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How to experience Uluru (without walking on it)

Written by We Are Explorers

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news that from October 2019, the controversial climbing of Australia’s famous rock will be officially banned.

There are a plethora of other ways to appreciate the mind-melting magnitude of this natural phenomena and Aboriginal icon that we reckon are way better than trampling up and down it anyway. The best times to visit are sunrise and set when it’s a cooler and the colours are beyond any artist’s palette.

Bicycle

Two-wheeled travel using leg-engines is the way forward in our opinion - they'll get you from A to B quicker than walking, give high-5’s to the environment en route and create much needed wind-flow in the desert heat.

Outback Cycling is a mobile bicycle shop conveniently located next to the car park at the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Cultural Centre. It's up to you to decide how far you want to ride, a full lap of the rock (10.6 km) has a nice ring to it though #tourderock.

Camel

Speaking of trusty steeds, camels take desert travel to a whole other level.

You can’t help but gain a deep appreciation of these animals; how they adapted to their environment but also in the vital role they played in discovery and exploration. There’s also something pretty flippin' cool about cresting a red dune atop a ginormous 4-legged "ship of the desert".

Uluru Camel Tours are the go-to at sunrise, and in addition to the ride itself you’ll also get to scoff down home made beer-bread damper and local jams.

Skydive

We all strive to fill our lives with new experiences, and curate a mind bank of awesomeness (we are explorers after all). Hurtling towards Uluru at terminal velocity falls into this category.

Cheapskates can close their eyes, point a hair-dryer in their faces and switch on their imagination. Others may have thrown a few more goldies into their piggy banks, and although it’s over faster than most would like, it’s not something you’ll be forgetting in a hurry.

Skydive Uluru are the only operator in the area and with thousands of jumps under the belt (and a clean safety record), you’re in more than capable hands with this mob.

Hiking

Trails weave around Uluru and even into the rock itself. The base walk is the most common, a 10.6km loop that takes around 3.5 hours to complete, depending on how much you gawp at the rock art. The other options are significantly shorter (up to 4.5km) and each offers a different rock experience. Time it right after rainfall, and the Kuniya Walk guides visitors to the Mutitjulu waterhole, an experience that’ll make you question everything you thought possible at Uluru!

None of them are particularly challenging (for the most part they’re relatively short and flat) but it’s the heat that can get the better of travellers who don’t kit themselves with commonsensical supplies: water, sunscreen and hat. For a full list of walks, check this out.

Field of Light

The brainchild of British bulb wizard Bruce Munro, this ambitious art installation is like nothing else on earth.

Known locally as Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku, it means ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ which perfectly encapsulates the experience. As the light gives way to darkness, a sea of 50,000 solar lights illuminate across a spectrum of pulsing colour beneath the backdrop of the mighty Uluru.

The light installation has now been extended to run until December 2020.

There are so many ways to ensure your trip to Uluru is one you'll never forget. If you're looking to splurge for one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences then there are a number of dining experiences, where you can enjoy dinner out under the outback night sky, need we say more?

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We Are Explorers is an Australian publisher who spread the power and excitement of outdoor adventure. Founded in 2014 by Henry Brydon and now with hundreds of thousands of followers in their community, they're on a quest to help Australians search new experiences to turn into memories that last a lifetime.
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