Had an amazing morning on the sunrise and base walk tour! You get up really early to avoid the heat later in the day and to get to Uluru way before sunset so you can appreciate the wonderful change of color over the rock. At the time of the actual sunset you're already at the base of Uluru so you get to see the bright red rock up close. During the walk you learn a lot about the aboriginal people - how they lived around Uluru, their culture and beliefs as well as the formation of Uluru and the nature surrounding it. There are lots of things to see that you can't really appreciate from afar so this longer base walk is well worth it! Our guide was funny, very knowledgeable, always made sure we're all comfortable and drinking enough water and took excellent photos of us! Make sure to bring enough water, sunscreen and a hat. You make a stop in the middle so you can refill your water bottle or even stop walking if you had enough. The pace of the walk is pleasant and except for the last hour of the walk there is always some shade provided by the trees.
I was amazed by how beautiful and peaceful Uluru is from up close - it's an unique experience that I would highly recommend!
This isn't so much a tour as an experience. It requires a very early start to beat the heat. Picked up from my hotel in Ayres Rock Resort at 5.00am. There were 12 in our group. Headed to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, to first have breakfast at one of the coach designated stopping areas. Still dark when we had breakfast, which was a selection of cereals, milk, fruit cups, granola bars, pastries, coffee and tea. They had to set up lights for us to see. JUst as there was a hint of light with the sun beginning to rise, we drove to the coach parking area and prepared for our 9.4Km walk. We were already walking when the sun came up. I took the time to stop periodically to look behind as the sun rose, to see the beautiful sky. The sun at different times bathed Uluru in splendid light and colors. Quite spectacular.
Because it was the beginning of February, it can get very hot, so it's important to be prepared with having plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat and sensible walking shoes. The walking path is flat. Our guide was an Aborigini who gave us a great deal of information and history. We stopped at different stages so he could explain and direct our attention to several important sights around Uluru. There are some rock overhangs, almost cave like, where there are ancient drawings on the rock walls.
At the half way point, 8 or our group did not want to continue all the way due to the heat. He phoned the coach driver, who arrived to pick up these visitors, take them to the Cultural Center instead of finishing the entire circuit, which does take about 3 hours with the stops.
The 4 of us who finished were quite relieved at the end as the temperatures by that time were getting uncomfortably hot.
At the end of our walk, we could see the rail which is set into Uluru for those who wish to climb to the top. The Aboriginis consider it disrectful to climb and really I don't know why anyone wants to do it. There are no actual steps, it is somewhat slippery and for those who may fall, the cost of rescue is entirely theirs. Altogether a wonderful experience.
We were back at the resort by midday, after stopping briefly at one of the Uluru viewing areas for the opportunity to take some photos. Keep in mind this particular tour is not organized to stop and watch the sunrise before the walk, you are already doing the walk when the sun comes up.
Up at 5am but the promise of a hot drink at the sunrise lookout made up for it. the views were stunning and never to be forgot on remember to take warm layers as by the time you've finished the tour you'll be baking hot!
We were given a pack-up type breakfast in its own bag so we're able to carry it easily round easily and it had a good mix and plenty of food.a
The guided walk was both enjoyable and informative and we were able to walk at our pace which was a good pace for the group - Tyson our guide kept us going with lots of stories information and encouragement.
Definitely recommend this excursion as you're back to your hotel by lunchtime
It is definitely a must see. Very friendly tour guide and interesting stories. It is along a 12 km path but no hills, very comfortable walking experience. It brought me very different feelings of Uluru. Seeing from a lookout or TV is totally different from seeing and even touching the real rock. Strongly recommended!