Friday Lens Affair 112


Ultimate Uluru Experience, AyersRock, AliceSprings, Australia

This Friday I’m featuring a photography of Uluru Rocks from above, taken by Sally Lucas from Our3kidsvtheworld Blog on her romantic birthday surprise to her husband, so-called the Ultimate Uluru Experience.

Sally is a mum of 3 young kids who love to travel and show the kids as much of the world as possible. I hardly can handle myself, so kudos to her!

Do follow her adventure on Facebook and Instagram.

Picture Story: Ultimate Uluru Experience

The photo you can see is of Uluru in central Australia. It was a very rare trip where Craig and I went alone without the kids.

I booked an Ultimate Uluru Experience as a surprise for Craig’s birthday and gave it to him the night before we left.

We were able to do lots of things we would not be able to do with the kids, such as the famous Sounds of Silence Dinner, a helicopter ride over the rock and we walked the 6.5km King Canyon Rim Walk.

We were able to do lots of things we would not be able to do with the kids, such as the famous Sounds of Silence Dinner, a helicopter ride over the rock and we walked the 6.5km King Canyon Rim Walk.

We were up early every morning for sunrise viewing and up late enjoying adult dinners.

We missed having the kids with us but we also enjoyed having our Ultimate Uluru Experience and having time to ourselves as much of the cultural information the kids would have got very bored with.

The Sounds of Silence Dinner is a lovely experience, you arrive in time for sunset viewing of Uluru and then you get escorted with your champagne to an outdoor dining room under the outback stars.

It’s an unforgettable dining experience that includes an introduction to our Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance.

It finishes with a resident star expert discussing the stars while the diners enjoy dessert with a port before being driven back to your hotel.

When in Uluru, you have to have a helicopter flight over the rock, one of the most important parts of the Ultimate Uluru Experience! I have for years heard wonderful stories about our Red Centre and this was my first visit.

It is truly amazing and to be able to take in the size of the Rock from the air is really breathtaking.

Make sure you book the longest flight you can afford as we only took a 15min flight and I regretted not being up there for long.

We got up early on the last day to do sunrise at the Rock. We were running a bit late and I was stressing in the car thinking we were going to miss the sun just peck over the horizon and shine a beautiful colour across the rock.

We arrived with seconds to spare and as the sun come up while we watched the different colours creep across and over Uluru.

I was still a bit puffed that we didn’t get there a bit earlier when the couple next to me said ‘you didn’t miss much, it was freezing cold and nothing to look at until you arrived’ which made me feel a bit better.

We were there in August which is the dry season in central Australia but is winter for us southerners! We are from Melbourne so home was very cold.

The days were lovely and sunny and in the mid 20’s but the nights were dropping to about 0 degrees!

I am told it is the perfect time to be there. I was very happy with the weather but the sunrise at Uluru was a bit nippy! (Aussie slang for cold).

I didn’t climb the rock this time due to time constraints, which saved me the moral dilemma of whether to climb or not climb. But you can get up close with the rock by doing Uluru base walk as well.

It is a personal choice but one that is frowned upon by the Aboriginal community due to its spiritual and cultural importance to them.

Many people chose to climb the rock, it’s a decent climb and would require you to be of above average fitness.

Uluru is an expensive place, but when you are there you have to do everything there is to offer as its one of those places you are not likely to return in your lifetime.

I am really happy that I packed a weeks entertainment into 3 days – Ultimate Uluru Experience.

I am happy that I have seen and done everything. If I’m lucky enough to return, I would be happy to do it all again but if I never return I’m happy that I have done all its got to offer.

Ultimate Uluru Experience is something every Aussie should do once in their lives. I was surprised that there were so many foreign tourists there as the majority of Australian’s haven’t been there.

PS. Are you interested in Uluru as a part of the bigger Australia trip and you wonder how to plan it and go about it, or you are looking for inspiration in creating Australia itinerary? Look no further, my friend Yukti wrote a great post about it.

Uluru / Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia.

Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are the two major features of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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2 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair 112

  1. Hi Marysia, thank you so much for allowing me to prepare a guest post on our trip to Uluru. Such an amazing place to visit, if you get the opportunity you must go.
    Hope your readers enjoy it and I would be happy to answer anyone’s questions.
    Sally recently posted…Photo Essay – Australia’s most famous beach – Whitehaven, QLD – Family Travel BlogMy Profile

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