Our journeys around Australia

From the bush camp on the track we drove out onto the Stuart Highway and headed for Uluru. It was a long drive but at least it was all on the bitumen. We camped at the resort in Yulara. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are close to one another and within easy reach of the resort.
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) Our first visit was to Kata Tjuta (formally known as 'The Olgas'). They don't look very high but the tallest is 546 mtrs high.
To give you an idea of the scale, the little dots near the gap between the rocks are people. Kata Tjuta
kata_tjuta_3 The rocks really seemed to glow in the afternoon sun.
The next morning we got up early to see the sunrise at Uluru (Ayres Rock). It was a cloudy day and we weren't expecting much but at the appointed time there was enough of a gap between the clouds and the horizon to let the sun peep through and the rock suddenly lit up.

This is a genuine photo, no retouching honest!

Here are some closer views around the rock.

There were loads of (other) tourists visiting.

Uluru There are some caves in the rock and places where parts of it have fallen away leaving strange shaped scars.
On the day we left, guess what? Yes it rained and there were waterfalls where the black streaks are in the picture above. We had to get on with our journey so didn't get close to the rock that day but here is what the waterfalls look like on a dry day. Uluru Waterfall
Uluru Rock Art There were some aboriginal rock art at different locations. They were different from the paintings in Kakadu; the ones here were mostly symbols.