Maribel & Sebastian's Australia and Asia Tour 2007 travel blog


Mt Conner

Maribel in sand dune




No, we didn't forget Uluru...

Yes, our trip to Alice has been a 400 km detour but we had to exchange Old Bob first thing. Of course, we did not forget to say hello to the famous mountain.

The first 200 km from Alice through the MacDonnells are very scenic but the landscape soon falls back to the big plain outback. First remarkable stop is Mount Conner that apparently is sometimes confused with Uluru. Indeed its shape is remarkably geometric with a streight cut top. Ca. 40 km before the resort you can get your first glimpse on Uluru by climbing up some red sand dunes. The red colour of sand, dunes and environment is incredibly eye catching. In the far you can see Uluru based in the middle of a big plain.

Yulara resort is a small village just outside the national park taking care of all tourist needs and hence it offers the only chances for accomodation; for us a large campground with one campsite next to another. Plenty of tour buses also drop of their tourists in permanent tents. We definately do not want to stay here during the main tourist season. It must be packed! Uluru is a monolith getting its red colour from weathering effect of iron inside. In that sense it is nothing but a very rusty mountain. The famous red colour intensifies during sunrise and sunset. Thus we headed to the sunset viewing point about 1 1/2 hours in advance of sunset to look around. Parking was already packed and luckily buses go to a separated carpark. However despite an unspectacular sunset the view was amazing. There is something that makes it very difficult to take your eyes of the mountain. Our last concerns that Uluru may be a bit of a tourist trap were gone. On our way back to the camground we could also get first sunset views from distance on Kata Tjuta - The Olgas.

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