Hi I’m Jet!
There are plenty of things to do in Adelaide during Uni breaks, and one of them would be going for a road trip because life was meant for great adventure! And I am here to share my road trip experience from Adelaide to Uluru!
Getting to Uluru is all part of an amazing outback adventure! We drove as far as 1783 kilometres from the coast to the country’s red heart, stopping by at tiny bush towns, experiencing the beauty of Lake Eyre, staying underground at Coober Pedy and crossing the breathtaking desert was an eye opener to the beauty of the nature.
We took 2 days to actually reach Uluru as we took an overnight trip at Coober Pedy (largest opal mining town in the world, produces 90% of the world’s opals) as driving at night would be very dangerous since there aren’t any street lamps. In between Adelaide to Coober Pedy, we stopped at Lake Hart. Lake Hart is one of the smaller lakes in the Lake Eyre basin (the Australia’s largest inland salt lake with water in it).
Make sure to stop by at the Northern Territory border and have a photo! How often would you be there, right?! You won’t miss the turning as there are signs beside the road and even if you did miss it, you would see it again when you are heading home!
We were lucky to arrive Uluru before 4 in the afternoon, as we were able to catch the sunset at Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. Mount Olga). At sunset, we saw the stunning colour changed into deepest red, it was amazing! However, just remember to leave early before the park closing time! (I looked pretty tired from driving I guess)
On the next day, we headed over to to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku for 360 degree view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta! This would be the main spot for sunrise viewing for Uluru. We went there early to get a nice spot at the platform as people will be flooding in before 7 in the morning! Totally marvelled at the stunning view of the surrounding landscape with the sunrise.
On the same day after the sunrise, we took a day trip to the 300-metre deep canyon, which took around 3 hours drive from Uluru. We hiked the 6 km Kings Canyon Rim Walk and it begins with a very challenging 500-steps climb! But once we get to the summit, the view was breathtaking! It was all worth it!