One of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Uluru is a sacred site that is so magnificent it’s been placed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list TWICE!
Standing at 348 meters high, this landmass was formed over 500 million years ago, and not only can it be admired for its everlasting beauty but it has influenced the cultural values and beliefs of its traditional owners, the Anangu people.
This breathtaking natural wonder of the world is perfect for everyone. Whether you are seeking adventure, having a romantic holiday, or just wanting to learn more about the culture, there is something for everyone here.
I have put together this complete guide of 10 Awesome Things To Do In Uluru to help you plan your trip!
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WHERE IS ULURU?
Uluru is located in the southern part of the Northern Territory and situated almost right in the middle of Australia.
Due to its color and geographical feature, it’s often known as the ‘Red Centre’.
HOW TO GET TO ULURU?
The best and easiest way to get to Uluru is by plane and the nearest airport to the Big Rock is Yulara.
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The airport is called Ayers Rock/Connellan Airport (AYQ) and there are daily flights to Uluru from the major cities within Australia.
See the list below for a brief overview of flight times to Uluru:
- Melbourne to Uluru – 2.5 hours
- Sydney to Uluru – 3 hours
- Brisbane to Uluru – 3 hours 15 minutes
- Adelaide to Uluru – 2 hours
- Darwin to Uluru – 2 hours 15 minutes
- Alice Springs to Uluru – 45 minutes
When you arrive, you can rent a car at the airport for the time you plan to spend exploring Uluru National Park. There are only a limited amount of rental cars available so be sure to book online a few weeks in advance to avoid missing out.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT ULURU
The best time to visit Uluru is between May and September. At this time, the temperatures stay between 20 – 30 degrees Celsius which is much more comfortable compared to the hot and humid summer heat.
During the night, Uluru can still experience some cold weather, so it’s recommended to always bring some warm clothes with you.
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INTERESTING FACTS OF ULURU
- Uluru is higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, and the Chrysler Building in New York.
- Evidence shows that the Anangu people have inhabited Central Australia for more than 30,000 years.
- As described earlier, Uluru has two World Heritage site listings. The first listing was in 1987 due to its geology. The second time was in 1994 where Uluru was recognized as a cultural site to its significance to the Anangu people.
- The rock was formed roughly 600 million years ago and use to be at sea level. Now, it sits at around 348 meters high.
- Climbing Uluru is prohibited.
10 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN ULURU
Now that you’ve got some background information on how to get to Uluru, the best time to visit, and interesting facts about Uluru, let’s get to the good stuff.
So, without further ado, here is a complete list of 10 awesome things to do in Uluru during your visit.
SUNRISE CAMEL TOUR ULURU
In the silence of the early hours of the morning, jump on the back of a camel, and ride through the red sanded desert.
As the sun rises across the horizon, watch the rays touch Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the distance. Your guide will teach you all about the area, your camels, and the flora and fauna along the way.
Enjoy some traditional fresh damper, Australian jams, and tea and coffee at the end of the ride.
The camel tour Uluru is available to be booked 7 days a week and the tour takes around 2.5 hours.
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SOUNDS OF SILENCE DINNER EXPERIENCE
The Sounds Of Silence Uluru is so popular that it’s been entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame.
Over the course of 4 hours, enjoy an evening dinner filled with workshops and an unforgettable experience under the stars of the southern hemisphere.
The night will start off with a wine overlooking the National Park while listening to the didgeridoo playing in the background as the sunsets.
Dinner will be made out of high-quality Australian produce and cooked with native ingredients.
Afterward, listen to a guided presentation while you look up at the milky way and learn all about the planets and stars.
SUNSET AT ULURU
Next on this list of things to do in Uluru is to check out the spectacular viewpoint looking right at Uluru and watching the sunset!
You can expect to see many different shades of pink, orange, and yellows when watching the sunset at Uluru which will display across the sky and it’s definitely something worth seeing during your visit.
This viewing area is for cars only however, there are buses that can take you up to the viewing point if you don’t have your own vehicle.
ULURU SEGWAY TOUR
Ever wanted to try out riding around on a Segway? Well, this is one of the best activities in Uluru you can try out during your stay.
Wake up at sunrise and cruise around the 12km long base of Uluru. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to go to the stunning Mutitjulu waterhole.
There are various Segway Uluru tours available that run from the morning until sunset and each tour goes for around 3 hours.
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FIELD OF LIGHT ULURU
I am sure most of you have either heard about or seen photos of the Field of Light Uluru and it’s definitely not to be missed during your visit.
Before the sun rises and Uluru is bound by darkness, the Field of Light comes to life, illuminating an area the size of seven football fields.
Experience a memorable couple of hours at the Field of Light Uluru and wander around this impressive art installation by the works of none other than Bruce Munro, an internationally recognized artist.
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ULURU HELICOPTER RIDE
Experience Uluru in a way that you’ll remember for years to come!
An Uluru helicopter tour is by far one of the best things to do in Uluru which allows you to see the Big Rock and the dome formations of Kata Tjuta from an amazing birds-eye perspective.
Uluru helicopter tours run all day and the flight time is around 30 minutes.
If available, I highly recommend booking the chopper flight for either sunrise or sunset. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience.
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VISIT THE DOMES OF KATA TJUTA
Want to see some flora and fauna only found in the deep Australian outback? Visiting the domes of Kata Tjuta is a chance to learn about the diverse environment and the significance of the land to the Anangu Peoples culture.
From Uluru, the drive to Kata Tjuta takes approximately 45 minutes.
When you make the journey to Kata Tjuta, you’ll be able to walk through Walpa Gorge and discover how these rock formations developed millions of years ago.
A visit to the Kata Tjuta domes is a must on your list of things to do in Uluru.
LEARN TO PLAY THE DIDGERIDOO
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the Didgeridoo? Well, now is your chance!
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday you can join in on a free workshop located at the Resort Town Square which is hosted by an Indigenous guide.
The workshop runs for about 45 minutes and you can listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo before being invited to give it a go yourself.
TAKE A PHOTO ON THE DIRT ROADS
This activity isn’t on most Uluru itineraries but if you’re up for an adventure and keen to get a unique photo of Uluru then this is an opportunity not to be missed.
There are many dirt roads surrounding Uluru, some of which have restricted access but there are a few that are open to the public and they make for an epic photo with Uluru standing prominently in the backdrop.
It’s best to have a drone to take a photo on the dirt roads as you’ll be able to get an aerial perspective and work with the leading lines.
KINGS CANYON DAY TRIP
Last but not least on this list of things to do in Uluru is a day trip to Kings Canyon. If you are seeking a big day full of adventure then this is the tour for you.
Kings Canyon is located right in the middle of Watarrka National Park, just 3.5 hours drive from Uluru. The canyon is famous for its walking tracks, rock climbing, and its views of chasms and cliffs.
You can also complete a 2km walk along the creek that opens up to some spectacular views of the canyon rim. This tour is a full 12 hour day, but if you’re up for the challenge you won’t be disappointed!
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WHERE TO STAY IN ULURU
There are several accommodation options to choose from in Uluru, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of Uluru accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: SAILS IN THE DESERT
MID RANGE: THE LOST CAMEL
MID RANGE: DESERT GARDENS HOTEL
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