It was an easy drive from Alice Springs to Yulara, but long, with 2×2.5 hour stretches each.
The section between Erldunda and Yulara have long scenic views, with red sand dunes and different coloured spinifex. The desert oak, resembling sheoak, are in two forms , either bushy or thin and I learned in later days that this was either mature or juvenile. They sway gently in the breeze, no matter their age, and add that touch of green to the soft colours already there.
We passed Mt Ebenezer and saw that the rest area was dilapidated and both felt sad that it had come to disrepair. We also passed a couple of viable rest stops, but couldn’t think of a situation where we’d need to stop overnight at that distance.
The campsite was busy, but only every second site was occupied. We bought tickets for the Field of Lights at $44/ea and had to catch the shuttle at 7.15 outside the campground. Although we both felt a little tired, we were glad we did this in the end, as the luxurious coach trip and very beautiful light show was soothing.
Apparently the artist set these up with about 20 helpers over a few months and, in 2016, intended them to be there for a few months. They are now intended to remain until 2027. The area is the same as 7 football ovals and you just get a sea of lights, in various colours that change, sweeping before you.
It was hard to photograph, which was a shame as I wanted to share the experience with my family and friends.
We spent a day making use of the free shuttle on the campground and attending some free events that included collecting bush foods, cooking with bush tucker, astrology and playing the didgeridoo.
We visited Uluru once more, walking the 10km around the base, but I’ve shared photos on that before, so I’ll finish with the classic sunrise and sunset shots from the highest point in Yulara.
Visit here, sometime. It will move your spirit.
Wear a hat and sunscreen and ALWAYS take water.
You are not wrong. The woman was actually from a different language group, in a tropical rainforest area – so different from these desert people, and had to learn the methods and names. If history repeats itself, we’ll turn to them eventually, and I hope there will be enough Aboriginal people with the knowledge and willingness to share it.
Another great tour. I loved the plant information particularly. So much that the local people know that we have so often ignored.