Uluru – the most famous tourist attraction of Australia. We were informed about the lack of low budget accommodation available in Yulara – the town near Uluru, so we pitched our tent 30 kilometers away from it. We enjoyed the sunset with this amazing rock on the horizon, and went to bed early, to wake up at 3AM. Why so early? To reach the Rock before sunrise!

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Mat has seen Uluru already (he hitchhiked across Australia during his student gap year), but the power of this amazing place makes your jaw drop no matter how many times you see it. We highly recommend to visit Ayers Rock (as it was named by the first Westerners who arrived to the Center of Australia) early in the morning. One can witness a spectacle of colors and patterns that no other world on this planet can deliver!

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Sleepy, but happy! What a place -it was definitely worth it to get up in the middle of the night!

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And we have made it on our bikes!

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Once the sun is up, the flies awake.

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Uluru is a sacred site for the Aboriginal people of all the tribes of Australia. There are some interesting rock paintings in caves all over the place, some of them accessible for the visitors.

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Some visitors climb to the top of Uluru. We found this idea utterly inappropriate. How could one climb a site of such spiritual and cultural importance?

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Going further and further away from it…

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From Uluru we cycled towards Katja Tjuta (or The Olgas), a series of dome-like rock structures.

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Due to the extremely strong headwinds and unusually high temperature during the day, we had made it to Kata Tjuta very late. Both Uluru and Katja Tjuta are protected by the government (they are UNESCO sites). Although camping within the range of the park is strictly forbidden, we were allowed by one of the rangers to camp not that far from it, as we got stuck in heavy rain and thunderstorm.

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In the morning, we cycled a bit around it.

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Both sites are amazing and well worth hundreds of liters of sweat and early morning wake ups.