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How to make the most of one day/night at Uluru

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How to make the most of one day/night at Uluru

My husband and I are flying to Uluru on Wed afternoon and leaving again the next day (mid morning). It's unfortunate that we don't have more time but will try to make the most of what we have. Everyone says to see the Rock at sunset and sunrise. Any suggestions on how to go about that ie tour? hire a car?

Many thanks

Kris

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1. Re: How to make the most of one day/night at Uluru

Hi,

Definitely hire a car as it's very easy to drive around Uluru & to the Olgas. Cars can be hired at the airport - booking ahead is necessary. Connellan Airport is approx 6km from the Voyages Resort. Rental Car Companies - Avis, Budget, Thrifty.

Drop luggage off at hotel. A great way to start your journey through Kata Tjuta National Park is to visit the Cultural Centre first and learn about Tjukurpa and the Anangu (Aboriginal people of the desert). There is a good café in the Cultural Centre. Pick up info.The Centre is situated approx 13km into the National Park, just after you pass the entrance to the National Park.

Drive to Olgas (Kata Tjuta) first & do the Walpa Gorge Walk. Afterwards drive back to Uluru for sunset viewing. Depending on time - try & do the Kuniya Walk or Lira Walk.

For dinner - The Sound of Silence dinner which must be booked in advance.

In the morning - head back to Uluru for sunrise viewing. For additional info see the link below.

tripadvisor.com.au/GoListDetail-i17672-Uluru…

Edited: 12 May 2014, 04:10
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2. Re: How to make the most of one day/night at Uluru

Hi Kris S,

Due to your time constraints, it is definitely advisable to hire a car, in advance, and also for the freedom of exploring the area in the short time you have.

Depending on your afternoon arrival, and if time permits, the Valley of the Winds walk, is spectacular in the afternoon, otherwise the Walpa Gorge walk is the other option.

Both would give you the opportunity to also see the sunset viewing over the Olga's.

A sunrise over Uluru is magical and will give you a chance to do a few of the shorter walks, see the below website link which may assist in your specific itinerary in planning your trip.

parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/plan/bush-walkin…

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3. Re: How to make the most of one day/night at Uluru

Hi. Definitely hire a car. There are a few rental companies at the airport. We used Hertz which has a free additional driver policy if you live at the same address.

One other tip - we discovered that hertz has only a couple of compact cars, and more full size sedans and SUVs. We only wanted a small car so booked a compact, but ended up with an enforced free upgrade to an SUV... You will probably get a large car, no matter what you book or pay for...! Larger cars obviously guzzle more petrol however, and with the Ayers Rock resort petrol prices you may wish you had a smaller vehicle!

Where are you planning to stay?

I agree with the previous replies as would suggest trying to fit in the Olga's and uluru. And see sunset and sunrise. The walking times in the official guide book are massive overstatements in our experience. The Valley of the Winds walk only took 2 hours (not the stated 4) and the base walk took under 2 hours, including detours and stops.

We flew jetstar, and that meant that we were given our outbound and return boarding passes at the start of our trip. We didn't take hold luggage. So on the way home from uluru, we only needed to get to the airport 45 minutes before departure time. That will save you time in the morning.

Also, there is a nice and well stocked souvenir shop in the airport departure area - I'd suggest shopping there as you leave, and then you won't need to find time to browse the souvenir shops at the resort.

Abs :)

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4. Re: How to make the most of one day/night at Uluru

Another vote for hiring a car - but make sure you book it before you arrive to be safe. Then follow the excellent advice above.

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5. Re: How to make the most of one day/night at Uluru

Thanks guys. Really appreciate the advice. It's given me plenty of ideas. Feeling better now about what to do.

Cheers

Kris

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