A View From the Campground

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When you visit Uluru the (only, as far as I know) place to stay is Ayers Rock Resort in nearby Yulara since there is no camping in the national park.  It’s about 15km from Uluru.  The campground is huge, there are nearly 200 powered sites and just as many unpowered.  There are also cabins and large group sites.  Those huge group sites got quite a bit of use while we were there.  I imagine that during peak season they are fully booked out.  We were there late enough in the season to not worry about booking in advance, but they were still plenty busy.  The resort also has a hotel, lodge, and apartments.  There’s a small town centre with an IGA, Australia Post, souvenir shops and other little shops. In the campground you can walk up to a lookout for a view of Uluru.  We decided to have a look at the sunset from here one night during our stay.  We took our chairs with us and were joined by several others including some families so the kids all had a nice play while we watched the sunset. A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? Facing off to one side you can see Kata-Tjuta in the distance. A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? Way off in the distance, actually. A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? Not a great view, but easy to get to since it was only steps away from the caravan!  I’ll never forget that this was the night we got a new Prime Minister, since we chatted about it with another family while we were up there.  They had just watched the movie Paper Planes and so their kids had brought along all these paper planes they’d made. A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? There was also one of those touristy telescope thingies, it was supposed to take coins but worked without them.  I thought i had a picture but can’t find one.  We all took turns looking through that for a closer view of the rock.  What a beautiful sunset we saw! A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? Doesn’t LadyBug (5) look pretty in my hat?  A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? We tried the hold up Uluru thing but it didn’t quite work.  Too far away to focus properly with my limited camera skills! A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? Poor little TurboBug was made to carry his own chair.  Aren’t we cruel?  Not really.  He’s two, so he wants to do everything himself, including carrying his own chair that’s really a bit big for him to carry.  He managed pretty well.  I loved watching him play with SkeeterBug (10).  He was copying the poses his older brother was doing.  So cute. A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? I love how TurboBug is so much a part of things, he’s not just the little brother but his older siblings make sure he is included in everything.  Well, nearly everything, he is two after all! A View From the Campground | How Many More Minutes? While in Uluru we once again ran into a travelling family we knew so the kids really enjoyed that.  The campground has a pool and a good playground.  The kids, of course, would have been happy to spend the rest of our time at the campground.  I mean, they’ve seen Uluru, so now let’s swim!  But no, we continue to make them see the sights.  Terrible parents, aren’t we?  🙂

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