Uluru: One to Remember

 

I want to go to this mystical destination of Uluru. This article was sent to us from the Southern Hemisphere; written by Nicola Harvey, a traveler and mom of two boys.

 

Some holidays are jaw-dropping, leaving an imprint for life, with the tiniest memory taking you back to the place that made you stand still and reflect. Few destinations really have such an impact – the Aboriginal site of Uluru is one of them.

Famously known as Ayres Rock, located in the mystical Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park of Australia’s Northern Territory, this sacred spot has become accessible over recent years, with regular flights from Sydney. Long-haul, indirect travel is more comfortable when booking extras, such as airport hotels for a night’s rest, or convenient airport parking, try Heathrow airport parking.

When to visit? Depends how hot you like it! The temperature varies between 22 – 35°c. Come December and January, the temperature soars to around 40°c! Remember your sun-cream and hat!

A resort, respectful of Aboriginal culture, the area is popular with all travellers, including backpackers and group tours. A great way to meet new friends, a group tour will give you the opportunity to experience a spiritual experience out of your comfort zone, really reaping the benefits. Once a taboo, lone travelling is now a major trend, and having done it myself, I can certainly recommend it. The sense of achievement and confidence gained from meeting new people without your safety net is certainly something to try. The phrase “travel broadens your mind” really is true.

The park houses not only one of the world’s largest monolith, but also The Olgas, or Kata Tjuta. Translated as ‘many heads’, they consist of 36 red domes – spiritual to Aboriginal people. Due to the red colours, the ever-changing hues make sunset and sunrise a stunning and majestic experience.

There are many ways to travel around – take a camel across the dunes, or ride a Harley Davidson around the base of the rock with the wind in your hair. For an overall view, take a hot-air balloon ride – perfect! All this costs dollars, so save where you can, with pre-booked extras coming to the fore –give  airport parking a try and Birmingham airport parking for great rates.

Want serenity and pampering? There are many hotels offering fantastic spa treatments. If you prefer to be at one with nature, there are campgrounds with great facilities. A night under the stars is legendary.

It would be a crime not to learn about Aboriginal culture, and Cave Hill is the place. Yankunytjatjara displays rock art, dating back 20,000 years, telling the story of Aboriginal dreamtime. To catch your breath, head to the top of Cave Hill for breathtaking views. Before you leave, be sure to try some traditional bush-tucker!

The nearby city of Alice Springs is accessible by bus and offers restaurants and shopping opportunities, or a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Feeling energetic? Get your boots on and go bushwalking in the MacDonnell Ranges, pitch a tent and camp for the night, to be at one with nature.

Not so adventurous? Stay local and visit some wonderful displays of Indigenous art at one of many galleries.

I guarantee however you visit, you’ll leave with amazing memories you’ll never forget, and a sense of calm which seems to permeate the air. These experiences in life are few and far between. You can experience all this, with fantastic extras helping even more, such as Bristol airport parking when flying indirect to Sydney.

I’ve not met a single person who’s visited Uluru and been disappointed – truly a once in a lifetime destination, and too good an opportunity to miss.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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