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Uluru & Surrounds

Map showing the Uluru and Surrounds region in the Northern Territory

Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region's gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but it also offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours from Sydney.

Get ready to be blown away by World Heritage-listed natural wonders, iconic wildlife and the red dirt of the Australian Outback. The Uluru region is home to two of Australia's most famous rock formations, a mighty canyon and an ancient indigenous culture rich in story, dance and art.

Top 10 region awarded to The Red Centre, Australia. Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019

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Cue the #LionKing soundtrack... 😜 No matter how many times you've seen it in photos, nothing comes close to viewing #Uluru in real life. The giant monolith is best seen at dawn and sunset, as the light changes and the rock seems to glow. The national park has five viewing areas dedicated to experiencing and photographing this beautiful scene. Our tip: While Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is the main sunrise viewing area for Uluru, the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area pretty much guarantees you a beautiful shot of the icon with a long lens as @stephan_daprato discovered!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Stephan. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky with views of #Uluru and #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas)... need we say more? Your Sounds of Silence dinner experience begins with canapes and sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the national park. As the sun sets and darkness falls to the sound of a didgeridoo, join your table of fellow travellers for an unforgettable night of food, aboriginal culture and star gazing ✨ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ExploreUluru! #SeeAustralia #RestaurantAustralia #ExploreUluru

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Views don't get much better than this! @mooski_adventures and their mates recently road-tripped through the NT... all the way from the Top End to the other-worldly 36 domes of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas). About 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, they sit shoulder to shoulder and form a spectacular and unique configuration of deep valleys and steep gorges spread over more than 20 kilometres (12.4 miles). You can explore these ancient red ''rockbergs'' via walking trails that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks or view them from the air on a scenic helicopter flight. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Amy and Sarah! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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G'day from #KingsCanyon 🤠 Located midway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, you'll find this natural wonder at the western end of the George Gill Range in Watarrka National Park. The canyon's sandstone walls were formed from small cracks that have eroded over millions of years to create these magnificent cliffs 🙌  Soaring 270 metres above sea level, areas of the canyon plummet to the Garden of Eden where lush, plants thrive along the line of the permanent rock pools. The best way to explore the canyon is on foot with two walking trails to pick from; the longer, more challenging Rim Walk and the easier Kings Creek Walk at the base of the canyon.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mooski_adventures! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're getting very close! It's not hard to see why this was your 2nd favourite photo for 2018. What photo do you think will take out the top spot? Our caption back in October read: #Uluru has been hit with some wild weather this year, including a supercell that passed right over it! It's estimated that only 1% of travellers to this legendary monolith get to see it when it rains, and the rock is enveloped in waterfalls 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Kartikeya Sharma (via FB). #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We're pleased to present your 4th favourite photo for 2018! In May, we wrote: Picture this: the sun is setting on the ancient monolith, #Uluru, turning the rock a brilliant red. As the light begins to fade, more than 50,000 glass “flowers” start to softly glow in waves of colour ✨ The #FieldOfLight installation covers an area of more than seven football fields and invites visitors to wander through the network of pathways and watch this fantasy garden softly change colour from sunset to sunrise. Our tip - don't forget to book ahead 👍  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kate_miles_! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNt #ExploreUluru

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'Twas the night before #Christmas, and all through #Uluru-#KataTjuta National Park, not a creature was stirring... except #SantaClaus and his camels - someone's gotta take the last sunset tour! 😜

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Introducing our 7th Most Popular Post in 2018... It's not hard to see why @chaseolearyphoto said he felt “so blessed to witness this with my own eyes!" While we're used to viewing this massive, red-orange sandstone formation under clear skies, on rare occasions rainfall can transform #Uluru into a series of stunning cascades and waterfalls 😍 Is this something you'd like to see? Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Chase! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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To celebrate 2018 we're bringing you our Top 10 posts for the year... here's your 9th favourite photo! In August, we wrote:  Nothing to see here...just your standard #sunset helicopter flight over #Uluru-#KataTjuta National Park! Even if you've walked around @Australia's most famous natural landmarks you can’t fully appreciate their enormity until you've seen them from the air 🚁@Professional_Helicopters offer a variety of scenic flight options in the region, not only over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, but also Mount Conner, Lake Amadeus and Kings Canyon, ranging from 15 minutes to 4.5 hours long. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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