skip to main content

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

Things to see & do around Uluru

Travel deals & offers

What's on around Uluru

Download itineraries for Uluru & Surrounds

Search & book

Find accommodation, tours, activities and events in the NT

#NTaustralia

Pull up your camp chair... the show is about to begin! One of the great natural wonders of the world, #Uluru towers above the surrounding landscape. It's not until you see it in person that you realise how BIIIG it really is! While this iconic monolith looks incredible at any time of the day, golden hour is particularly special. As the sun hits it on its way down, the colour of the rock changes from a sizzling red to burnt orange to a deep purple as the light fades. Head to one of the many viewing platforms dotted throughout the park for the best views - this is the car sunset viewing area! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @we_who_roam! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

The NT's @jessicamauboy1 is the star of yesterday's @stellarmag captured at #Uluru 🧡 Swipe across to see the cover! ​#NTaustralia

View on Instagram

Need some inspo to get out of bed earlier? This should do the trick 🌅 It's not hard to see why the Rim Walk at #KingsCanyon is one of the most famous trails in the Red Centre with views like this! The six kilometre circuit walk traces the rim of the canyon for much of the hike before descending into the lush 'Garden of Eden' and back up to the top again. Located in Watarrka National Park, roughly halfway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, Kings Canyon is one of the many must-do stops along the iconic Red Centre Way drive route. Our tip: Set your alarm and start the walk in the dark so you can watch the sun come up from the top of the canyon! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @traveloutbackaustralia. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

@kidsandpassports discovered that you don't need a space ship to see Mars ... just a helicopter flight over #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) 😜 Located roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, the 36 domes that make up this other-worldly natural wonder 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). Many parts of Kata Tjuta are either sacred or inaccessible, so a scenic flight is one of the best ways to see the whole formation and get a true understanding of its ginormous size 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kidsandpassports! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

@mooski_adventures had the “coolest thing" happen to them on a recent flight over the Red Centre - they flew directly over #Uluru! This natural wonder stands at 348 metres high and the base walk is a 10.6 kilometre loop. So, it is no surprise that it looks incredible from the sky! Don't stress if you can't snag a window seat on the plane though, you can always hop on a scenic flight with @ayersrockscenicflights or @professional_helicopters. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Amy and Sarah! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

The iconic red rock, #Uluru has to be seen to be believed. At sunrise and sunset it’s radiance is unlike anything else, surrounded by the dreamy colours of the desert sky. There are a number of experiences that take you right up close, including the 10.6 kilometre base aalk. As the name suggests, the trail circles the entire base of this ochre-coloured monolith and takes roughly 3.5 hours if you choose do the whole thing. If you're not keen on doing it on foot, you can hire a bike from @outbackcycling or join a segway tour with @ulurusegwaytours 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shaaunabrown! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

These distant 'mountains' might look a bit like giant marshmellows but they're actually the ancient domes of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas)! Located roughly 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 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, @chicken.noodyls! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

Spring might have sprung but this grand show is a year round occurrence in the Red Centre! One of the great natural wonders of the world, #Uluru towers above the surrounding landscape. While this iconic monolith looks incredible at any time of the day, golden hour is particularly special. As the sun hits it on its way down, the colour of the rock changes from a sizzling red to burnt orange to a deep purple as the light fades. This magnificent spectacle is truly mesmerising ❤️ ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @chicken.noodyls! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

If you're visiting Mars - whoops - we mean, #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas).... make sure you check out the Walpa Gorge walk! The 2.6 kilometre return trail follows the natural creek between two of the largest ochre-coloured domes along a rocky, but relatively easy track. With the tallest dome said to be around 546 metres high (roughly 200 metres higher than #Uluru), it’s hard not to be amazed by its sheer size 🙌 Roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, the ancient rock formations can also be viewed from a helicopter on a scenic flight or from one of the designated viewing platforms - it looks particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset when the rock change colour 🧡 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@adammweiss! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

View on Instagram

Subscribe

Sign up to receive the latest news, deals and travel information about the Northern Territory. Data privacy statement