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1. Posted by 1t (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y

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Before I leave Australia I want to see Ayres Rock. I like the idea of driving from Adelaide up through the desert to Uluru or the otherway round: Uluru to Adelaide. I want to see Coober Pedy and Kings Canyon as well as Ayres Rock and I like the idea of driving through the desert. I am going to be on a tight budget and also a reasonably tight time frame so I have a few questions:

Has anyone done this and is it worth it or would it be better and cheaper to do it via a tour?

How long realistically do I need to do this trip?

Any thing I should/shouldn't miss out on seeing?

Any ways of keeping costs as low as possible?

If there is anything else anyone feels they should mention please do let me know as any advice is greatly appreciated

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

It's about a thousand miles by road. When you say driving through the desert, do you realise what that means? If your car breaks down you could die before being found in some areas. It is HOT and you will need to drink lots and lots of water. There are poisonous snakes, spiders and such out there. And it is easy to get lost.

If I were you, I would take a tour.

On another forum I had a number of people moan because I said Ayre's Rock is just a lump of rock in the middle of nowhere in Australia with some native mumbo-jumbo connected to it. People said it was worth visiting but when I asked if anyone had visited it a second time, not one reply. I have been back many times to places I liked.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 5y

Quoting Cyberia

It's about a thousand miles by road. When you say driving through the desert, do you realise what that means? If your car breaks down you could die before being found in some areas. It is HOT and you will need to drink lots and lots of water. There are poisonous snakes, spiders and such out there. And it is easy to get lost.

If I were you, I would take a tour.

On another forum I had a number of people moan because I said Ayre's Rock is just a lump of rock in the middle of nowhere in Australia with some native mumbo-jumbo connected to it. People said it was worth visiting but when I asked if anyone had visited it a second time, not one reply. I have been back many times to places I liked.

Sorry, but really, why bother answering with crap like this? Sometimes I really don't get your answers and your non-understanding view towards other people. It's somehow a bit odd anyway, excuse me. I am not asking to have the same opinion as others do, but a simple helpful reply could not hurt or what?

1. Roads are extremely good along all of the routes which the OP mentioned: sealed roads, lots of vehicles passing by and decent accom and a few towns as well. This is not exactly off the beaten track or by yourself crossing the desert by foot or on a camel
2. Regarding the dying part (which really made me laugh): Snakes, spiders and other venomous animals rarely attack travellers just staying on that beaten track. Easy to get lost on those roads? Basically, if you follow the sealed roads, you will either come to a dead end or gravelroads. You can not get lost driving to Alice, Uluru or Kings Canyon.
3. A tour? In Australia? Maybe if you are 70+ yes.
4. For Aboriginals, the rock is a holy place, why insult people with talk like 'native mumbo-jumbo' stuff?
5. There is more than just that rock, it's the total desert location, great hikes and also the nearby Olgas.
6. Not all places people like are suitable for coming back, there are also people who like to explore new things everytime they travel.

Sorry for the late reply anyway 1t, but one tip I can give you is to try and stay at Curtin Springs Roadhouse, a true outback cattle station. Camping is free and it is a very good base for daytrips to both Uluru and Kings Canyon!

Cheers
Michael.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Jul-2011, at 10:59 by Utrecht ]

4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

Utrecht. Sure, driving a thousand miles to central Australia is just like a morning drive through Sydney.

Walk a mile from the road, lose direction and you are lost and can die there. When in Tunisia on well travelled, sealed roads I heard stories of it happening there. You want a total desert location, you can spend a week with a tribe of Nomads there and live as they do. A lot cheaper than going all the way to Australia.

A friend stayed with relatives on the outskirts of Perth and when he wanted to go for a smoke in the garden as his relatives did not allow smoking in the house, he was made to wear wellington boots because of what might be in the garden. And that is on the edge of a city and not in the outback. Even here in NW France I found a five foot snake in my garden two months ago (when I accidentally trod on it).

Do you assume that the poster in the OP is going to stay sealed in their car from the moment they leave Adelaide and arrive at Ayre's Rock? And that the car will not break down?

Ayre's Rock is a rock. Nothing more. People climb it (a friend did). Is that showing respect for Aborigines' beliefs? Or the fact that it is now like a theme park there? Modern day Australians have really shown a lot of respect for "the Abbos". Not.

I have never heard of anyone going back for a second visit.

Tours can often be good value, and apart from being no hassle, they come with a free guide, etc. No need to insult people who use them. Not everyone likes going walkabout like you do.

Incidentally, to the original poster. I was told when parking on the Gold Coast some years back that you park on the left (as you drive on the left) and that parking on the right side of a street can get you a ticket.