When visiting Australia for the first time, it`s hard to cover the whole country. It is at least 15 times the UK and has so much to offer. It`s a pity to not explore destinations to their fullest potential. Like when I visited Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock. I know a lot of travelers just fly in for one, maybe two days to see the “rock”, but then head back to Queensland or one of the bigger cities like Sydney. I`ve spent 4 days at Uluru and loved every minute of it.
Here are a few options of how to visit Uluru at its best:
SUNSET HELICOPTER FLIGHT
My personal favorite! If you only have time to do one thing, I would opt for this one! The helicopter takes you up to see “the rock” from above and seeing the shades of color change every minute while the sun sets has something magical to it.
Price: 99 euros per person – Approx. 15 min.
SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Watch the sun set from a private dining setting in the middle of the desert. While sipping a glass of sparkling wine and the sound of a didgeridoo filling the air, you can watch the colors changes as the sun slowly sets over Uluru. When the darkness falls, thousands of stars appear in the Southern sky, taking your breath away. It almost feels as if you can touch them…
This incredible dining experience is called Sounds of Silence and it was definitely one to remember. The stargazing gave it that something extra! And if you`re together with your partner visiting Uluru, this has a romantic feeling to it.
Price: 125 euro/adult and this includes the dinner and drinks, the entertainment and a star talk. As well as return transfers from your Voyages Ayers Rock Resort accommodation.
Duration of the tour is around 4 hours
SUNSET CAMEL TREK
Traveling one hour on friendly camels in this spectacular desert region brings you closer to nature and offers great views over Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park.
Price: 89 euros per person. Tour duration is about two hours. If you`ve got enough time, you can explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta this way. If you`re short on time, I would suggest the helicopter flight.
Of course you can`t leave the Outback without seeing the sun rise over Uluru. So I got up bright and early to experience this magnificent event. At a remote location in the desert of the National Park, while having breakfast around a campfire and seeing the sun shed its light on the world.
A lovely way to discover the natural beauty and rich culture of the rock, is following the footsteps of the ancestral beings that shaped the landscape. Walking around Uluru, you can choose between several walks, depending on how much time you have or your level of fitness.
By choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing, you will be respecting Tjukurpa and Anangu wishes.
By joining an Anangu guide during a walk you learn so much about their history and culture. Hear stories of the ancient Western Brown Snake, Liru on the Liru Walk and see examples of Anangu rock art along the Mala walk. If you like walking, then the Base walk is for you. This walk takes you all the way around Uluru rock.
For more info on the walks, check out my travel tip at TravelDudes.
To really get the whole experience, join a Dot Painting Workshop where you learn about Aboriginal art and culture form aboriginal artists themselves!
Most people come out to visit Uluru but forget about the beautiful Kata Tjuta or also named the Olgas. Try to schedule it into your visit to the Outback, because it`s definitely worth it. Do the Walpa Gorge Walk or see the sun set over domes of the Kata Tjuta.
For more info on the tours I did, check out: Ayers Rock Resort Experiences
*All prices were accurate at time of publishing. I was invited by Northern Territory, but all opinions are my own.