LADIES and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the one, the only … Ayers Rock.
After picking up a Drivenow Campervan Rental in Alice Springs, it’s about a four or five hour drive to Ayers Rock, otherwise known as Uluru, mainly via the Stuart Highway and then Lasseter Highway. Otherwise, if you are coming from Cooper Pedy, it’s about a six-hour drive.
Upon arrival at Ayers Rock you will quickly realise this is the most majestic, utterly enchanting place on the planet. Coming from “the Alice”, it’s all bitumen the whole way and really is a great drive. In your campervan go off-road and take a long cut via Kings Canyon, but if you tow a van, then remember it’s best to stick to the road.
Camels are in abundance after the Stuart Highway turn-off. Herds of these awkward looking ships of the desert sprawled along the sides of the roads along with wild cattle.
Once you enter the township of Yulara there’s an immediate feeling of “The Rock’s” presence. It truly is magical. There she stands in all her glory, so imposing yet so tranquil. I would highly recommend viewings at both sunrise and sunset – they are so different and not to be missed! Make sure you get out there at least an hour before sun up or sun down and choose a great spot, settle in, take a deep breath and prepare to be mesmerised by nature at its best. Keep in mind this sunrise experience includes dingoes freely roaming around near your car, trying their luck at any scraps you might have. It’s the Australian Outback in all its glory and, trust me, you will not want to leave.
There is just something unexplainable about Ayers Rock. Please respect the local Aboriginal heritage. They don’t like you to walk on Ayers Rock, so don’t. It’s theirs and we should all feel lucky that we are even allowed to get that close to it. We stayed at the Ayers Rock Caravan Park, with a fabulous view straight behind our van! Just be careful of the dingoes and wild dogs at night, as they love to fossick around in your rubbish.
PETER “SPIDA” EVERITT
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