Visiting Uluru is a rite of passage for every Australian and it’s just a few hours’ flight away. There’s a tonne of awesome family-friendly experiences and is bound to be a trip of a lifetime!
There’s so much to do and see for families in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with plenty of free activities to ensure you don’t break the budget. Here is what I would recommend:
Take the 1.5-hour Mala Walk along the base of Uluru, which is a free ranger-guided tour. You can learn so much about the site and Indigenous culture on this walk which will give you a nice overview of what the area means to local Indigenous people.
Whether it’s sunrise or sunset, watching the sun hit the rock and seeing it change from a vibrant orange through to a dark charcoal brown is majestic.
Visit the Cultural Centre to find about the local Anangu culture and discover how Aboriginal people survive in the outback environment.
Hire bicycles and ride around the base of Uluru with your kids– it’s flat with plenty of places to rest and take in the spectacular views. Plus, the kids can feel the enormity and power of this incredible landmass.
For something a little different, create your own artwork at a dot-painting workshop. It’s a nice memory for the kids to take home to remind them of their time in The Red Centre.
Expose yourself and your family to the free cultural dancing and theatre events put on by local people in the area. It’s a great way to soak up the local culture.
Make sure you take a trip out to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and explore these incredible rocks and trails. Some people believe these are more awe inspiring that Uluru.
Jump on the back of a camel and have a laugh with your family as you discover the secrets of Uluru.
One of the first things you realise when you’re in The Red Centre is the powerful constellations that engulf the night sky. The stars are so bright because they don’t have to compete with the lights of a city. So make sure you view the wide expanse of the outback constellations on a family Astro Tour (children under 15 are free).
Lastly, listen to the tales of an Indigenous storyteller at a free Bush Yarn activity. The kids will be captivated as they continue to gain a better understanding of the stories from the local Aboriginal people.
With so much on offer this destination really is built to be a trip of a lifetime for the entire family!
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