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Welcome to Uluru

Smack in the middle of the Australian Outback is a truly massive hunk of rock—and one of the country’s most iconic landmarks: Uluru. Also known by its Western name, Ayers Rock, the sandstone monolith is the top draw of UNESCO World Heritage–listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, in the vast, desert expanse of the Red Centre. A 4-hour drive from the nearest Outback town, Alice Springs, Ulurs magnetizes travelers eager to see the ancient edifice (it’s thought to have started forming 550 million years ago) and its daily light shows: The rock appears to change color—from charcoal to purple to crimson to ochre—with every sunrise and sunset. Uluru tours enable you to experience the natural phenomenon on foot, camel back, helicopter, or scenic plane flight; or stick around after dark for an evening barbeque under the starry Outback sky. While visitors are asked not to climb “the Rock,” which is sacred to the local Anangu people, you can walk its base with an indigenous guide to get the inside scoop on its cave paintings, watering holes, wildlife, and Aboriginal folklore—or head out into the desert plains for more Aussie adventure. Multiday camping trips are great for desert enthusiasts looking to swim, hike, and cruise the Outback landscape via 4WD. Plus, you get to avoid Uluru's limited accommodation options and explore nearby attractions, such as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon, with ease.

Top 10 attractions in Uluru

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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A gigantic monolith of rust-red rock looming over the desert plains of the Australian Outback, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is more than just a postcard icon—it’s the cultural, spiritual, and geographical heart of Australia, one of its most impressive natural wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.More
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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

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Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, the mighty Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. This natural wonder, comprising 36 domed red rocks looming up from the desert plains, is a spectacular sight and one of the highlights of Australia’s Red Centre.More
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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Owned and operated by the Anangu, the traditional owners of Ayers Rock (Uluru, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre offers a place for visitors to discover the myths, legends, and cultural heritage of Australia’s most famous monolith. Just south of the UNESCO-listed landmark, the cultural centre is filled with art galleries, fascinating exhibitions, and multimedia displays.More
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Walpa Gorge (Olga Gorge)

Walpa Gorge (Olga Gorge)

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Far less crowded than popular Uluru/Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas is where the Aboriginal Anangu people still practice cultural ceremonies. Walpa Gorge offers visitors the shortest and easiest trail in Kata Tjuta. For what it lacks in length, however, it makes up for in dramatic views overlooking some three dozen sandstone domes.More
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Watarrka National Park

Watarrka National Park

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Australia's Watarrka National Park protects one of the Northern Territory’s most legendary destinations: Kings Canyon. It's a rocky red desert park of rugged geological formations and sheer-edged sandstone gorges plummeting to waterholes and unexpected oases of cycad palms. Walking trails lead to lookouts for views over the canyon, and there are picnic tables at the sunset-viewing area and Kathleen Springs.More
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Valley of the Winds

Valley of the Winds

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Like a vein through the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, the rugged Valley of the Winds trail is a scenic, mind-bending journey. It’s a spot where the silence can often seem deafening—even in busier times of year—and the sun bathes the rocky Olgas in a deep, reddish hue. More
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Curtin Springs

Curtin Springs

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This cattle station (ranch in Australia’s “Red Centre” is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Curtin Springs is a welcome, comfortable stop on the road leading west toward Uluru/Ayers Rock. Most travelers who stay here use it as a base for exploring Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Kings Canyon, ,thereby escaping higher prices and crowds found near the rock.More
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Mala Walk

Mala Walk

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Following dusty desert paths around the north-western edge of Ayers Rock (Uluru, the Mala Walk offers a chance to see the mighty landmark up close. The short and accessible trail runs to the Kantju Gorge, passing beneath the towering red rock walls of Uluru and dotted with ancient Aboriginal rock art sites.More
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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The UNESCO-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an iconic Australian destination with two of the country’s most striking natural landmarks: Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). A sacred site, the park is co-managed by the Anangu and the government. Watch the sun come up, and learn about Anangu culture and traditions.More
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Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence

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A highlight of any visit to Australia’s Red Centre, the Sounds of Silence is an unforgettable way to discover Uluru (Ayers Rock). From watching a romantic sunset over this nature's made landmark to dining beneath the desert's bright stars—it’s an outback experience like no other.More

