Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

As it’s been almost a year since I went on this trip, this post be more of a photo diary with brief descriptions of each experience/location, and information regarding transportation and lodging.

Fly into: Ayers Rock Airport

Lodging: Hotels at Ayers Rock Resort, 20 km from Uluru/Ayers Rock. We stayed at Sails in the Desert.

Transportation: We had a tour bus, but more options here, including car rental.

Climate: Hot as balls if you’re coming during the Australian summer. We were there the last week of December, and temperature would be as high as 44℃ (~112℉). There is some breeze, but it’s all hot air.

Duration of our stay: 2 days, 1 night

About the park: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a protected part of the Northern Territory - it’s sacred to the aboriginal people of Australia. It’s named after two of its major features, Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Kata Tjuta/The Olgas and Walpa Gorge

Kata Tjuta is a group of large, domed rock formations inside the park, thought to have formed hundreds of millions of years ago. There are two walks within Kata Tjuta, the Walpa Gorge Walk and the Valley of the Winds Walk. We did the Walpa Gorge Walk, which was around 30 minutes one way. The walk is relatively easy, but there are a lot of loose rocks, so I’d recommend wearing sneakers or hiking sandals.

Uluru/Ayers Rock

Uluru is a massive sandstone rock formation that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s sacred to the aboriginal people of the area, the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, and the area around the formation has plenty of springs, waterholes, rock caves, and ancient paintings.

Field of Light

A beautiful installation of 50,000 glass sphere lights by artist Bruce Munro. There is a variety of experiences you can book for viewing this installation. We were able to experience a dinner right next to the installation. It was a wonderful experience - we were able to dine under clear outback sky, and at one point all of the lights were turned off so we could view all of the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. After dinner, we walked through the field to view the installation up close.

Sunrise Camel Ride

This was probably my favorite experience. As someone who is extremely afraid of heights, I was very hesitant to do this. After around 15 minutes though, I got over it, and it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of my life. In a way, I felt that I faced my fear of heights through this experience! The camels were also so cute ☺️

australia, travelCathy Liu