Uluru (Aboriginal name) or Ayers Rock is a giant rock in the outback of Australia.
The postal card is sacred for Aboriginal people and it is one of the most visited spots in the country.
Located in the Northern Territory, right in the center of Australia, Uluru is considered a UNESCO World-Heritage Site.
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However, Uluru is not just a massive rock in the middle of the desert. This spiritual place is full of history, culture, and it is literally an enormous part of the country.
If you like adventure, this landmark must be on your bucket list! Just be prepared to face some flies and insanely hot weather. 🏜️
HOW TO GET TO ULURU
The most common way to get to Uluru is by air, through the main airports in Australia.
Ayers Rock/Connellan Airport is the airport in Yulara, which is a base for tourists in the region located around 8km far from Uluru. There are direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, for example.
On the other side, if you are keen on driving and experiencing the real Australian outback, you can make a road trip from Alice Springs to Uluru.
Alice Springs is the biggest city around there and the path takes around 5 hours far by car. Besides, the road trip is a very popular way to get there and it has fantastic views along the way.
If you have time, going to Uluru by train might be another option but it is quite an expensive experience. The train goes from Adelaide to Darwin and the nearest stop to Uluru is in Alice Springs. If you want to know more, click here.
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WHERE TO STAY IN ULURU
Many people have doubts about how many days they should spend in Uluru. This will mainly depend on your list of activities to do there and of course, your budget.
Ideally, 3 days are enough to know Uluru and its surroundings well. From May to September is the best time of the year to visit Uluru, considering the temperature.
The Ayers Rock Resort located in Yulara is a complex of hotels and probably the most popular accommodation option for tourists.
Yulara is a village that was built with the purpose of hosting tourists and it has various amenities such as a shopping center, supermarket, bank, restaurants, souvenir shop, among others.
If you prefer the old school style, you can also choose to stay in a hostel or camping in the region.
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WHAT TO DO IN ULURU
If you think that there is almost nothing to do in Uluru, you’re wrong.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the main attraction and involves birdwatching, rock art, guided activities, walks, and galleries. The entry fee to the national park is AUD 25 and is valid for three consecutive days.
If you want to know more, visit the official website of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park here.
The colour of Uluru can change during the day and you will probably be delighted by its glow. Besides, there is the Field of Light experience that is one of the most unforgettable attractions. To learn more, check the website here.
Must-do activities in Uluru:
- Watch and enjoy the sunset or sunrise
- Do one of the amazing walks around Uluru
- Visit the Cultural Centre inside the national park and learn about the Aboriginal culture
- Take a camel tour
Note: Since October of 2019, climbing is prohibited in Uluru.
Located around 50 km from Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta (Aboriginal name) or The Olgas is another unmissable spot to visit. As well as in Ayers Rock, the walks around Kata Tjuta are amazing.
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Make sure to buy a mosquito net and repellent. ☑️
Keep hydrated and drink lots of water. ☑️
Overuse your sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun of the desert. ☑️
Take sunglasses, a hat, and comfortable clothes. ☑️
Use a good pair of sneakers to walk around. ☑️
Don’t forget to hire travel insurance before your trip. ☑️
COVID-19 UPDATE: Until the display of this post, the recommendation is that travelers from outside the Northern Territory will be required to obtain a travel permit prior to entering the state. To board your flight into the NT, you must bring a hard copy of your permit to the airport. We highly recommend you to stay tuned with the latest news about this destination before arranging your trip.