Uplifted at Uluru: Sunrise and base walk

Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 09, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A very early start to the day, driving out of camp at 5:30am to the sunrise viewing area so that we could see the sunrise light show over the rock.

Huge numbers of people turned up and we soon moved positions so that we were not subject to the jostling and jockeying for the prefect position to photograph the sunrise.

It was a very cool morning (close to zero) so with numb fingers and toes (for some reason both of us wore thongs rather than shoes) we found a spot and waited and watched as the first rays of daylight lit up the eastern face of Uluru.

To reward ourselves for having awoken so early on a cold morning, we got back to camp and cooked up a yummy breakfast of pancakes and bacon, which also provided the energy for the 10km walk around the base of the rock.

Having been up so early we were also able to have a nice hot shower and do a load of washing before setting out for the base walk at about 10:30am.

It was still cool when we started the walk around the base, but soon warmed up. The rock is so different up close to what you expect and changes appearance at every turn. The wildflowers are out here too, adding to a great day.

It took us a little less than three hours to amble the whole loop - including a break for a snack at Mutijulu waterhole.

We came back to camp and made sandwiches for lunch, and then had a relaxing afternoon in camp...until...our quiet little campsite was invaded by a group of late teenage drama queens and their parents.

We are camping in a nice spot on lawn 11 of the Yulara camping ground. There were four separate groups of us last night and while nobody made best friends, we all managed to be friendly but keep pretty much to ourselves.

At about 2:45 this afternoon, however, a group pulled up in two 4wds asking where the closest power pole was because they didn't like the campsite they had been allocated and thought this might  be better. They (8 in the group - two families) proceeded to walk through the two campsites of those of us left from the evening before, complain about the ground, ask people to move their cars so they could be closer, and generally complain and overdramatise everything - including the placement of beds in tents.

Ted and I went for a walk to the supermarket for some respite.

This evening we took in sunset at Kata Tjuta and look forward to getting more closely acquainted with this part of the world tomorrow.

I hope the DVD playing in the next tent doesn't go on for too long (although at least a comedy has them all laughing rather than whining).

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