So from Melbourne im rolling up to Darwin and looking to do the Uluru Rock, i guess the best way to go about it would be to go and stay somewhere in Alice Springs and do the rock as a day trip - or has anyone done a better way of experiencing it? - .... forgive me for being Naive but it cant be done as a day trip from Darwin can it?
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There's a "resort" town - Yulara - right at the edge of the National Park, a 20 minute drive away from Uluru. It even has its own airport (which Qantas flies to from several major Australian cities).
It's an expensive place to stay, but the prices are survivable for two or three days while you use it as a base to go see both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
I don't think there's any daytrip options from Alice Springs. It's well over five hours of driving between the two places. As far as I recall, the very shortest organized tours did it in two days, and most took three. (I might be mistaken here, though - didn't really look at these things.)
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 16, 2008, at 7:08 AM by Sander ]
I did a day trip from Alice Springs to Uluru, via Kata Tjuta, it was an early start and a late finish but we had good guides. I booked the trip via a website called Ginz.com (http://www.ginz.com) but the company that ran the tour were called Emu Run tours (http://www.emurun.com.au/tours.php). Price is listed as $AU 199 and our trip included a barbecue at the sunset viewing area.
I also did a day trip from Alice Springs as we only had one day to spare. I would recommend a longer trip as our trip was very rushed and we didn't have much time to enjoy Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Adventure Tours Australia runs some good trips out of Alice Springs and they aren't too expensive.
I don't know if you have your own transport or are able to rent a car, but about 45 minutes before Yulara and Uluru is cattle station called Curtin Springs. it is cheap and free camping. Otherwise cheap cabins. I thought it was a better experience than staying in depressing Yulara and is a great experience regarding the outback life.
I also did a day trip as I was short of time. I enjoyed but it's a very long day (we were picked up at 6am and did not get back until 1am) and i think it would be a gret experience to stay overnight if you can.
thanks for you help guys, as allways comes in very handy!
so ive decided im going to look into flying from Melbourne to either nUluru itself or Alice Springs .... do only Quantas fly to these locations?
also if i was to fly direct to Uluru are there hostels to stay in or just this one 'resort' ? ... if so does anyone know a website for the 'resort' or can give me an idea of how much it costs per night?
hey makka, go to google and put in "ayers rock resort" then hit I'm feeling lucky.
did a tour called groovy grape adelaide to alice springs. was amzing camped 2 nites out at resort at ulru. u be having a long drive from darwin!