A natural wonderland
One of the great natural wonders of the world, Uluru/Ayers Rock towers above the surrounding landscape.
Geologists say their formation began about 550 milion years ago. Uluru is not only a spectacular natural formation, but its a deeply spiritual place. You can feel a powerful presence the moment you first set eyes on it.
For the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu, World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holds a special cultural significance.
Whether you choose to walk with a traditional owner, join a camel tour, self-drive or dine under a canopy of stars there is something to suit everyone.
Top 5 things to do
1. Walk around the base of Uluru
The Uluru Base Walk is one of the best ways to soak in the beauty and get up close to Uluru.
You can circumnavigate the 9.4 km base and relax beside tranquil waterholes, take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree and peer into hidden caves.
Join a guided tour to hear stories of the Dreamtime passed down by generations. See incredible rock art sites, learn about the natural flora and fauna of the area, and find out more about the fascinating geology of this area.
Did you know that what we see today are just the tips of huge rock slabs that continue below the ground for up to six kilometers!
Many visitors are surprised to learn that there are more than 415 species of native plants, 21 species of mammals, 178 species of birds, 73 species of reptiles and thousands more species of ants, spiders and bugs found here.
There are plenty of walking trails at the base of Uluru and most are wheelchair accessible. By choosing to walk around the base instead of climbing, you will be respecting the wishes of the local Aboriginal people.
2. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset
Uluru is famous the world over for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Whatever you do, don’t miss a sunset or sunrise at Uluru when the light turns its massive surface from ochre brown to burnished orange to intense red and all the colours in between.
There are over five viewing areas built specifically for experiencing the landscapes of Uluru so don’t forget to pack your camera!
3. Dine under a canopy of stars
Have the dinner of your life, under the stars and deep in the desert against the backdrop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, tucking into gourmet outback fare.
What better way to enjoy NT’s iconic landscapes then by combining them with world class dining experiences.
With Sounds of Silences and Tali Wiru dinner packages available from Voyages, there is a dining experiences to suit all budgets and tastes.
4. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Culture Centre
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for visitors to the park.
The centre offers information about activities and the park as well as an introduction into Anangu culture.
The award winning Maruku Arts has a diverse range of art including woven baskets, punu (woodwork) and traditional paintings on canvas.
Get involved and take part in demonstrations and workshops with local artists.
Maruku Retail Gallery, is located at the Cultural Centre within Uluru Kata -Tjuta National Park.
5. Take a camel tour
Travel through the red sand of Central Australia on the back of a camel, or desert ship, taking sunrise and sunset tours to both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a deeply sacred place to the Indigenous Anangu people. Because the climb has great spiritual significance Anangu say ‘please don’t climb’.
Please don’t climb
The climb is not strictly prohibited, but we do ask that you respect the local law and culture by not climbing Uluru.
The climb is physically demanding and for your safety there are times when the climb is closed. The climb can also be dangerous. Some people have died while attempting to climb Uluru, while many others have been injured.
Rather than climbing Uluru you can take the fascinating Uluru base walk instead. Start from Mala carpark in the morning while it is cool, take plenty of water and discover the diverse plants, and animals and geological features. This is the best way to fully appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Uluru.
Take a tour and chat with local guides to learn more about their culture and the significance of this mighty rock.
There is also a free ranger-guided ‘Mala’ walk on every day. This walk talks you through the story of the Mala (rufous-hare wallaby people), giving you the chance to learn more about traditional Anangu culture, rock art and how the park is managed.
There are plenty of options so please visit Parks Australia website for more information.
Uluru can be accessed by air with direct flights from major Australian airports and via Alice Springs airport. The Red Centre Way drive is ideal for those wanting a self-drive adventure or you can join one of many organised tours from Alice Springs.
Please see the following links for more information.