Sunrises and sunsets at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are something to behold. But going one step further and taking a helicopter ride over the amazing landscape provides a different perspective – whizzing across a sky that is blazing colour.
We opted for a sunset flight with the very accommodating Professional Helicopter Services. Our very friendly pilot Ash was keen we had ‘the best shot at getting the best shots’, and after our safety checks and advice we were soon moving closer to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, cameras at the ready!
Seeing these natural structures from a bird’s eye view, we soon forgot the hundreds of photos already taken from the ground. Suddenly, everything looked different.
From up here Uluru and Kata Tjuta just seem to go on forever. That beautiful red colour, the lumps and bumps, the grooves, the vegetation on top, the chasms and drop-offs, the small streams, the separation in between domes. It makes you understand why Australians and overseas guests alike want to make this journey at least once in their lifetime.
We flew towards Kata Tjuta first, then Uluru. The splendour of it all had our shutter fingers working overtime. Cameras pointing to the left, to the right, directly in front, over the pilot’s shoulder, behind for that missed angle and so it went!
Then the most spectacular sight. With each passing minute, the sky took on an orange hue which seemed to creep from the horizon beyond the domes of Kata Tjuta and make its way upwards.
All of a sudden, it was aflame. The orange changed into red, the rays got brighter, the structures seem to take on a renewed life of their own and glowed like nuggets of precious stones - albeit huge stones!
We could not wipe the smiles off our faces as we made our way back to the airport. All too soon we had landed - but captured the most amazing colours, the perspective one can only get by flying over these magnificent structures and the magic that is these spiritual places.
If you are heading to Uluru, do yourself a favour and try to fit in a flight - you will be so glad that you did. We certainly were.
Words: Corinne Le Gall Pictures: Maree Clout and Corinne Le Gall