That was the biggest excitement for a while. The view for the next hour or two looked like this:
And then! In the distance, you see it ... a long, low rock appearing on the horizon.
And it turns out to be Mt Conner, not the big rock you were expecting. Though beautiful, none the less - and, like Uluru, a sacred site for the local indigenous people.
We stopped when we got a bit closer so that we could step into the red sand and see a typical lakebed - now just a salt flat.
As we got closer to Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park, I noticed that the underside of the clouds was pink - reflecting the red earth all around.
Our first stop in the park was not 'the' rock but some other rocks: the Olgas or Kata Tjuta. Here's me with my unattractive but necessary fly-proof hat.
And here are a couple of pictures of Kata Tjuta, a group of domed rock formations. The snake king Wanambi is supposed to live on the top of the highest dome.