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  • +14 votes

    Now I don't want to alarm anyone, but as Melbourian, what's the stock levels of toilet paper looking like in Alice Springs? Asking for a friend.

    • +5 votes

      All the poo ticket hoarding morons should be quarantined.

    • +1 vote

      Be smart, carry a roll at the bottom of each bag. Make sure you kingston lock it to your luggage. Also have a stash of pocket tissues in your travel wallet tucked under your clothing.

  • +14 votes

    Don't want to be pedantic , but wasn't that big natural structure renamed a while back ?

  • +1 vote

    Apr / Jun 2010 😅😅😅

  • +5 votes

    Good to see you using its British Empire name.
    Tally Ho!

  • -1 vote

    Please don't bring the coronavirus to the red center

    • +3 votes

      It's coming ready or not. Yulara needs regular deliveries of food, water and fuel from far away.

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    Don’t bring your climbing boots!

    • +5 votes

      Kata Tjuta is close by and highly recommended. Good footwear is a must. Also I recommend King's Canyon about a 5 hour drive away. Very different to Uluru/Kata Tjuta.

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    Wasn't there reports of people taking dumps up on Uluru before it was closed off? Perhaps there is an abundance of toilet paper up there???

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      I didn't see any in September 2019, although after the first steep stretch of the climb someone lost their lunch.

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    hasn't climbing of Ayre's rock been banned now by local Uluru tribesmen?

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      Banned on 26 October 2019. Honestly, the rock is far more beautiful and interesting when walking around the base than the view from the top.

      • +25 votes

        Nah, climbed it. It was great at the top lol

        • +3 votes

          Why the negs?? Do you think he/she is lying?!

          • -15 votes

            @thebargainhunter: I think it's cause, dare I say it, some people might have decency on this website and wouldn't have climbed it?

            • +3 votes

              @bkhm: why would climbing be less decent? What makes aboriginal people more Australian than everyone else, if anything we're all "illegal immigrants" but then no humans are "illegal" also need to build bridges not walls etc etc right?

              More seriously though, I think tourism may potentially go down and ultimately hurting the surrounding communities, but time will tell.

              • +5 votes

                @yannyrjl: I didn't say they were more Australian. I meant it as simply respect for others. Similar to how some churches forbid taking photos, how you have to cover up in mosques and not point in Buddhist temples. What am I really going to gain from climbing a rock? There's hundreds of other national parks with thousands of others of rocks I can climb. This is a whole culture of people who see the rock as something more to them and they didn't prevent me from climbing it but as a decent human being who respects others beliefs, I didn't.

                I don't want to use the race card since I don't believe it's directly related to any of us but seriously considering all the things that happened to them in the past, we can at least afford them this decency. But I mean I'm not surprised, I expected this sort of reaction.

                Actually, I take it all back, I can't argue by giving examples of things you probably don't respect or do anyways.

                • +4 votes

                  @bkhm: "Similar to how some churches forbid taking photos, how you have to cover up in mosques and not point in Buddhist temples."

                  Aboriginals didn't 'build' Uluru. There is a very different argument for a natural structure than something someone made.

                  • +1 vote

                    @Lv80: Your argument is then something is sacred only if it is built by humans?

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                      @bkhm: I think it's more actual property ownership, which I understand isn't a concept that the Aboriginals are aware of until European contact.

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                        @yannyrjl: The aboriginal people have a system of land ownership which existed before European settlement. They resisted the colonisation of their land by the Europeans.

                        This is recognised by government legislation.

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                  @bkhm: I totally understand what you believe in and commend you for believing it firmly, however, when people want to live in a truly diverse society and "respect" everyone (rather than just be courteous). Then you going to have to "respect" opinions that you may find in your opinion indecent or even offensive.

                  I find the over use of cliche "Respect Everyone" very demeaning, respect is earned, so I will not respect single person I meet without them demonstrating any traits worthy of respect. On the other hand, I believe courtesy is paid, hence, living in a civil society we certainly should be courteous, but that's my opinion and I will not enforce this onto others.

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                  @bkhm: Also probably shouldn't played the race card. It was unfortunately around the Aboriginal & European contact, however, historically and objective speaking given the isolated location of Australia, any civilisation with the ability to travel to Australia across oceans would have resulted in similar if not worse consequences for the Aboriginals.

                  Think about it, if the Brits didn't make first contact, which civilisation which later had the naval capability would the aboriginal fared better against?

              • +3 votes

                @yannyrjl: You need help

  • +1 vote

    The airport is officially known as Ayers Rock Airport with code AYQ.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayers_Rock_Airport

    The title is correct in that you're going to Ayers Rock airport, but let's face it, everyone there goes to Yulara and onto Uluru.

