Originally this website was created to help people considering a move from the UK down under to have a better understanding of what it’s really like to live in Australia.
I’m happy to say though that these days my readers come from all over the world and the reality is that I now have as many readers from the United States as I do from the United Kingdom.
Now, I can’t talk about the differences between living in the US and Australia in the same way as I can compare the differences between the UK and Oz, because I haven’t spent 49 and a half years living in the states.
But I have spent the last two weeks there, visiting, among other things, Arizona. So I can do a rather silly comparison like this…
The Grand Canyon versus Uluru
You can click on each image to enlarge it. First…
The Grand Canyon
In no particular order of importance, let’s check it out.
Beers, wine and food
It was five years ago when I went to Uluru, I wrote about it in my post called Journey to the Centre of Australia. At that time, they were charging $54.60 for six small bottles of beer.
It was $27 for a pizza and $17 for a dried up burger. I was too scared to ask the price of wine and I’d hate to think what the prices are today.
In fairness, Uluru is pretty remote, there is nothing for nearly 500 kilometres until you get to Alice Springs. I’m not sure that’s a good enough excuse though.
At the Grand Canyon last week, six similarly sized beers cost $8.34 USD (about $12 AUD), in fact they had a full-sized supermarket selling the sort of stuff supermarkets sell for the sort of prices normal supermarkets sell it for.
Prices in the restaurant were normal as well, but, it should be noted, the Grand Canyon is nowhere near as remote as Uluru; the nearest town from where we approached it, the South Rim, was less than 100 kilometres away. Even so, this decision is easy.
Winner: The Grand Canyon
Climbing Uluru versus hiking down the Grand Canyon, and death
Don’t know, I didn’t do either. What do you think, I’m nuts?
When I wrote my post To Climb Uluru or Not to Climb Uluru? I discovered that there have been 37 recorded deaths of climbers; I wasn’t going to make it 38.
At 348 metres high it is almost as tall as the Empire State Building, and this is the route climbers take…
That’s nothing though, the Grand Canyon is about a mile deep and it would take an experienced hiker about three or four hours to get to the bottom and reach the Colorado River. Doing the round trip in one day is not recommended.
About 770 people have died in the Grand Canyon since the 1800s according to citylab, who go on to say that about a dozen fatalities occur each year on average.
Suicides, dehydration, hypothermia and accidents top the list. That’s why you won’t find me hiking down the Grand Canyon or even getting anywhere near close to the edge.
That brings me back to the third picture from above, you did take a close look, didn’t you? Well here’s a closer one…
Are these people mad?
So, I’m not sure who wins this one. Is the winner the one responsible for the most deaths or is it the safest sightseeing attraction?
Winner: You decide
When you first set eyes on the Grand Canyon, your jaw drops. It is, undoubtedly, awesome. It would be awesome, it is apparently 18 miles wide and 277 miles long using US measurements. For us, that’s 29 by 446 kilometres.
Whilst it is its size that gives it its awesomeness, it also means you only get to see it from the same or similar angle unless you’re prepared to spend a long long time circumnavigating it.
Uluru is different, you first see it from a distance, quite a distance. Then as you get closer and closer, it gets bigger and bigger, and slowly it begins to become awesome.
You can walk round Uluru, there is a track, it’s only about 10 kilometres all told. You get to see Uluru from every angle and the more you see the more mesmerised you become.
I took about 30 pictures of the Grand Canyon and I was done. I took more than 70 of Uluru and also shot about 45 minutes or more of video. I took some time to edit and create a movie of that footage and add a little background music, for personal use.
Every now and then I watch it.
For quite some time after visiting Uluru, I couldn’t stop thinking about the place. There is no denying it’s mystical and spiritual.
After spending three or four hours around the Grand Canyon, we jumped back into the car and said “wow, that was a big hole” and headed off. Then we started wondering what we were going to eat for dinner.
The seven natural wonders of the world
- The Grand Canyon = Is
- Uluru = Isn’t
Winner: The Grand Canyon
- The Grand Canyon costs $30 USD (equivalent to $45 AUD at current rates) per car, so as many as 5 people, who can stay for up to 7 days.
- Uluru is free for the under 16’s, otherwise it’s $25 per person for up to 3 days.
So, unless you are going on your own…
Winner: The Grand Canyon
See both, if you get the chance, but don’t climb up or down.