The first glimpse of Uluru/Ayres Rock is amazing and it just gets better the closer you get. Cameron teased the kids that Mt Conner was the Rock. Mean old Dad.
We do have to confess to being a bit cheesy and playing Goanna’s “Solid Rock” on the iPod for the initial view.
Ayres Rock Campground is expensive!!!! $45 for an unpowered site, on dirt, with no shade. Cameron thinks part of Uluru is underneath our site as the ground is so hard and he bent so many tent pegs putting up the annex today. There are plenty of amenities blocks, but they are a bit old, tired and breezy. Would hate to be here in school holidays.
Today’s the day we finally climb The Rock.
It’s so much bigger and steeper than I realised. The climb up is difficult and somewhat scary. You need to use the chain to pull yourself up some parts and it seems to go on forever. The kids did really well!!!
Once you finally finish the steep chain ascent it gets a lot easier, but still seems to go on forever. Lots of hills, valleys, depressions and even some little caves.
The kids being true little Aussies enjoyed their lunch of vegemite and cheese sandwiches sitting in a little cave on top of Uluru.
I was surprised at how many people were on their phones; I think they were all ringing people just so they could tell them they were talking to them from the top of Uluru. That is pretty cool!
The descent was much more stressful than the climb. It’s a long way down. Liam had a minor skid (good thinking to have Cameron directly in front of him for exactly that possibility) and I managed to get stung by a bee while coming down the chain. (Glad it was me and not Amy). 2.5 hours after we began the climb we made it back to the bottom. Very happy, tired campers!
Rock climbing recovery in the morning then off to explore The Olgas in the afternoon. Another place that was completely different to what I had expected. Both Amy and I thought the domes would be smaller and more numerous. Don’t know where we got that idea from.
The Olgas are a sacred site so you can’t actually climb them. We walked 5.5kms in the Valley of the Winds to the Karringana Lookout. The beginning of the walk wasn’t particularly promising, very hot and it felt like you were walking on a dirt service road.
Koru Lookout was also a tad disappointing.
Glad we kept going though as the Karringana Lookout was spectacular. Set between 2 domes and overlooking the valley below.
Amazing colours, cooling winds, lots of finches and even a wild Budgie or 2. Our timing was good too; we passed a large tour group on their in as we headed back to the car.
Cameron wanted some sunset photos of Uluru, so we drove back to the sunset viewing area. We were a bit early so we passed the time by driving around the base of Uluru again. The opposite direction this time. 🙂
The sunset viewing area is a very long car park with a few tables/ seats here and there. Amy & Liam waved to and counted 50 cars as they left and I think there were at least that many again still parked when we left.
Sunset was really beautiful and Cameron got heaps of photos. The kids were more interested in the Jatz and dip and hurdling the empty car park bays nearby. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.