Australia, Uluru – On the Top for the Last Time
If you really appreciate something about the fact that you visited Uluru in the Australian summer, that is, out of high season, then it is a minimum of people who had a similar idea to you. There are enough places in the parking lots, you do not push with the mass of tourists anywhere and you have your space in all sightseeing places.
Sunrise and sunset are definitely the most popular time of day in Uluru. The changing intensity and impact of the sun's rays color this majestic monolith into various shades of dark red through orange to yellow. The observation point for the sunset is separated for buses and cars. Nevertheless, I recommend that you go well in advance to find a suitable place. In summer you will be happy to find a parking space.
The sunrise is seen from a common stand for cars and buses, so you need to arrive really soon, preferably after opening the entrance gate to the park. Still, be prepared for large crowds. However, it is definitely worth the wonderful spectacle.
Uluru Mountain itself is sacred to the indigenous peoples, but it was allowed to climb until 26 October 2019. But the Australians are trying to undo the injustices they committed when they colonized the country on the Aborigines, so they heard their wishes and the ascent was forbidden. This will end the debate on the controversial topic of whether or not to ascend to Uluru.
During our three-day stay, the ascent to Uluru opened only one day, at half past seven to eight in the morning. It was then closed due to high temperatures. In addition to high temperatures, another strong reason for closing the outlet was strong winds.
Doing Uluru is more challenging than it seems from below. More than 35 victims Uluru is responsible for (this is really hot and people are getting heart attacks). Therefore, most of the route is lined with a chain, without it you would not be able to cope steeply. But if you overcome this strenuous stretch, you will have an unmistakable view of the surrounding countryside. Nearby are the rounded peaks of Kata Tjuta. The top of Uluru is also very rugged and here you have to be careful not to run your foot. Some places are really narrow and you have steep cliffs on both sides. In the cracks, which are quite plentiful, there is settled water from heavy rains, which sometimes catch up in the summer. But now you can see this view only in the photos.
When we choose the best place in the parking lot to watch the sunset, Uluru is already our old friend. The icon of Australia, which we have gone through from all sides, and which after this knowledge fascinates us even more than before. We believe that his magical attraction will sometimes attract us to the red center of Australia. Maybe we'll meet there.
GPS: 25°20'40.0"S 131°01'57.8"E
Text and photos: Jana Hejlová
The rock formation of Kata Tjuta lies about 50 kilometers west of Uluru. Both places fall under one national park and have a single ticket. The Australian name for this group of stones is The Olgas - after one of the rocks called Mount Olga. Along the way, Uluru shows us all the way again. Kata Tjuta is a group of 36 rocks, the highest of which reaches a height of 546 meters and its peak is at an altitude of 1066 meters above sea level.
Australia is a continent of opposites. The densely populated east coast contrasts with the barren red center, the snowy mountains with the desert, and the white skin of immigrant Europeans contrasts with the dark skin of the Aboriginals. Someone is attracted to Australia because it is so far away from us, someone just because of its incredible contrasts, but one thing is certain - it is definitely worth coming here.
Alice Springs is the most famous city in the red center of Australia. All tours that take place on the sacred mountain of Uluru (also called Ayers Rock) start right here. If you go to Alice Springs from the south, you will cross the border of South Australia and Northern Territory. Although you are heading straight north, there is an hour shift between these states.
In the reddish central Australia lies a very interesting city - Coober Pedy. It is famous for opal mining, which has been mined here since 1905. Before we arrive at Coober Peda on our way from Port Augusta, we also stop in Glendambo. Right from the beginning, we are welcomed by a sign saying that there are about 30 inhabitants and 2 million flies. We are also warned that the next gas station will be up to 253 kilometers away.
In the mountainous center of Australia you can visit the mysterious grouping of stones. The Australians named them Devils Marbles or Devil's Marbles. According to Aboriginal legends, they are the eggs of the Rainbow Snake. On the way from Alice Springs to the north, it appears next to you quite unexpectedly (after about 400 kilometers). These unusual formations can be found in the protected reservation of Karel Karel, which has a total area of 1802 hectares.
When you turn west from the village of Erldunda from Stuart Highway, you get to the Lasseter Highway, which leads under other names to Western Australia. From there, you can take road 3 north to Watarrka National Park. If you would like to continue from here to MacDonnell Park, you can, but entry is on license and only for 4x4 cars.
To the west and east of Alice Springs is the highest mountain formation in Central Australia, the Macdonnell Mountain Range with Mt. Zeil, which reaches an altitude of 1531 m. The red center of Australia is therefore one large red badge. There are several places to stay. Often it is fully equipped with no facilities.
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