Watching the sunrise at Uluru is amazing!

Sunrise at Uluru is not to be missed

One of the best places to see the sunrise, in my humble opinion, is at Uluru in Australia’s Red Centre.

I can’t believe it’s nearly 5 years since we (finally) got to see Uluru and the Red Centre!

After travel restrictions are lifted, and until international travel is allowed, we are being encouraged to see our own ‘backyard’. I can’t recommend seeing Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park highly enough.

Every day we were there we managed to capture sunrise and sunset from different viewing locations. It was so worth getting up early for! These are a few of my favourite shots.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park
One of the many beautiful sunrises over Uluru
Uluru at sunrise
Uluru at sunrise
Sunrise at Uluru
Sunrise at Uluru
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) at sunrise
Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) at sunrise

Why are the colours so amazing?

Apparently the colour changes of Uluru result from the filtering effect of the earth’s atmosphere on the sun’s rays. Isn’t that cool?

The colours were fabulous each and every time.

Our meeting with a mad Englishman at Uluru

On our final morning at Uluru, we met this mad Englishman while waiting for the sun to rise at Uluru!

He hopped out of his car with thongs (flip flops) on his feet, board shorts on, a towel wrapped around his shoulders and a cloth cap on his head…and he had a can of XXXX beer in his hand!

Remember that it was before 7.30am!

A mad Englishman at sunrise at Uluru
A mad Englishman at sunrise at Uluru

It was a cold morning and he was obviously feeling a bit chilled, as the towel wrapped around his shoulders indicated.

We passed morning pleasantries, as you do in these places, and he promptly explained that it was a longtime dream of his to drink a can of beer, at sunrise, at Uluru.

He could now tick it off his bucket list!

On top of that he had just driven across the Nullabor, not a walk in the park by any stretch of the imagination! They had car troubles along the way requiring him to hitch a lift on a road train (long massive trucks). He just thought it was all a great adventure…as I’m sure it was!

We chatted while the sun rose, with Uluru coming alive in the daylight, and then we went our separate ways with a cheery wave out the window.

Just a few random thoughts and photos for Sunday Stills this week.

Everything starts with a sunrise but it’s what we do before it sets that matters.

K Mcgraw

Rise/set is the prompt for Terri’s Sunday Stills this week and it was great fun to relive this amazing holiday and to share some of my photos with you.

Have you ever been to Uluru? Or met a real character like my Englishman? I’m always interested to hear your stories and thoughts, so leave me a comment below.

And, as always, thank you for your visit. Have a great week ahead.

Deb xx

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71 Replies to “Watching the sunrise at Uluru is amazing!”

  1. Is that Ayres rock, Debbie? From a distance (in your last photo), it looks like a cloud formation on the horizon. Did you get the chance to touch the rock? I understand you can also climb it? It’s an incredible feature in such a flat landscape.
    As for the mad Englishman, I’m glad he got to tick the visit off his bucket list. Sounds like he was having quite the adventure.

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    1. Yes Hugh, it is now called Uluru, formerly known as Ayres Rock. We walked around the base, touched it and also rode bikes around it. Climbing isn’t allowed anymore out of respect for Aboriginal culture. The rock is amazing close up and very textured, so different to what I had imagined. I loved meeting the mad Englishman, he was having a huge adventure!

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  2. I LOVED Uluru! One of the best trips of my life! And that sunset and sunrise were so uplifting and earthly spiritual. It is so great when I see pics or read stories from others visiting and sharing their experiences. Nice pics!

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  3. Just read Hugh’s comment and that is what I always thought Ayres Rock was, now renamed Uluru! What an amazing sight to see, Debbie! And a great story of someone who is living his dream. I may never make it to Australia, but I imagine the red and orange colors are similar as they are in Monument Valley and so many areas of the US Southwest.

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    1. Yes Terri, it really was an amazing sight and one you really have to see for yourself to appreciate it. My photos, although good, don’t tell the story by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve not been to your area but can imagine the rocks being similar colours. I loved being able to share these shots again, so many thanks.

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    1. Yes Sue, it was a spiritual feeling and one we’ll never forget! So glad we can visit these places through the eyes of others until we can get there ourselves 🙂


  4. Hi Deb, I realize this is strange, but you were my first thought. have you seen the posts from “The Next Phase in Fitness?” Her page seems to be missing and the last post looks incomplete, But more than that I am concerned and wonder if you have any personal contact with the author? If you haven’t seen the posts I am referring to, and if you have time, please check them out. Michele

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  5. Oh my goodness, the characters met on travels can take on a whole life experience of their own. 🙂 These pics are beautiful. I’ve never been to the NT but maybe one day. Until then I enjoy experiencing places through the eyes of others.

    Sandra. Xx

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  6. I agree with you about the colours – I was lucky enough to see sunrise and sunset at Uluru when I did a trip to the red centre on my first visit down under in 2002! I’ve always wanted to go back and your stunning photos brought back many happy memories!

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  7. I think every Australian should see Uluru at least once in their life. I’m lucky to have seen it twice – the first time I flew into Uluru with two small children on my way to Alice Springs. The view from the air was breathtaking. The second time we drove there and camped for a few nights so we were able to see Uluru at sunset and sunrise. It’s hard to describe the beauty of this part of Australia because words don’t do it justice. We didn’t climb as our kids were only toddlers (and we wanted to respect the local Aboriginal people who did not want people to climb as it is a sacred place for them). We drove around Uluru and walked into several stunning areas with waterfalls and water holes (it was a very wet year when we went – unusual for the Northern Territory). Highly recommend this trip to everyone

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    1. I totally agree with you!, everyone should visit there at least once. My husband wanted it to rain while we were there to see the water run off the rock but it didn’t happen. We will definitely go back again, as the beauty is just amazing and awe inspiring. I can’t believe it was 5 years ago that we were there, how time flies!


  8. I went to Uluru in 2001. In fact I was at the Sounds of Silence (outback) dinner when the planes crashed into the World Trade Centre so I’d watched the sunrise that morning. The next day I left to head to Alice Springs (returning my hire car) and heard the news as I drove away really early in the morning and still remember looking at the rock with tears streaming down my face as it seemed so surreal. (Then of course I had no more radio contact until I got to Alice Springs just before lunchtime!)

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  9. Lovely photos Deb…incredible colors. And what a character you met! As my mother said, it takes all types. But, I totally agree with him about checking things off one’s bucket list. I have lots of wishes on my list!!!

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  10. Thanks for sharing the sunrise with me Debbie, it’s simply stunning, and with any luck someday I’ll get to experience this in person. My son lived in Australia for 3 years and we visited a few times but this wasn’t on our radar! Thanks again. C

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  11. WOW! The colors vary so much from one photo to the next. That rosie glow in the shot with your new friend and his beer is so warm and pretty. the golden hour right before sunset here is often the prettiest time of day in El Paso. This area looks very much like the desert around my city.

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  12. Thank goodness for people like you Deb, who not only get to have this as part of your life experiences but you are generous enough to share with others. Amazing scenes.
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek and I look forward to seeing you again next Monday when the optional prompt is 26/51 Best Time Of Day. 29.6.2020 Take care, Denyse.

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