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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 21 March, 2024

Rising up from the silent desert floor like a gargantuan monolith, ochre-hued Uluru is one of the world’s most bewitching sights – more so, as its colour and appearance constantly change depending on the season and time of day.

Formed more than 600 million years ago, and reaching a height of 348 metres, it overlooks wild and desolate desert landscapes, home for millennia to the Aboriginal people. The area is steeped in their legends and traditions; combined with the scenery, Uluru has an intense, unforgettable atmosphere. The thing has presence.

Climbing Uluru was banned in 2019, but there are still myriad ways to see and experience Australia’s most sacred site. Walking trails encircle the rock allowing you to get close to see the many fissures, gorges and galleries in to the sandstone, some containing centuries-old rock art, whilst learning about its mysteries and legends from local Aboriginal guides.

Those looking for a speedier or less strenuous introduction can opt for a Segway tour or a camel tour. Meanwhile, helicopter and scenic flights are the best way to truly appreciate the scale and strangeness of this geological anomaly sticking out from miles of flat landscape.

Who to go with: tour operators

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Uluru Camel Tours

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Train of tourists riding on camels on a tour, riding past Uluru

Experience

Cameleer Chris Hill runs a wide range of carbon-neutral camel tours, including sunset and sunrise rides and express (45 minute) adventures through the dunes.

Adult price 40+

Min age 5

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 45+ minutes

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Uluru Base Walk

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

  • Bucket List Experience

A face of a red mountain on a clear winter's afternoon

Experience

A unique 10km circuit walk that showcases the complex and intricate beauty of this extraordinary monolith, and reveals the rich local legends that surround it.

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 2-3 hours

Helicopter flights over Uluru

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

  • Bucket List Experience

Silhouette of red mountain from back of a helivopter.

Experience

Discover a different perspective on Australia’s most famous desert natural wonders, with a helicopter tour that soars across the jaw-dropping landscapes of the Northern Territories.

Adult price 180

Min age 15

Good for age: 16+

Duration: 30 minutes

Uluru Motorcycle Tours

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru Motorcycle Tours

Experience

A truly unique way to experience either Uluru or Kata Tjuta – and to perhaps fulfill a secret desire to ride on a Harley Davidson. Tour options range from a quick 30-minute spin to a viewing spot for Uluru, or full 3.5-hour tours of both Uluru or Kata Tjuta. Choose between riding a motorcycle or riding in a three-wheeler sidecar. Pick up from the Ayres Rock Resort.

Adult price 130

Min age 18

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 90 minutes

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Since ‘The Rock’ is located inside a national park, it’s entirely feasible to explore independently, but guided tours offer a much richer insight into the local legends and culture of the Aboriginal people and will take you to interesting places you won’t discover on your own.

Anyone staying at the nearby town of Yulara will find a dazzling variety of tours and cultural experiences available. All tours can be booked through Ayers Rock Resort and its associated properties.

When to do it

Dawn and sunset are the best times to see The Rock, the latter being particularly spectacular. Uluru absorbs heat during the day and seems to glow as the sky darkens.

Winter (June to August) is the ideal time to be in the desert. This is also the busiest time of the year, so spring and autumn can work well too.

Desert summers (December to March) are notoriously hot and when the air is filled with relentless swarms of annoying flies (though you can buy the classic hat with accompanying fly net to keep them off your face). On the plus side, it’s less crowded and rainfall over Uluru is spectacular.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset + Outback Barbecue Dinner & Star Talk

  • Uluru

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset + Outback Barbecue Dinner & Star Talk

Viator

Sit back and relax as you travel into the amazing Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Your Driver Guide will provide expert commentary while you enjoy the amazing surroundings and the sight of Uluru in the distance. After sunse you will transfer to the barbecue site. The site is within the Uluru National Park set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. The site is located far enough from the resort lights to provide you a clear view of the stars in the southern sky (weather permitting). Once at the site, you will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served. Your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting). The guide will also explain some Aboriginal stories that relate to the stars.

Price A$284

Min age 0

Rating 4.13 / 5 [333 ratings]

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Uluru and Kata Tjuta Experience with BBQ Dinner

  • Uluru

Uluru and Kata Tjuta Experience with BBQ Dinner

Viator

Experience the wonders of Kata Tjuta & Uluru as part of your Northern Territory adventure. Travel in air-conditioned comfort, hear intriguing stories and learn the secrets of this unique world-renowned destination. We provide beverages, snacks, and BBQ so all you have to do is focus on your incredible surroundings. Combining luxury with exploration and discovery, this day tour is one of the most popular things to do during an authentic outback discovery holiday. All activities are considered very safe for all age groups. They do not require a high level of fitness or agility. You’ll enjoy: Watching the sunset at the sacred site of Uluru with a glass of bubbly Uluru: Guided Mala Walk Uluru: Guided Mutitjulu Waterhole Walk Kata Tjuta: Walpa Gorge Walk Aboriginal Cultural Centre ***Effective immediately to all bookings with travel dates from 01 April 2024 onwards, a visit to Kata Tjuṯa will no longer be included.

Price A$305

Min age 2

Rating 4.34 / 5 [241 ratings]

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base and Sunset Half-Day Trip with Opt Outback BBQ Dinner

  • Uluru

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base and Sunset Half-Day Trip with Opt Outback BBQ Dinner

Viator

Travel in the comfort of your coach around the base of Uluru with your Driver Guide who will provide details on its incredible history. You’ll be fascinated by the Aboriginal stories that go back many thousands of years. Learn the significance of ancient Aboriginal rock art, about the area’s flora and fauna, and culture of its traditional owners, the Anangu. Your day concludes with a spectacular sunset at Uluru. OPTIONAL BBQ DINNER The BBQ site is within the Uluru National Park set amongst red sand dunes and desert oak trees providing a peaceful desert setting. You will enjoy a variety of Australian meats and salads, accompanied by wine, beer or orange juice (menus are subject to change). After dinner, tea, coffee and dessert will be served. Your guide will conduct a tour of the night sky, describing and pointing out some of the visible constellations with the assistance of a high beam spotlight (weather permitting).

Price A$195

Min age 0

Rating 4.5 / 5 [140 ratings]

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Highlights of Uluru Including Sunrise and Breakfast

  • Uluru

Highlights of Uluru Including Sunrise and Breakfast

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As you travel towards Uluru its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the Creation stories of Liru (venomous snake) and Kuniya (woma python) and hear about the Mala people. After a picnic breakfast you will visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort. This three hour highlights tour is perfect for those short on time.

Price A$161

Min age 0

Rating 4.87 / 5 [123 ratings]

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Small Group Uluru Sunset Viewing Tour

  • Uluru

Small Group Uluru Sunset Viewing Tour

Viator

Experience the many moods of Uluru at sunset with an uninterrupted view on this two hour tour. Admire the immensity of Uluru as you immerse yourself in the environmental changes of this world-renowned icon. Relax with a glass of sparkling wine and light refreshments as the sun sets in the west.

Price A$96

Min age 0

Rating 4.61 / 5 [102 ratings]

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

  • Northern Territory, Australia

The large red flat mountain at sunset.

Destination guide

The place to come for the Australian outback experience – jaw-dropping geological formations (including world-famous Uluru), sleeping out in swag bags, sampling bush tucker, and connecting with authentic Aborginal culture.

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