Photoblog: Sunrise in Uluru, Australia

Posted on October 22, 2012 by

Blinding rays of orange flashed across the vast desert like a laser light show. But this was nothing more than the work of Mother Nature. As the vermillion ball of fire rose quickly above the flat horizon, it splashed a kaleidoscope of colors onto the originally monochromatic scene. What was grey and black in the dawn light instantly came alive. The brooding Uluru was now painted in burgundy red, rising from a lime green plain of spinifex grass with patches of red sand in between. The stack of rock mountains at Kata Tjuta was even brighter than before, illuminated in a shade of rose red, with striated lines of black and white running across their flaky surface.

Sunrise at Uluru and Kata Tjuta was a stunning sight to behold, and there was no better moment to experience these two impressive sights than at the crack of dawn. While on a three-day desert safari out in Australia’s Red Centre, we got the chance to see it for ourselves. The fascinating transformation from night to day took place in a sheer matter of minutes – and yet, it had the power to stay deeply imprinted in my memories.

We’re sharing these memories with you here through our photos, hope they bring you there with us!

the sun rising
Sun slowly poking over the horizon
Sun slowly rising
Sun high above
Uluru up close
Kata Tjuta at sunrise

Disclaimer: This experience was made possible by Tourism NT and Wayoutback Desert Safaris, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

7 Responses to “Photoblog: Sunrise in Uluru, Australia”

  1. patbean October 23, 2012 7:45 am #

    Uluru is at the top of my travel to-do list. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos

    • Nellie October 28, 2012 6:22 am #

      It is an extraordinary sight, well worth the trip!

  2. midlifewanderlust1965 October 23, 2012 3:11 pm #

    It is also on my travel to-do list. Those photos are simply beautiful

  3. Carlos Ho D. October 25, 2012 8:00 am #

    Love it. Very rich and vivid colors.
    It's been on the top of my to-do list ever since I was a small boy:

  4. DAVID November 6, 2012 8:28 pm #

    What amazing colors in these pictures. Have written artlices on Alice Springs before.


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