Sunrise to sunset at Uluru

Whether you are a professional, amateur or opportunistic photographer, no-one comes away from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park without at least one obligatory photograph of sunrise or sunset. Many come away with both which of course is ideal in this unique landscape!

Guest bloggers Corinne Le Gall and Maree Clout went in search of the perfect photograph

From the lookouts dotted inside the Ayers Rock Resort to the designated spots throughout the park proper, there are plenty of options to choose from to get a great image of Uluru. It all depends on what you want in your shot.

Photo by Corinne Le Gall

For a sunset where the setting sun is reflecting onto the rock there is the designated Bus Viewing Area, and just along from there within walking distance is the Dune Viewing Area. A little deeper into the park and on the left, there is the Car Viewing Area.

From any of these, you can just do a 180 degree turn and also photograph Kata Tjuta, with the sun setting behind it, creating a dramatic silhouette. And, if you are lucky, with a blazing sky enveloping it.

Kata Tjuta | Photo by Corinne Le Gall

If you want to concentrate on Kata Tjuta, there is a viewing area known as the Dune Viewing Area 26 kilometres along the road on the right leading to Kata Tjuta. This area offers a magnificent panoramic view of the domes. Further along, just before the Walpa Gorge, a turnoff to the left will lead you to the sunset viewing area much closer to Kata Tjuta.

Kata Tjuta | Photo by Maree Clout

Sunrises can be done on the opposite side of Uluru at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku where you get a 360 degree view of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

As you can see, the choices are many.

But one word of warning. No matter whether it is a good sunrise or sunset or one that might be considered as ‘ordinary’ these viewing areas will be busy.

The trick is to arrive at least 1 - 1.5 hours before the event, find a good spot to photograph from and settle yourself there. Do not move away as your spot will be taken!

Another trick is to have your camera pointed in the direction of the upcoming event, on your tripod in good time. Also, bring a camp chair and refreshments with you and set these out near your tripod which will then restrict people standing on top of you!

Wherever you place yourself, you will not come away empty-handed - or disappointed. Also, just be aware of the park’s opening and closing times in the different seasons.

Good luck as you join the millions before and after you who will walk away with an iconic shot of this unforgettable place.

Photo by Corinne Le Gall

Words: Corinne Le Gall

Pictures: Maree Clout and Corinne Le Gall