Apart from seeing sunrise and sunset over the sacred rock, the majority of visitors aren’t aware that there are myriad ways to experience Uluru – view it from a motorcycle, helicopter or on camelback, walk around its folds with a local Anangu guide and learn the mythology surrounding its creation. Let the great silence and isolation of its arid surrounds sink in, as you dine beneath a billion stars.
Furthermore, few realise that there are a range of breathtaking sights close by – from gorgeous Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park to the 36 giant sentient stones – Kata Tjuta – just 40 or so kilometres away from Uluru. Another little known fact: the Red Centre is not all lifeless desert. From the rim of Kings Canyon, you’ll see lush palm groves and glistening waterholes below. Also, 178 birds and 73 reptiles have been recorded in the region, including the fascinating thorny devil.
A visit to Uluru and the Red Centre can be easily incorporated into a tailor-made Australian holiday.
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Take the easy – and popular – Walpa Gorge walk around Kata Tjuta, or challenge yourself with the longer but less crowded Valley of the Winds circuit, which offers amazing viewpoints and a more spectacular sense of wilderness . Get a deeper understanding of Uluru’s significance with a visit to the Cultural Centre and let a local Anangu guide point out bush tucker, flora and fauna as you circle the towering monolith. Climb to the top of Kings Canyon for spectacular views of the gorge below, then descend to the amazingly verdant Garden of Eden below.
- Uluru, Australia’s most recognisable landmark
- Sunrise and sunset over Ayers Rock
- Many ways to experience the iconic monolith including by helicopter
- The fascinating desert landscapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- The sacred red mounds known as Kata Tjuta or The Olgas
- Majestic Kings Canyon and its Garden of Eden
- Surprising desert-adapted species and rich birdlife
- Learn about indigenous history and culture
- The immense silence and isolation of the bush
- Awesome stargazing and incomparably dark nights
Accommodation – Uluru
Suggested Tours Featuring Uluru
There are regular flights from all major Australian cities to Ayers Rock Airport, many via Alice Springs. This historic frontier town is worth a stop, for the excellent Desert Park and Olive Pink Botanic Garden. From here, it is possible to drive to Uluru, a journey of 450km along sealed road.
Uluru and the Red Centre go hand in hand with other Northern Territory Top End wonders such as Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and the ephemeral Mary River wetlands. Alternatively, head to Tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, to see the other great icons of Australia.