Visiting Uluru for the first time is one of our favourite memories from our 18-month road trip around Australia. It took me 42 years to visit the spiritual home of the Australian Outback, and it was everything I had envisioned.
I have seen hundreds of postcards and TV commercials of Uluru over the years, but nothing compares to witnessing it with your own eyes. And it’s not just a visual experience, but an emotional one. “The Rock” formerly known as Ayers Rock, has been a very spiritual place to the traditional aboriginal owners for thousands of years.
When I first started traveling overseas way back in 1994 I used to collect postcards, not only to write on but because I liked looking at travel photos for inspiration and they were easy to bring home as souvenirs.
Today I shoot my own photos and below are my favourite photographs (postcards) from our visit to Uluru in the heart of the Australian Outback.
First glimpse of Uluru from the sand dune on the highway heading into Yulara. An inspiring and powerful moment.
The base walk of Uluru is a 10-kilometre loop. Start at sunrise, especially if you’re visiting in the warmer months.
If you only take a few roads in Australia, make one of them the road to Uluru.
On the 10-kilomtere base walk. Take lots of water and start early.
Another great location for seeing an Uluru sunrise silhouette is from Kata-Tjuta, about 50-kilomtres away. I shot this on my 300mm zoom lens.
You can walk around the base of Uluru, or cycle. We did both!
3-year-old Savannah did awesome on the base walk. But we did have to carry her part of the way.
There are many ways to experience Uluru, a fun way is on the back of a trusty camel at sunset or sunrise.
If you’re going to start your day with yoga, why not have Uluru as a backdrop?!
Hand on the heart of Australia
Classic shot of Uluru from the main sunset viewing platform.
How you doing? Cheeky camel on our sunset ride.
Yes we visited Uluru in March and it was HOT. And yes there are a lot of flies. At least the headnets are colourful.
Distant sunset shot of Uluru from our camel safari. Serious cloud porn.
Our kids were mesmerized by The Rock. It has that effect on everyone.
We did it. Family selfie at the completion of our 10-kilometre base walk of Uluru.
No visit to Uluru is complete with sunset drinks. Cheers!
Don’t just visit for a day, there are many ways to take in the sights of Uluru:
- 9 Ways to Experience the Magic of Uluru
Plan Your Trip to Uluru
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What is your favourite photo of Uluru?