Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic natural wonders and brings hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. Located in the “red centre”, Uluru is 335km southwest of Alice Springs and sits at the heart of the Northern Territory. Uluru is more than just this impressive sandstone monolith. The Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park is one of the very few locations that has been dually heritage listed by UNESCO World Heritage for both cultural significance and natural wonder. The Anangu peoples are the traditional owners of Uluru, which means ‘great pebble’. Believed to have been created at the beginning of time, Uluru and the Kata Tjuta surrounds are sacred and stand as a living landscape of local Indigenous culture. There’s so much to learn and see around Uluru, from cultural tours and guided activities to photography, nature walks, art galleries, rock art and more. Learn more about this amazing 550 million-year-old rock formation by taking a trip to the outback.
This epic adventure heads into the heart of the Red Centre starts with 1 night in Adelaide before travelling overnight in Gold Service onboard the mighty Ghan. Enjoy a night in Alice Springs visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges, then see the wonders of Uluru with 3 nights at Yulara including the stunning Sounds of Silence dinner. Re-board the Ghan for another night before finishing with 1 night in Darwin.
Fly into the heart of the nation for stays in Yulara (Uluru) and Alice Springs. Enjoy sunrise and sunset over the Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), trek with camels through Uluru, take a view from above with breathtaking views and enjoy a once in a lifetime dining experience at Sounds of Silence under the Southern night skies. We then make our way into Kings Canyon where we enjoy cultural experiences, stop at Kings Creek Station before heading into Alice Springs to visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Finish off the tour with a bush style true outback style BBQ with a visit to Standley Chasm, driving via West Macdonnell Ranges and heading into Ormiston Gorge before flying home.
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There are endless activities to do in Uluru including, cycling around the rock, a camel tour, or even doing a segway tour. But if you’re keen to learn about the local culture, it’s best to start your Uluru culture tour off at the Culture Centre. Learn about the local Anangu people by visiting the centre’s two art galleries, Walkatjara Art and Maruku Arts. You can even participate in a dot-painting workshop and explore the Tjukurpa Tunnel.
Just 40km west of Uluru is the Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas. These giant rock domes are a must-see for nature lovers. Take a hike around the domes on the Walpa Gorge Walk or the Valley of the Winds Walk. Or visit the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area at sunset to watch The Olgas dance with colour as the sun goes down. To get a higher view of Uluru’s beautiful desert landscape, consider taking a scenic flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Get back to nature and make your next holiday an unforgettable experience on our over 50s Uluru eco tour. You can do a solo Uluru tour or visit destinations across Northern Territory like Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Darwin and Katherine.
The best time of year to visit the sandstone monolith is between the months of May and September, when the weather is cooler. Even in the winter months, Uluru can still be pretty hot, so remember your hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.
To reach Uluru, you can fly into Ayers Rock Airport from major Australian cities or drive to the park from locations like Alice Springs, which takes between 4.5 and 5.5 hours. Guided tours, coaches, and rental cars are available for a variety of travel preferences.
The beauty of Uluru doesn’t end when the sun goes down. At night, you can take part in a 4-hour fine dining experience with the Sounds of Silence. Dine under the outback sky with a three-course bush tucker buffet, a guided tour of the night sky and a Didgeridoo performance.
For more night activities, consider seeing the Field of Lights exhibit, which illuminates Uluru’s desert. Internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro created the Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku exhibition that features 50,000 spindles of light steams covering more than seven football fields. The lights sway in the night breeze and transition through colours of violet, blue, white and red.
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