Uluru is one of those places that everyone should visit in their lifetime, an iconic landmark that needs to be experienced in real life. Photos don’t do it justice and words can’t describe the feeling you get looking out across the vast dry land, taking in the sheer enormity of the big red rock. From a distance Uluru looks smooth, a stark contrast against a blue sky, but up close it is a myriad of bumps and uneven surface, each angle providing a unique view. Uluru is like an iceberg, with the majority of it hidden deep below the surface, out of sight from man’s eye. It seems out of place on the relatively flat land that surrounds it, and whilst there is a scientific explanation of how it came to be, the structure still leaves you in awe. Endless days could be spent admiring natures’ work that is Uluru, but it’s not the only thing you can see in Ayers Rock. Just a 15 minute drive down the road and you’ll arrive at Kata Tjuta, Uluru’s taller companion, boasting 200 metres in extra height than its famous counterpart. Just as and if not more spectacular than Uluru, Kata Tjuta is an underrated masterpiece, providing breathtaking views of the desert landscape.
HOW TO GET THERE: Getting to Uluru is relatively easy, there’s direct flights to Ayers Rock from Sydney and indirect flights from most Australian major cities. Ayers Rock airport is about an 8 minute drive to most of the accommodation that’s available.
WHERE TO STAY: There are limited accommodation options at Ayers Rock, so ensure you book early. Emu Walk Apartments are a great option if you prefer apartment style with extra amenities for cooking. Or to opt for a more luxurious option, Sails in the Desert offer 5 star accommodation, complete with a swimming pool and modern dining, bar and lounge options.
WHAT TO DO: Hire a car and spend time exploring by road, then get out and explore by foot. There are several walking tracks that are highlighted with things like waterholes and Aboriginal artwork. Whilst you can technically climb Uluru, it is considered quite disrespectful to do so given the sacredness of the land. Another way to explore the land is via camel and Uluru Camel Tours offer several tours each day, from sunrise to sunset. For a more cultural experience, there are several Aboriginal tours you can do which provide insight into the ancient ways of the Anangu people and history of the sacred land. Or for those interested in the arts, check out internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Lights installation, a spectacular sight at sunrise and sunset. But if you’re after a bigger adrenalin rush, Skydive Uluru offer tandem skydiving right next to the rock.
GOOD TO KNOW: Getting into the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park costs $25 per person for 1 – 3 days, allowing you unlimited entry into the park to view Uluru and Kata Tjuta within that period.