Kelly Tolson of Runaway Bay Village Flight Centre enjoys an action-packed holiday to the heart of Australia, where she experiences Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
I've always heard how big and impressive Uluru (or Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta are but nothing can prepare you for seeing these natural wonders up close. Here are some of the highlights of my trip.
Upon arrival in Uluru we were shuttled to Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. This huge resort offers numerous different accommodation options, catering for all budgets, tastes and travel styles. We stayed at the 5 star Sails in the Desert, but other options within the resort include Longitude 131° (eco-friendly luxury), Desert Gardens Hotel (4.5 star), Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge (3 star), Emu Walk Apartments (self-contained) and the Ayers Rock Campground.
Voyages can also organise more than 65 different tours for you, so do your research before you leave and book ahead to avoid missing out. On the first night we did the Uluru Sunset Tour which included a BBQ dinner and glass of champagne while watching the sun set over the horizon. Seeing the many different colours of Uluru as the light changed was a truly memorable experience. The night concluded with a great constellations tour by a qualified astronomer.
The following morning’s adventure was definitely worth the 5am wake up call. The early morning was for the Uluru Sunrise Tour, which offered the optional extra of a guided cultural walk around the base of Uluru. Seeing Ayers Rock at sunrise was like being in a completely different world from the previous evening – another fantastic experience.
Our third day consisted of a full-day tour to Kings Canyon for our Canyon Rim Walk. The 6km walk took about three hours to complete, and was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much about the area and how it was formed. If 6km sounds a bit far, there’s also a 2km option that takes you right through the middle of the canyon to the ‘Garden of Eden’.
The Grand Finale
After our first two unforgettable days, little did we know that the best was yet to come. Day three brought a half-hour helicopter tour over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Seeing these incredible rock formations from above was nothing short of breathtaking.
To some it all up, the Uluru area really is a destination for all – adventure travellers, families, couples, backpackers, big groups, and basically anyone that appreciates unique natural scenery. There's also a fascinating local culture to discover, making the experience even more special.
Looking for some advice on visiting Uluru? Contact Kelly Tolson, an International Travel Consultant with Flight Centre based in Runaway Bay Village, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 156 602.