I'll already booked the flight to Australia from Dec 21 to Jan 12 2008. I want to visit Alice Springs and the Uluru area. I will have maximum five days for this location, four would be better. What are the must sees and is there any specific order. Accomodation I believe is very expensive around Uluru. Any suggestions. I already plan sunrise and sunset at Uluru. I will arrive on the Ghan and fly to Sydney.
Hey there, I visited this area back in July. Sunrise and sunset are good times to see Uluru from a distance. Also be sure to take a walk around it (9km) and climbing it is pretty spectacular.
We also took a walk through the Valley of the Winds at the Olgas. Many people say that is cooler than the rock.
We stayed a campground in Yulara, no idea how much things around there cost, it was a group tour with uni.
My blog has 3 entries about my trip to the outback, just scroll down. We visited a few other gorges and stuff like that.
If you are lucky it will rain and there will be water falls on the rock.
This will be the height of summmer so very hot in the centre. But it should be a great trip and real adventure. I don't know what you have prebooked, but why not consider a round trip 4x4 tour from Alice to the Rock, taking in Hermannsberg, Palm Valley and Kings Canyon.
Fantastic area - I just googled the key words and found this one as an example, it takes in the areas recommend for a full central Oz outback experience. All you need is an adventurous nature. I've been there a few times and really love this part of Oz.
Enjoy yoru stay in Oz
I am going there next April, and I made some reservations at at place called Curtain Springs, because I don't want to camp and don't want to spend loads of money in Yulara for accomodations.
It's a roadhouse, about 45 minutes from Uluru, so if you have a car it's a decent place for a decent price!
Curtain Springs is 80Km (50 Miles) from Yulara. Last time I was there (8 years ago) camping was free. I don't know what the standard of the other accomodation on offer is but just make sure it is up to your expectations. It may be a 'Donga' which is a very basic cabin usually with 2 single beds, dived by a bedside table. It probably has airconditioning (?). The mains power, may be dependant on the station generator which may be swithched off between 11pm & 7am (this has happened to us in other isolated areas)
Uluru (The Rock) is a further 20km (12 Miles) from Yulara, then Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are another 45km (27 Miles) on. So work that into the calculations. If you plan to spend more than one day at Uluru, you may find driving back & forth to Curtain Springs impractical and there is the fuel cost too !!.
My thought is that once at Uluru, a few more $$ is neither here nor there !!
Whatever you chose to do, enjoy your experiences with a sense of humour and as uniquely Australian.