No visit to the Northern Territory would be complete without a visit to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and The Olgas).
Explore Australia’s most iconic landmark, walk or cycle around the base of this mammoth rock to marvel in its sheer size and to learn about the traditional stories and facts about the local flora and fauna. The base walk or cycle is the best way to fully appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Uluru.
Make your way to one of the viewing platforms at either sunrise or sunset, which are the best times to view Uluru as you can witness the colours of the rock appearing to change in colour, a truly memorable sight.
A visit to Uluru is an unforgettable spiritual experience that will remain with you even after you have left.
You will already have Uluru ready to tick off your bucket list but here are a few more suggestions on what to do.
- See the Red Centre the way the 19th century cameleers did and Ride a camelOpens external site in a new window at sunrise or sunset through the desert sand dunes
- The must do experience when you visit Uluru would have to be the Sounds of SilenceOpens external site in a new window dinner. Imagine your table set on a secluded red sand dune under the outback sky, with clear views of Uluru as your backdrop
- Go see Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)Opens external site in a new window and get up close to these 32 massive dome shaped rocks, some of which are actually taller in height than Uluru
- Enjoy beautiful walks such as the 7.4 kilometre Valley of the WindsOpens external site in a new window
- Get a access to all areas and take a Scenic flightOpens external site in a new window over Uluru
Uluru (Ayers Rock) is one of the great natural wonders of the world and the gem of the deep Red Centre, but this natural wonderland offers so much more.
There is so much to see and do when you visit Uluru, wake up early for a Desert Awakenings tourOpens external site in a new window where you watch the colours and sounds of Uluru awaken from the night in the company of a guide who will teach you about the history of the region.
Jump on the back of a camel at either sunrise or sunset for a ride through the desert sand dunes or even hop on the back of a Harley Davidson for a quick spin around the base of Uluru.
Visit the Cultural CentreOpens external site in a new window to learn about the history and culture of the local Anangu people. In the afternoon enjoy the free guest activities provided such as the Wakagetti dancers and spear throwing.
The must do experience when you visit Uluru would have to be the Sounds of Silence DinnerOpens external site in a new window, which has been entered into the Tourism Hall of Fame. Enjoy canapés and a three course bush tucker inspired buffet accompanied with a quality selection of Australian wine and beer. Your table is set on a secluded red sand dune under the outback sky, with clear views of Uluru as your backdrop. It’s an unforgettable dining experience.
There are accommodation options to suit every budget from five star accommodation to the camping ground; Ayers Rock ResortOpens external site in a new window is truly an oasis in the desert.
Why not drive 40 minutes to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) to get up close to these 32 massive dome shaped rocks, some of which are actually taller in height than Uluru.
There is a selection of beautiful walking trailsOpens external site in a new window to enjoy that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks. The short walk to the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area gives you a magnificent panoramic view of the domes.
The longest of the walking trails at 7.4km is the Valley of the Winds walk. It is quite steep in places but is worth the effort for the breathtaking views. It takes you between the domes and away from the crowds.
Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park
Venture three hours along the sealed road to the majestic Kings Canyon located in the Watarrka National Park.
The canyon features 100 metre high ancient sandstone walls that have been sculptured by the elements.
Complete the six kilometre loop Rim Walk for spectacular views of Watarrka National ParkOpens external site in a new window and into the canyon itself. Along the way are the weathered domes of the Lost City and the cool waterholes in the Garden of Eden.
The easier and shorter walk along Kings Creek takes you to a lookout point with magnificent views of the Canyon walls.
The more adventurous can take a quad biking tour at the nearby Kings Creek StationOpens external site in a new window, and be sure to stop in at Curtin SpringsOpens external site in a new window for a unique and exclusive tour experience to Mt Conner.
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Typical desert weather patterns make for warm to hot days and cold to freezing nights. May to September is a popular time of the year for visitors with clear skies and minimal rainfall. Rain is hard to predict but more likely to fall from October to March.
From the airport
Ayers Rock airport services domestic flights only and is located six kilometres from Ayers Rock Resort and 16km from Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Complimentary shuttle buses meet all scheduled Qantas flights and transfer customers between the airport and Ayers Rock Resort.
There is no taxi service available in the area.
In and around Ayers Rock Resort
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.
There is a free shuttle bus that 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 will need to hire a car or take one of the many guided tours.
Uluru car hire
Book car hire with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Qantas Frequent Flyer members could earn Qantas Points^ with Avis and Budget.
Your flight with Qantas
Enjoy larger portions and a greater menu variety on every flight when you fly with us.
Enjoy a range of entertainment on every flight, including news, TV, film, radio and more.
Eligible customers can relax in style before their next flight in our stylish Uluru (Ayers Rock) Qantas Club.
Pack more into your trip with complimentary checked baggage allowance on every flight.
^ You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.
** Prices are per room, per night and vary depending on date of check in, length of stay and room type. Conditions apply.
~ Qantas activities are provided by Viator. Conditions apply.