Drive to Uluru. It's pretty boring really. We came around a corner on the Lassiter hwy and saw a huge rock off in the distance to the south which we thought was it… for a second but it turned out to be Mt Connor. Which is at least an hour short...
Yulara is basically just a resort rather than a town with hotels, shops, tour operators and camp grounds. We stayed at the Ayers Rock Resort Campground which was fine. There's a small sand dune right in the park with a path up to the top so we climbed up to get our first real look at the mystical rock and watch the sunset. Despite being cloudy, I was quite impressed.
Now, Uluru is very impressive. It's huge. And the colours are somehow unreal. If you saw it in the backdrop of a set, you'd have a go at the decorator, "The colours don't match, mate!" It's made of sandstone that's about 900 million years old. It was a mountain that has eroded and then fallen over onto its side. This is why there are lines running vertically up the side. Water erosion has caused huge gorges
The Uluru climb is closed today.
There are a lot of people here. Many thousands. With a surprisingly large fraction of European tourists (often French and German) and high-school groups.