  • +4 votes

    How is the tourism doing now that you can't climb the rock?

  • +2 votes

    Good price and good place to visit (also no covid19 yet). Before you book make sure you have your trip all planned out as it can be very expensive to do it on the day. Would recommend 3 nights but it can be done in 2. Also be sure to head out to Kata Tjuta!

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    I flew Jetstar to Ayer's Rock.

    Return flight in the afternoon to Melbourne but
    stalled by Jetstar with few updates till evening,
    bus trip to Alice Springs by midnight,
    Alice Springs airport next morning,
    waiting hours for them to get Ayer's Rock Airport Jetstar on the phone and sort out a ticket,
    Adelaide by the afternoon,
    evening flight home to Melbourne (after another hour+ delay on the tarmac)

    We also weren't told what was going on, most of the time

    Have a muffin or something handy (and empty water bottle) at Ayer's Rock Airport in case of delays (cafe runs out of food if there is a major delay)

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    how many days is enough for alice springs?

    • +14 votes

      Just so you know, Uluru is 470km from Alice Springs. Not close at all.

      If you want a longer holiday, fly to Alice Springs and stay there (lots more places to stay, wider price range).

      You can visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Katatjuta (The Olgas) on a day trip from Alice Springs. Bus leaves at 6am, gets back about 9pm, and you get about four or five hours at the above attractions. If you want to stay longer, there are options to stay overnight at the Yulara resort, which is close to Uluru.

      In Alice Springs, you can visit the original telegraph station (next to the water springs that give Alice Springs their name), the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the grave of the founder, Reverend Flynn. There is also Kings Canyon to the west, and Rainbow Gorge to the south.

      Just know that if you're coming from a coastal area, the scenery will seem dry and barren. I lived there for two years, and I recall it took me six months before I could appreciate the beauty of the landscape. Alice Springs and the surroundings are really beautiful, in their own way.

      On the trip from Alice Springs to the rock, you will see Mount Conner (a flat-topped mesa) in the distance, and go past the Henbury Meteorite Craters if you find that sort of thing interesting.

      The air is very dry. Take some lip balm with you. If the flies are bad, as they often are, go into one of the tourist shops and buy a hat with a beekeeper's head net (I assume these are still sold, it's several decades since I was last there).

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        • 1 for the info
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        lol didnt realise it was so far. cool thanks for that info. will check it out!

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          didnt realise it was so far

          It's a very common belief that they are close. Both locations are usually described as being "in the center of Australia", which is probably why people think they are close.

          Alice is a lovely place to live. It's great for bicycle riding, it's completely flat other than a single small hill (Anzac Hill), and it only rains maybe three days per year. It has small-town charm, while still having major department stores (Coles, Woolies, Kmart and Target).

          If you go there in August, you may see the "Henley-on-Todd" boating regatta. Well, not really boats, you've got to see it to believe it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyh3-hq-GdA

          If you decide to hire a car to go exploring, make sure you know what you're doing. On some roads, you can go for 100km without any signposts. If you have a breakdown and don't have enough supplies and water, you can die before anyone finds you, and you can't use your mobile phone to call for help in most places.

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    +1 for mention Ayers Rock

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    Do the prices include use of toilet paper onboard?

  • -1 vote

    I don't get it. There's nothing to do at Ayers Rock. Are people just transiting there, or what?

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      its the scenery and nature.some will appreciate it, some won't

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      The whole point of going is to look at one of the natural wonders of the world. If this isn't your cup of tea then fine, but thousands of people flock there every year to do just that :\

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        I'm fairly sure most people went there to climb it.

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          I'm definitely sure you have no idea what you're talking about

          • -1 vote

            @Hinee: You're dead wrong, according to "The Australian" Jan 27, 2020 and "NT News" Jan 30, 2020. A quick Google would have informed you that tourism numbers are well down since the climbing ban was introduced.

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              @dcash: Hinee is right. For years and years the majority of visitors to Uluru never did the climb.

              It's too early to tell on visitor numbers. Of course there is a decline since the peak of last year. Now with coronavirus it will be a while before we get an idea of visitor trends.

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              @dcash: It hasn't even been 1 year since they banned climbing. Not enough data

    • +1 vote

      The landscape in the area is quite impressive. You know, some people are into National Parks and stuff.

  • +5 votes

    Haha all the edge lords calling it Ayers Rock. Mad lads!

    Lol

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      It's still part of the official name, and was the name before the so-called Aboriginals invented their own name and then back-dated it.

      • +1 vote

        No. When Europeans first saw Uluru around 150 years ago they claimed ownership of it and renamed it Ayers Rock.

