Mulgas Uluru Tour Blog Winner: Click Clack Travel Pack – 17th – 19th October
Uluru has always been top of my list of iconic places to visit. We booked our Uluru tour with Mulgas Adventures to visit Uluru itself as well as Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta. It has been an utterly incredible experience!
Mulgas Adventure Passenger Blog Winner – Click Clack Travel Pack
Thursday 17th October
First we had to get there. Our Mulgas guide (Rachel) picked us up in the early hours of the morning.
The 5 hour drive through the vast red landscape rolled by quickly. Once we had set up at our camp site for the night, we popped off for a camel ride next door.
You may be wondering why we have strange new fashion accessories on our heads. There are millions of flies in the desert! These fly nets are probably the best $8 we have spent.
While some people were tempted into the soon-to-be-closed famous climb up Uluru, the rest of us went to the Cultural Centre and took a guided walk around the base.
Rachel showed us each of the special sites, answering all our questions as we went. She told us the ancient stories about Uluru and explained how aboriginal people would have used these places.
Our group then walked along the perimeter of Uluru. We wasted no time hanging about by dashed off to a vantage point where we could take in the sight of the whole rock glowing red in the setting sun. The glass of bubbly and nibbles topped the moment off nicely.
Back at camp everyone mucked in to prepare dinner, set out swags and light a fire.
The swags were our beds for the night. The sky was so clear out here that we would see all the stars and the Milky Way.
Friday 18th October
Near our campsite there was a look out point from which we could see the sun rise over Uluru and see the outline of Kata Tjuta in the distance.
Kata Tjuta was our destination for the morning. The hike through the Valley of the Winds was spectacular. The shapes and colours of the rocks were absolutely incredible. We found out about the geology, the flora and fauna and how each were used by the aboriginal people. Parts of the area are still used in some ways but the aboriginal community keep the details private.
Today’s lunch was our trusty friend from the day before: camel. Heaps of very tasty camel burgers to be precise. Steve ate at least four…
Our next location was King’s Creek so it was back on the bus for the journey. Rachel broke the journey up with pit stops in Curtin Springs which is in fact an enormous (1,028,960 acres – roughly the size of Germany) cattle station masquerading as a garage/bar/restaurant/tourist spot/emu farm.
On the Curtin Springs property is Mount Conner a.k.a Foolaru. Everyone gets excited and thinks it’s the real one as they go past.
The sun was beginning to dip as we gathered our firewood for the night and approached our campsite for the night. There was one last treat in store though. A herd of wild brumbies (and foals) decided to cross the road in front of us.
We made camp at Kings Creek Station. The orange sun set, the fire was lit and the swags were rolled out. Tonight, dinner was a feast of sausages and kangaroo steaks with all the trimmings.
As we were hitting the hay and watching the stars from our swags (I saw a shooting one!) something came out of the dark near Steve. It made a weird grunting sound and scampered off into the darkness. We got a good glimpse before it disappeared: a dingo!
Saturday 19th October
There were no more interruptions from curious dingos. At 4 am we were up and getting ready to hike the 7km Kings Canyon rim walk. The first part was a steep and exhausting climb up ‘heart attack’ hill – there’s a defibrillator at the top! Sun rise from the top was reward enough in itself.
From here we followed the path round the incredible sandstone rock domes.
The Garden of Eden…
Ancient fossils and water ripple marks…
This place really surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how beautiful it would be!
Sadly the tour was coming to a close. Back at camp, we ate our last hearty meal, packed up and headed back to Alice Springs, spotting dust devils and wildlife on the journey.