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Uluru Ayers Rock

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Visit at sunrise or sunset for the spectacular sight of this 348-metre high monolith transforming from ochre to burnished orange and intense red.

A natural wonderland

One of the great natural wonders of the world, Uluru/Ayers Rock towers above the surrounding landscape.

Geologists say their formation began about 550 milion years ago. Uluru is not only a spectacular natural formation, but its a deeply spiritual place. You can feel a powerful presence the moment you first set eyes on it.

For the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu, World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holds a special cultural significance.

Whether you choose to walk with a traditional owner, join a camel tour, self-drive or dine under a canopy of stars there is something to suit everyone.

Top 5 things to do

1. Walk around the base of Uluru
The Uluru Base Walk is one of the best ways to soak in the beauty and get up close to Uluru.

You can circumnavigate the 9.4 km base and relax beside tranquil waterholes, take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree and peer into hidden caves.

Join a guided tour to hear stories of the Dreamtime passed down by generations. See incredible rock art sites, learn about the natural flora and fauna of the area, and find out more about the fascinating geology of this area.

Did you know that what we see today are just the tips of huge rock slabs that continue below the ground for up to six kilometers!

Many visitors are surprised to learn that there are more than 415 species of native plants, 21 species of mammals, 178 species of birds, 73 species of reptiles and thousands more species of ants, spiders and bugs found here.

There are plenty of walking trails at the base of Uluru and most are wheelchair accessible. By choosing to walk around the base instead of climbing, you will be respecting the wishes of the local Aboriginal people.

2. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset
Uluru is famous the world over for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Whatever you do, don’t miss a sunset or sunrise at Uluru when the light turns its massive surface from ochre brown to burnished orange to intense red and all the colours in between.

There are over five viewing areas built specifically for experiencing the landscapes of Uluru so don’t forget to pack your camera!

3. Dine under a canopy of stars
Have the dinner of your life, under the stars and deep in the desert against the backdrop of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, tucking into gourmet outback fare.

What better way to enjoy NT’s iconic landscapes then by combining them with world class dining experiences.

With Sounds of Silences and Tali Wiru dinner packages available from Voyages, there is a dining experiences to suit all budgets and tastes.

4. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Culture Centre
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for visitors to the park.

The centre offers information about activities and the park as well as an introduction into Anangu culture.

The award winning Maruku Arts has a diverse range of art including woven baskets, punu (woodwork) and traditional paintings on canvas.

Get involved and take part in demonstrations and workshops with local artists.

Maruku Retail Gallery, is located at the Cultural Centre within Uluru Kata -Tjuta National Park.

5. Take a camel tour
Travel through the red sand of Central Australia on the back of a camel, or desert ship, taking sunrise and sunset tours to both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Climbing Uluru

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a deeply sacred place to the Indigenous Anangu people. Because the climb has great spiritual significance Anangu say ‘please don’t climb’.

Please don’t climb
The climb is not strictly prohibited, but we do ask that you respect the local law and culture by not climbing Uluru.

The climb is physically demanding and for your safety there are times when the climb is closed. The climb can also be dangerous. Some people have died while attempting to climb Uluru, while many others have been injured.

Rather than climbing Uluru you can take the fascinating Uluru base walk instead. Start from Mala carpark in the morning while it is cool, take plenty of water and discover the diverse plants, and animals and geological features. This is the best way to fully appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Uluru.

Take a tour and chat with local guides to learn more about their culture and the significance of this mighty rock.

There is also a free ranger-guided ‘Mala’ walk on every day. This walk talks you through the story of the Mala (rufous-hare wallaby people), giving you the chance to learn more about traditional Anangu culture, rock art and how the park is managed.

There are plenty of options so please visit Parks Australia website for more information.

More information

Uluru can be accessed by air with direct flights from major Australian airports and via Alice Springs airport. The Red Centre Way drive is ideal for those wanting a self-drive adventure or you can join one of many organised tours from Alice Springs.

Please see the following links for more information.

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

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  • FAQS

    Can Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park be done as a day trip?

    It's possible to do a day trip from Alice Springs, and some tour companies offer this. However, considering the best times to see Uluru are at dawn and dusk, we recommend spending a few days to fully soak up the experience.

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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park?

    All visitors to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park require a park ticket. These can be purchased at the park entry station, or via your tour operator.

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    How do I get around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park?

    Once you've made it to Uluru, getting around is half the fun! There are sealed roads all around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, so self-driving is easy. There are plenty of exciting tour options as well. You can experience Uluru on foot, bike, in a helicopter, on a Harley Davidson, segway or riding a camel. Most tour operators will pick you up from your accommodation.

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    How do I get to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park?

    You can drive, fly or take a guided tour. The drive from Alice Springs to Uluru takes around 4.5 hours (460 km), while a trip from Kings Canyon will take you approximately 3 hours (306 km). You can fly to Ayers Rock Airport from most major cities in Australia.

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    How far is Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from Alice Springs?

    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 460 km from Alice Springs, which will take you around 4.5 hours by car.

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    What are the major attractions in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park?

    The world-famous Uluru is the star attraction of the park. Don't miss exploring the nearby domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). After dark, check out the Field of Light Installation, or enjoy the Sounds of Silence dinner at Ayers Rock Resort where you can dine under a blanket of stars. Learn about Uluru and the local Aboriginal culture at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.

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    What should I bring with me to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park?

    Regardless of how you explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, make sure you carry drinking water, wear sunscreen and sun-safe clothing.

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    When is the best time to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park?

    Uluru has one of the best climates in Australia with sun and stars all year round, so any time is a good time to visit. The most popular period is from May to October when the weather is cooler.

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    Where should I go next from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park?

    Australia's Red Centre is bursting with stunning attractions that will provide you with a flavour of the Outback. Kings Canyon, the West and East MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs and Rainbow Valley are just some of the highlights.

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