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Flights from Cairns (CNS) to Ayers Rock (Uluru) (AYQ)

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Visiting from Cairns to Ayers Rock (Uluru)

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a magical destination to spend a few days in the Australian desert. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an unforgettable cultural experience that will remain with you long after you’ve left. Surrounded by the dramatic scenery of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), contrasting ochre dust and unmissable giant rock – the Red Centre is a must visit place on every Australian trip.

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Cairns to Ayers Rock (Uluru) flight information 

The approximate flight time for flights from Cairns to Ayers Rock (Uluru) is approximately 15 hours and 35 minutes. 

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When to visit

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has a desert climate, which means clear skies, low average rainfall, high temperatures in summer and cool nights in winter. You can visit Uluru any time of the year. Plan ahead in summer, when high temperatures can mean that walks close early in the day. The average peak for January is 38°C and the record high is 45.4°C. In winter the thermometer can dip below freezing at night. Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) are stunning at sunrise and sunset, and it’s a wonderful place to celebrate special moments.

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Arrival information

What is the main airport called?

Ayers Rock Airport (Connellan. AYQ). Located 6km from Ayers Rock Resort and 16km from Uluru. Complimentary shuttle buses meet most flights and transfer you to your accommodation. There is no taxi service available in the area. Set in the Northern Territory, Ayers Rock Airport is one of the nation’s busiest regional airports, and the main travel hub for visitors wanting to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. There is one main terminal, which services commercial airlines, as well as private charter aircraft.

Arriving at Ayres Rock

When you arrive in Ayers Rock, you'll be welcomed by the friendly airport staff staff with a few easy options to get to your accomodation.

Getting into Ayers Rock

Rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace. There is fairly high demand for cars, so it’s best to book well in advance. Taxis aren’t available at the Ayers Rock Airport, but there are shuttle buses provided by many of the hotels at the resort. 

Getting around Ayers Rock

Private buses, tours and shuttles operate throughout Ayers Rock and car services are also available. The easiest way to get around the resort is by foot, all hotels including the campground are all within a 15 minute walk to the town square. A free shuttle bus circulates the resort daily stopping at all hotels, campground, town square, visitors centre and Uluru Camel Farm. To get out to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park you'll need to hire a car or take a guided tour.

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Cairns Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns Airport (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.

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* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

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