There's a whole lot more to Uluru beyond the grand red rock – although it is one of the biggest highlights in the majestic Red Centre. Here's a detailed destination guide which answers all your questions and more.
There are plenty of things to do in Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park - you're limited only by your time and your imagination, so pack plenty of both when you head off.
A few fast facts
- Uluru is around 600 million years old - and used to sit at the bottom of an ancient seabed.
- Uluru is the world's largest single rock, and second largest monolith. Mt Augustus in Western Australia is the world's largest monolith.
- Like an iceberg, most of the rock sits underground – no-one knows just how deep it goes.
- Uluru is 348 metres tall – 48 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower.
- Uluru's red colour comes from its oxidised iron content.
Here are 5 must-sees, along with some top tours and DIY trips with plenty of info about things to do at Uluru and the surrounding region.
There's a whole lot more to Uluru than just the grand red rock – although it certainly is the brightest star in the Red Centre galaxy.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is the 600 million-year-old monolith that has attracted curiosity for thousands of years. From bushwalking and segways to helicopter rides, scenic flights and skydives, there are a number of ways to see Uluru. In summer, it's advised to head out early and finish exploring by 11am. Most tours are based around sunrise and sunset, as this is the best time to view the rock, when its colours appear to change.
The easiest way to explore the monolith is to walk around the base of Uluru. There are multiple bushwalks with great vantage points. They are easy to moderate in difficulty, and most are wheelchair accessible. The Uluru Mala Walk (1.5 hours) is a free walk guided by a local ranger, where you can learn about the management of the park, along with information about the Anangu – the traditional owners of the land. The Kuniya Walk (45 minutes), which finishes at the Mutitjulu waterhole, has some great views of Uluru. Walkers channel the spirit of Wanampi, an ancestral watersnake who was believed to live in the waterhole. The full base walk, which takes 3.5 hours, takes in many of the important sites in and around Uluru.
2. Valley of the Winds (Kata Tjuta)
Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, is another popular natural wonder. Kata Tjuta, which means 'many heads' in the local Anangu language, is made up of a series of soaring rock domes and is a 20-minute drive from Uluru. There are a number of excellent walks, which let visitors see the full colour spectrum of the rock formations and learn about its history and significance to Aboriginal people. The 3-hour Valley of the Winds walk has 2 lookouts and gives you a range of perspectives on the rock formation. Early mornings are the best time to see local wildlife like kangaroos.