In the middle of Australia’s Red Centre resides the huge orange rock formation known as Uluru, or Ayers Rock. Situated in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And watching the sunrise beyond it is on every tourist’s list (and most likely part of your tour).
Arriving when it’s still dark, you’ll watch the sky transforming from night to day in hues of blue and yellow.
Find a spot with a good view and refrain from moving as the colours are ever changing (and if you move you’ll lose your spot).
It doesn’t take long for the sky to fill with a warm, yellow glow.
As the sky lightens, it’s just about time for the sun to make an appearance.
Be warned, the popular viewing spot in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is Talinguru Nyakunytjaku (where you can see both Uluru and Kata Tjuta) and it gets busy. As with any tourist site, get there early.
The group on my trip staked out a corner and we rotated to take pictures. On a tight trip schedule, as soon as the sun rises it’s time to go. But don’t forget to check out a bit of the scenery around you.
I visited as part of an Emu Tour of the red centre. Didn’t see any emus though.
When visited: August
Weather: hot and sunny, but not unbearable