Uluru, Northern Territory

Australia’s most famous landmark is a sight to behold and an amazing cultural experience, enriched by the history of the Anangu people. The 348 metre high rock formation towers over the vibrant red sands surrounding it. feel the spirit of the outback and connection with the land, guided by the stories of local aboriginal elders. Australia’s most recognizable landmark resides in a unique world which thrives with diverse wildlife and untarnished natural beauty. The vast skies will come alive of an evening, with a spectacular display of stars that will light up the entire sky to breathtaking effect. Let the unique and significant land take you on a journey through time and culture, and take in the splendour of the Australian Outback.

What to see and do:


Walk Around Uluru

Explore around the 9.5km base of Uluru, to get up close to the famous landmark and join a guided tour to hear stories of the dreamtime and learn more about the fascinating landscape. The walk will take you through shady groves, to tranquil waterholes and past intriguing cave formations. There’s a good chance you’ll spot some of the wildlife native to the area too, with kangaroos, lizards, birds and snakes to spot amongst the scrub. There are many walking tracks in the area to explore, so you can get off the beaten trail, and embrace the serenity of the desert.

Dine Under the Stars

At Sounds of Silence Ayers Rock Resort, you can enjoy fine dining with unforgettable views. Taste delicious canapes as the sun sets over Ayers Rock, accompanied by the sounds of digeridoo and see a traditional indigenous dance performance. Experience a breathtaking sunset and take in the surroundings as the stars begin to twinkle over the desert plains. A bush tucker inspired buffet will be served and you can taste native Australian ingredients like Crocodile, Kangaroo, Barramundi and Quandong. as you digest, listen to a star talker paint the night sky with stories and constellations.

Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Culture Centre

The centre is the perfect place to get oriented, with information about the area and it’s traditional owners, the Anagu People. Browse indigenous artworks and woven baskets and woodwork, and take part in a workshop or demonstration with local artists.

Take a Camel Tour

There are sunset, sunrise and express tours available, where you can see Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the back of a Camel. There will be amazing photo opportunities as the landscape lights up at dawn and dusk, and you are likely to spot plenty of wildlife. Finish off your ride with breakfast or a bush tucker depending on which tour option you choose.

How to get there:


Take a direct domestic flight to Uluru from most of Australia’s Larger cities. You can also ride The Ghan Railway from Darwin or Adelaide for an exciting outback experience which stops at Uluru and Alice Springs. There are also coach transfers available, but the drive from capital cities can be lengthy considering the vast size of Australia’s red centre.

 

Best time to go:


The best temperatures are between May and September, with the maximum usually between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. August and September will also bring forth the blooming wildflowers, which can be a lovely sight. Visiting in summer can be extremely hot, so you if you choose to come between

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