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1. Posted by Miss R (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

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I have 7 weeks in Australia and am planning to do the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns. How easy would it be to fit in a trip to Uluru somewhere along the line? How expensive would flights be, and where would be the best place to fly from?

I'm not the most adventurous traveller, is it still worth going?

Any advice appreciated!

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 11y

Hi there,
Do it. But how you do it depends on how much time you want to take out of your East Coast trip. The easiest way is to fly - a side-trip of a few days, and better if you're not 'adventurous'.
But if you want to become more adventurous, do it by car! This would take a couple of weeks though, at least.
You can also do it by train from Sydney, which might take a week or so all told.
When I did the East Coast, I didn't get to Uluru because I had partner and two kids, and a limited budget. But if you're on your own it should be manageable.

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Hi Miss R,

I got a really good bargain flying from Sydney to Alice Springs (57 $ one way) and as far as I'm aware rates flying with Virgin Air from Alice to Cairns are reasonably cheap too.
In Alice you'll be swamped by tours going to the rock, feel free to pm me about details (hostel I stayed at, tour, etc.).
Concerning Ayers Rock, I thought it was amazing to see it in real, but honestly the amount of other tourists destroyed the beauty of nature for me. The Olgas (a range of extraordinary shaped mountains close to the Rock) and Kings Canyon are well worth a visit though!!!

Have fun in Aus,

Steff

4. Posted by Needabed (Full Member 25 posts) 11y

true, you can get cheap flights to Alice Springs from Sydney and also a short flight from Alice to Ayers Rock.

I did all the above in 2 weeks only so you have plenty of time as far as I am concerned.

The other option is a greyhound coach since you got plenty of time, it takes about 37 hours from Cairns to Alice.

Email me for more info regarding things to do in Ayers.

5. Posted by Deleted28 (inactive 90 posts) 11y

Ayers Rock is Uluru is the symbol of the outback. Come and see the real Australia