Postcards from Uluru

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Sunrise silhouette of Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

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, Northern Territory, AustraliaFirst glimpse of Uluru from the sand dune on the highway heading into Yulara. An inspiring and powerful moment.
Base Walk around Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaThe base walk of Uluru is a 10-kilometre loop. Start at sunrise, especially if you’re visiting in the warmer months.
The road to Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaIf you only take a few roads in Australia, make one of them the road to Uluru.
Uluru Base Walk, Northern Territory, AustraliaOn the 10-kilomtere base walk. Take lots of water and start early.
Sunrise at Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaAnother great location for seeing an Uluru sunrise silhouette is from Kata-Tjuta, about 50-kilomtres away. I shot this on my 300mm zoom lens.
Cycling around the base of UluruYou can walk around the base of Uluru, or cycle. We did both!
Uluru base walk, Northern Territory, Australia3-year-old Savannah did awesome on the base walk. But we did have to carry her part of the way.
Uluru sunset camel rideThere are many ways to experience Uluru, a fun way is on the back of a trusty camel at sunset or sunrise.
Yoga during sunrise at Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaIf you’re going to start your day with yoga, why not have Uluru as a backdrop?!
Hand on the heart of Australia - UluruHand on the heart of Australia
Uluru at sunset - Northern Territory, AustraliaClassic shot of Uluru from the main sunset viewing platform.
Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaHow you doing? Cheeky camel on our sunset ride.
Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaYes we visited Uluru in March and it was HOT. And yes there are a lot of flies. At least the headnets are colourful.
Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaDistant sunset shot of Uluru from our camel safari. Serious cloud porn.
Yoga at Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaOur kids were mesmerized by The Rock. It has that effect on everyone.
Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaWe did it. Family selfie at the completion of our 10-kilometre base walk of Uluru.
Uluru, Northern Territory, AustraliaNo visit to Uluru is complete with sunset drinks. Cheers!
Related post:

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

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What is your favourite photo of Uluru?

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Earl, i felt great reading about your travel experience.. It makes me feel even good when i think that someone leaves behind all the materialistic things in life and goes wandering around places. I must say you’ve followed what your heart said and you have done it!! I wish you good luck for many more adventures coming your way. And when your desires are true and genuine, u’ll encounter with good people, who are willing to help if your sick, i guess that’s why you found a friend who cared for you.

    “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

  2. Hi!
    Yesterday, hanging in the interwebs, I discovered your blog and first of all I have to say I envy you. I could never have guts to leave everything behind, no matter how poetic that might sound. I love reading the blog, though, so I can have my fix of travelling right from my comfy sofa!

    But to this Helsinki business. I’ve lived here for my short life and as mentioned before, you couldn’t have discovered a better cafe than Regatta. In regatta the extra cups of coffee cost -0.05€, so 21 cups of coffee are absolutely free! And it’snice place even in fall as the blankets and a campfire keep you nice and warm.

    What I think needs to be said is that there’s no word ‘please’ in Finnish so don’t feel bad if we Finns forget it’s excistence every now and then.

    The fruits don’t really cost that much if you go to a supermarket – bananas can be around 2€/kg and in some stores there are constant discounts for varying fruits, so you can get a watermelon for just over 1€. Only the Kauppatori market is expensive but that place is mainly for Japanese tourists 😉 you can get some cheapish and delicious strawberries during the season though.

    Kiasma – the museum of modern arts is definitely worth visiting if you just can stand museums. The art can be some great photographs or somerhing very shoking. I recall a blender with everything that can come out of a human being.

    That’s about it for now.
    -Petri

  3. Hey Earl, I was wondering if any education is required to work on a cruise ship? I have a friend that went to work when he was 19 and he didn’t go to college but he says that where he works they don’t require college education. Is that true for most ships? Thanks

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