The Ultimate Guide to Uluru and Everything Nearby

Sitting at the heart of Australia’s breathtaking outback, Uluru (formerly known as Ayer’s Rock) is a truly unforgettable sight, a 348-metre high monolith that rises majestically from the surrounding desert like an alien edifice.

It serves as the centrepiece of the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, an area of exceptional natural beauty and deep cultural significance to the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu. Thousands of travellers flock here every year to experience it for themselves.

There are so many ways to see Uluru, and all the otherworldly sights nearby. Here’s our complete guide to it all so you won’t miss anything.

How to get to Uluru

The red centre of Australia is big. This means the best way to reach Uluru at its heart is to take a tour from Alice Springs, which is the nearest large town despite being some 460km away. If you’re in a hurry, you can fly to Alice Springs or directly to Uluru in a few hours from most major Australian cities. Longer tours down from Darwin, the Northern Territory’s capital city, are also available.

The Best Ways to Experience Uluru

Okay, let’s start with what most consider the main event of the red centre – Uluru itself. The towering rock has been awaiting your visit for around 600 million years, so the least you can do is make the most of it while you’re there.

Uluru walking tours

Many visitors choose to walk around the base of Uluru, so they can get acquainted with the shapely contours of the imposing monument at their own pace. Along the way you’ll find peaceful waterholes, often formed by rain streaming down the rock, and hidden caves to peek inside. There are numerous walking trails around Uluru, most of which are wheelchair accessible.

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