When I was working in Australia, I would regularly take vacations across the country to truly explore this vast natural landscape. One of the areas which I had my heart set on for a very long time was to go and see Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as many of us refer to it – Uluru is the aborigine name for the rock. The reason why this place is so amazing is because of the fact that it sits alone in the middle of a large expanse of nothingness. The rock is made of sandstone and can be found 335 kilometers south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Because the trek to see the rock was so far away from my base, I decided that I wanted to make the most out of it and spend a couple of days there. For this reason, I decided to camp near the rock, a true bucket list experience. If this is something that you’re interested in, here’s some more info for you.
There are a few campsites here, they are situated about 10 kilometers away from the rock itself and each of them have varying prices. Generally speaking, you will be looking at AUS$40 for a tent for the night which fits 2 people, alternatively you can book a cabin which will cost $60 and $80 depending how many people are with you.
Cabin or Tent?
I have to be honest, it was only electric that I missed in terms of staying in a tent versus a cabin and I would shun it again for the tent experience. The weather is hot all of the time so you don’t need to worry about getting cold and camping gives you a real -‘back-to-nature’ feel which I simply loved.
There is far more than just seeing the rock here near Uluru and there are many activities which you can go on directly from your campsite. I loved the many walking routes that were available here and you can also go ATV riding or camel riding during your time here. Uluru is of course the main event but there is still plenty here you can do to enjoy yourself.
When to See Uluru
Without question the best time to see the rock itself is at sunset as the sun sinks behind the rock, spewing up bright orange, red and yellow lights behind this incredible natural wonder. Sunset is also a good time to see the rock but I would always recommend sunset for a truly splendorous experience.
i would recommend that you take a guided tour around Uluru with one of the aborigine guides who will tell you why this is such a sacred place for them. Aside from this informative and entertaining tour, my other highlight was watching the insane amount of stars over the roof of our tent as we camped out in the darkness. There is very little light pollution here and that means that you get to see one of the best light shows on earth.