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Dinner Experiences at Uluru

Dinner Experiences at Uluru

Sunrise and Sunset Experiences at Uluru

Sunrise and Sunset Experiences at Uluru

Top activities in Uluru

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset with Outback Barbecue Dinner and Star Tour
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Full Uluru Base Walk at Sunrise Including breakfast
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Scenic Plane Flight: Uluru & Kata Tjuta
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Uluru Morning Guided Base Walk

Uluru Morning Guided Base Walk

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Uluru Sunset BBQ
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Uluru Sunset BBQ

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Kata Tjuta Sunset Half Day Trip

Kata Tjuta Sunset Half Day Trip

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset Tour

Uluru (Ayers Rock) Sunset Tour

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Highlights of Uluru Including Sunrise and Breakfast
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Aboriginal Homelands Experience from Ayers Rock including Sunset
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Recent reviews from experiences in Uluru

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Water on Ayers Rock.
Sylvia_C, Jun 2022
Segway the FULL base of Uluru - Sunrise, daytime or self drive options!
The water falls on Ayers Rock.
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Many thanks again - you made my trip!!
Ross_E, Jun 2022
Uluru(Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs Coach Transfer
Hi Viator I would just like to say a belated thank you to the team who helped me with the below trip from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs – the team I spoke to on several occasions helped me to coordinate meeting the coach the at a stop-off so that I could make it back to Alice Springs in time for a flight ….
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Crazy fun —- a definite requirement for the adventurous
Duc_n, Apr 2022
Segway the FULL base of Uluru - Sunrise, daytime or self drive options!
Most importantly though was the time we saved getting to see the rock from all angles with little effort.
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Uluru Up Close
Chas, Feb 2020
Uluru Small Group Tour including Sunset
The tour itself was wonderful, to see Uluru up close and hear about it.
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AMAZING! Spectacular views, great...
Kirsty, Jun 2015
Kings Canyon Day Trip from Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Spectacular views, great history, and awesome to get to see more of the NT landscape with the distance between everything.
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We chose this option as we could not...
Michael D, Aug 2010
Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs One-Way Shuttle
Was a straightforward way to get from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs - comfortable seats, at least one rest stop.
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It was the cheapest way I could find...
Jennifer T, Aug 2006
Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs One-Way Shuttle
It was the cheapest way I could find from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs.
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Worth every penny!
Pat_U, Mar 2020
Uluru and Kata Tjuta Experience with BBQ Dinner
Only 2 disappointments: visit to Kata Tjuta far too short - 45-minute stop only long enough to reach the gorge and return, not to spend any time within it; and the 'sunset view' of Uluru ended abruptly at sunset, so didn't see the Rock grow dark (perhaps because the main tour bus had to drive back to Alice Springs, a 5-hour journey).
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very nice experience
Gregory_L, Sep 2019
Ayers Rock Combo: Uluru Base and Sunset plus Uluru Sunrise and Kata Tjuta with an Optional BBQ Dinner or Kings Canyon Day Trip
We were following the rim of the canyon to see breathtaking views.
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Outstanding in every way! This was...
Barbara_M, Jan 2018
Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base and Sunset Half-Day Trip with Opt Outback BBQ Dinner
This was the perfect way to see Ayers Rock.
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We only stayed in Uluru for one...
Fay I, Apr 2018
Small Group Uluru Sunset Viewing Tour
We only stayed in Uluru for one night so this was the perfect way to see Ayers Rock.
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A great way to see Uluru and...
William F, Sep 2015
Helicopter Scenic: Lizard Safari
A great way to see Uluru and surrounds.
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Suzette B, Aug 2014
Uluru (Ayers Rock) Base and Sunset Half-Day Trip with Opt Outback BBQ Dinner
With less than a day remaining of our stay in Uluru, we decided to see what was available in the limited time we had remaining.
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This trip --a 6 hour road trip...
Ruth B, Jan 2017
Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs One-Way Shuttle
This trip --a 6 hour road trip between Uluru Ayers Rock and Alice Springs was very well done and involved a transfer of buses half way through our journey part of the group went off to see Kings Canyon.
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