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).

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

Arriving when it’s still dark, you’ll watch the sky transforming from night to day in hues of blue and yellow.

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Red Centre, Australia

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Red Centre, Australia

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).

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

It doesn’t take long for the sky to fill with a warm, yellow glow.

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

As the sky lightens, it’s just about time for the sun to make an appearance.

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

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.

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Red Centre, Australia

Sunrise, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Red Centre, Australia

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.

Sunrise at Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

Sunrise at Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Red Centre, Australia

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

Further Information:  WikiTravel, UNESCO

 

Posted by Sunburnt Back

3 Comments

  1. CrazyGuyinThailand 01/05/2014 at 18:05

    Stunning!

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  2. Very pretty. Hope that I can visit Uluru soon 🙂

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    1. Yes, it’s an amazing place. For some reason a lot bigger closer up than I expected!

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