I had already seen Uluru at sunset, got up at silly-o'clock to see it again at sunrise, walked around it, joined a group tour on the Mala Walk, stared at the rock and even hugged it. Then I flew over it. And, without a doubt, I had saved the best till last.
The guys at Professional Helicopter Services were great. My touring schedule was quite tight, and with a few phone calls and text messages they got my friends and I onto a flight. PHS picked us up from our campsite and dropped us back afterwards. It's an excellent service as we travelled up on a tour bus and had no access to a car of our own.
We were picked up in a mini-van. Flight safety instructions were given on the way to the airport and questions and answers were dealt with before we got to the airport. A real time saver! The bus that picked us up had EFTPOS and even free wi-fi! Free wi-fi anywhere in the outback is such a bonus. Many of the visitors to the area are from overseas and they have no access to their family and friends until they get a free wi-fi signal. It was a really nice touch I thought.
The helicopters carry 3 passengers - everyone gets a window seat! Yay! The windows are rounded on the outside so that the view is expanded. The windows were sparklingly clean and scratch free which made it brilliant for photo taking.
To see the World Heritage listed Uluru from the air really puts it into perspective in the landscape. It's huge and it's so very beautiful. You can see the scale of the outback and the desert that surrounds Uluru, Yulara and Kata Tjuta in the distance.
We all got great photos from our ride. The pilot answered all of our questions and pointed out a lot of interesting landmarks that we really appreciated him doing. Our flight path took us straight over our camp site in Yulara and we waved at our travel buddies (they said they saw us!)
A helicopter flight over Uluru is a great way to see it and appreciate it. Times have changed and climbing the rock is not the 'done thing' now - less than 20% of visitors climb it these days. A helicopter flight is such a great way to see it from up high - why climb it when you can fly over it in style?
I'm very glad I took the opportunity to take a helicopter view of Uluru with Professional Helicopter Services. Their name really sums up the whole experience and I would highly recommend it if you are visiting the Red Centre.
Great article and photos Paula. Visited it in 1967 when the dirt airstrip was at the base of the rock. We did our own fly around a lot closer and lower than your helicopter flight. In those days there weren't the restrictions that now apply. Well deserved silver.