        In 1985 Uluru and the surrounding area was given back to the traditional owners. The Anangu have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years. It is now leased back to the government.

        • -1 vote

          who lived there before the Anangu? Did the Anangu take it from the previous owners, perhaps a different tribe.

          I find it fascinating that history seems to start whenever Europeans get there, it's some what understandable as the Europeans kept excellent records and documentation, but somewhat "offensive" about the rich histories or the struggles prior. Mixed feelings.

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            @yannyrjl:

            who lived there before the Anangu?

            Short answer: we don't know and probably never will.

            At various times in history, tens of thousands of years ago, there have been land bridges between New Guinea and Australia. It was possible to walk into Australia, and it's believed this is a likely way that Australian Aborigines came to Australia.

            When the Anangu arrived at their traditional grounds, there may have been inhabitants descended from people who came over previous land bridges, or there may not. Due to the climate, there is hardly any food in Central Australia, so Aborigines would have been very sparsely populated. As a result, there is very little in the way of archaeological remains from which to deduce their history.

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              @Russ: great answer and as I would have expected the same given the length of time being traced back. So I think this is the most objective conclusion we can find, acknowledging the possibility but finding no supporting evidence to the contrary.

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            @yannyrjl: There's no evidence that anyone lived there before the Anangu people. Just read an update that archaeological evidence goes back more than 30,000 years. Incredible how they have survived and looked after the land for many, many millennia.

            It was nearly the final version of their history when Europeans arrived.

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              @tranter: I believe Russ above gave a very strong answer. I think your answer draws some conclusion that can't be objectively concluded. What makes the Anangu people unique among Australian Aboriginals for the evidence to point that no other group of people lived in the region during the over 30,000 years mentioned? How do they distinguish if the group have in fact stayed there for that long, and not a similar in culture but distinctly different group?

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                @yannyrjl: You don't have to take my answer :)

                If you really are interested read up on some of the scientific work done by anthropologists to discover the exact methodology and body of evidence.

                The Anangu homeland covers a vast area, including parts of South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. They have been the custodians and traditional owners for thousands of generations.

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                  @tranter: I did look, and the conclusion of my research albeit fairly brief hour or so, show rather a lack of body of evidence. It's more so lack of evidence to the contrary as Russ mentioned above.

                  I don't see the evidence present suggest the people currently know as Anangu have live in the vast area you mentioned for thousands of generations. I think you have concluded via no proof to the negative, rather than actual positive evidence.

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                    @yannyrjl:

                    fairly brief hour or so…

                    Ok, lol.

                    Like I said, you don't have to take my answer. It's not my mission here to convince you one way or the other.

                    The info is out there though. Contact some of the relevant people or organisations if you are having trouble tracking down the work.

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                      @tranter: haha, well still read around 20 or so articles / abstracts

                      You seem to have seen a lot of the info given you mocked my hour effort. If you are aware of the info, I love to be pointed in the right direction, keen to read some proper peer-reviewed papers in well established journals, hopefully this area is still haven't lost it's place in the "hard-sciences"

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            @yannyrjl: | who lived there before the Anangu?

            No one.

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          When is the first documented mention of Uluru? And when is the first documented mention of Ayers Rock? I will therefore continue to call it by it's earliest verifiable name, Ayers Rock.

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            @dcash: That's fine if you choose to use Ayers Rock as the name, it doesn't bother me at all. After all, the official name is Uluru / Ayers Rock and I'm sure you grew up calling it Ayers Rock.

            According to anthropologists the original name Uluru was used well before Europeans arrived. The people who actually own the rock and work in the national park still call it by that name today.

            The name Ayers Rock is being used less and less. Today, almost all official literature and maps use the original name Uluru.

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        "so-called Aboriginals".. yikes!

  • +2 votes

    Nice price for the air ticket but cheapest price hotel there is $300 a night.

  • +2 votes

    I guess that tourist money is drying up now no climbers are allowed. money talks. will see how long the ban stays

  • +1 vote

    Is there even anything to do there now since you can’t climb it?

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      The Segway tour around the base of the rock are great fun, loved it, better than the climb IMO..

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        Plane flight is also awesome, or helicopters
        Olgas and a hike through them is also awesome.
        Field of lights?

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          Doing the hikes at the crack of dawn to avoid the bus loads of tourists makes then a lot better IMO… (same as anywhere like that, Kakadu, and such)

          I think I enjoyed the long hike (Rim Walk?) at Kings Canyon more then The Olgas…

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    Thanks OP. Managed to get return from BNE, Fri-Mon for $200.
    The hotels are also running a 3 nights for the price of 2, so managed to save some money there too.

    Just need to stay virus free now

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