I recently had a fun little visit to the ‘Red Centre’ for a weekend trip; allowing 3 days to climb the rock before it may potentially never happen again. I know I’m not a travel blogger, but I just didn’t feel like talking about sex related topics today – so instead you’re getting this.
Let me open with the accommodation. This was not at all what I was expecting. It was, in fact, so much better. The Ayers Rock Resort is much larger than what I expected with a nice mix of accommodation ranging from camping to luxury hotels to some amazing glamping. It actually reminds me a little of a ski village. Although everything is basically owned and operated by the one company – so you don’t get a lot of choice – but it’s nice because everything is connected.
As for the Rock itself, well that is beyond impressive!!! You can see it from the resort and it looks as though it could be right around the corner, when in actual fact it is just that massive that it looks closer than it is. Standing at 348m above its local surroundings, it well and truly stands out.
The part I have enjoyed most about the trip though is the pace of life. It’s very, very chilled, and so very Australian. It reminds me a lot of where I grew up, back in Western Australia. The amount of red dirt and wide open spaces also helps me reminisce too. The people and staff are chatty and friendly, which is really pleasant to be around. Most of the people we have passed while hiking have said hello – which is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There is not a lot to do here but connect with the great outdoors, and it has that in excess. Hiking has been the primary activity for just about all who visit. The base walk around Uluru took about 3 hours. There are also multiple other walks through Kata Tjuta of various lengths and difficulty. Tracks are well marked and easy to follow.
The weather has definitely added to the experience. I would definitely recommend visiting around this time of year. The temperatures have been surprisingly fresh, but I think slightly cooler is perfect for hiking. The consistently blue skies add to the experience as well. Such a clear, bright blue that contrasts against the ochre perfectly. A beautiful place.
I have yet to talk about climbing Uluru because I am yet to climb it. They close the climb anytime there is excessively strong winds. This means waiting for suitable weather to climb – which we did not get. This sounds quite normal though and we were expecting it a little.
I was quite surprised to learn that they are also trying to close the climb for sustainability reasons as well as cultural. The effect (more waste) from climbers is affecting the surrounding environment. We were told that by simply not allowing people on top of the rock they will solve a lot of this. It’s always a shame people don’t care more.
On a happier note, this was an awesome trip to a beautiful part of the country. Something I would definitely do again and highly recommend to anyone considering it. I’ll be sure to post plenty of photos so stay tuned! 🙂
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