. It had a bit more of a busy feel than the campground at King's Canyon, with marked out areas for camping and a large toilet block, plus a separate kitchen per camping group. We had the usual fun around the campfire in the evening, and from a hill beside the campground you could get a wonderful view of Uluru in the setting sun.

We headed out early in the morning to see sunrise over Kata Tjuta, aka the Olgas (the second of many days of sunrise watching, which got to Zoe in the end). The sunrise over the Olgas was truly spectacular, and there were many fewer people that at Uluru so I much preferred it as a location.

First view of Uluru
We did the gorge walk through the centre of the cluster of huge rocks, which lets you get up very close; this was probably the highlight of the bus trip, for me.

The following day we were up before dawn again, this time to head to Uluru. I wimped out of climbing the rock, and did the base walk instead, which was a really nice walk, and I would recommend it. You get to see some aboriginal rock painting along the way.

After our visit to Uluru we headed the official sunset watching spot, where there were lines of tour buses and swarms of people watching the sunset. It's a nice view, but rather touristy.

Back at Yulara in the evening we needed a special pass to be allowed to buy alcohol from the campsite shop. Apparently it's to stop the local people from drinking too much. Naturally with our passes in our hands we weren't prevented from drinking too much.

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Stopping for a look at Mount Conner
Stopping for a look at Mount Conner
First view of Uluru
First view of Uluru
Cooking at the campground
Cooking at the campground
Sunrise over Kata Tjuta
Sunrise over Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
The gorge walk at Kata Tjuta
The gorge walk at Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta
Boony - our bus for the week
Boony - our bus for the week
Trying to keep the flies away.
Trying to keep the flies away.
Uluru in the day.
Uluru in the day.
Uluru
Uluru
Rock paintings on Uluru
Rock paintings on Uluru
The base walk at Uluru
The base walk at Uluru
Sunset on Uluru
Sunset on Uluru
Back on the bus
Back on the bus
In the bar at Yulara
In the bar at Yulara
Round the camp fire at Yulara
Round the camp fire at Yulara
A salt lake on the way to Coober P…
A salt lake on the way to Coober …
Uluru - Kata Tjuta
photo by: Morle