Uluru is the spiritual heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and your heart is guaranteed to skip a beat when you see this giant monolith rising from the earth.
It’s hard to describe the feeling of being in Uluru’s presence. Standing at 384 metres tall and a mighty 10 kilometres in circumference, the sheer size of this majestic monolith will leave you speechless – and so will the caves, cascades and ancient Aboriginal rock art concealed within its folds. The connection to Country runs deep here, and we want you to experience it for yourself by learning from the Anangu – the traditional owners of the land. Follow your Intrepid leader as you journey around the base of Uluru while listening to creation stories, explore the otherworldly domes at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), witness the shifting shades of Uluru at sunrise and sunset, or lose yourself in the magic of Uluru silhouetted against the Field of Light. On our Uluru tours and holidays, you'll see these sacred lands and their stories come to life
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Uluru tour routes
We have a range of tours from Uluru (Yulara) to Alice Springs or Alice Springs to Uluru. Either way, we’ll immerse you in the region’s rich cultural history and give you an unforgettable Aussie experience.
Highlights of Uluru
Get a unique insight into this land through the eyes of the Anangu people – the traditional owners of Uluru. We work closely with First Nations communities to develop ethical and authentic travel experiences that benefit communities and travellers alike.
Dine and camp under the glittering outback sky
Nothing beats camping under the stars… oh wait, camping under the stars at Uluru? Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that. After watching the sunset over Uluru, tuck into a delicious barbecue dinner followed by storytelling and stargazing around the campfire. The Red Centre is one of the most spectacular places in Australia for seeing the glittering night skies as you’re slap bang in the middle of the Aussie desert with almost no light pollution.
Witness Uluru at sunrise and sunset
Uluru is a sight to behold any time of day, but nothing quite beats the goosebump-worthy views at sunset and sunrise. Follow your Intrepid leader to the best viewing spots to witness the shifting shades of this giant monolith and the surrounding landscapes glow as the sun peeks below or above the horizon. It doesn’t matter how many times you see it, no two angles (or days) are the same and these views will stay in your mind's eye long after your trip ends.
Explore the otherworldly Kata Tjuta
Mother Nature worked her magic again at the otherworldly Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). This towering collection of 36 rust-coloured rock domes is as old as Uluru and has played an important role in the spiritual life of the Anangu people for more than 22,000 years. Whether you feel like hiking the stunning 6 km Valley of the Winds trail for awe-inspiring views or standing from afar to watch them glow with the setting sun, these fascinating rock formations are a sight you simply don’t want to miss.
Marvel at the Field of Lights
Imagine waiting for the dark night sky to fall on the desert and then seeing the landscapes illuminate with thousands of red, purple, pink and blue lights. The magical Field of Light exhibition is an enormous art installation (the size of seven football fields!) created by artist, Bruce Munro, and it’s truly like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Let your imagination run wild as you wander through this magical sensory garden filled with 50,000 tiny glass spindles and the silhouette of Uluru looming in the distance.
Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre
Feel the powerful vibrations of the didgeridoo and ceremonial chanting as you approach the Tjukurpa Tunnel at the Uluru Cultural Centre. This immersive walk takes you on a journey through time as you learn about the creation stories of Uluru and Tjukurpa – the spiritual law and traditions of the Anangu people. Or, visit Watarrka National Park in Kings Canyon to meet with a local guide on a guided bushwalk to forage for bush tucker and learn how it's used by the Luritja people for spiritual and healing purposes.
Explore the base of Uluru
Join your Intrepid leader on a 10km journey around the base of Uluru while learning about the cultural significance of the landscapes on the way. You’ll peek inside hidden caves, find ancient Aboriginal rock paintings, listen to creation stories and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the sacred Mutitjulu Waterhole. Your guide will be on hand to point out rare plants, wildflowers and animals that thrive in this unique desert environment. If you’re lucky, you might see a wallaroo hopping around the rocks!
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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
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- Uluru is approximately 600 million years old
- The rock you see is only the tip of the, er, monolith. Another 2.5 km of rock mass is buried beneath the surrounding desert
- Uluru is 348 metres tall
- The circumference of Uluru is a mighty 9.4 km
- The Traditional Owners of Uluru are the Anangu people
- Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is home to 400 plant species and 21 species of mammals
- Uluru gets its orangey-red colour comes from oxidised iron content
The Uluru climb closed permanently on 26 October 2019 because of the spiritual significance of the site. The Traditional Owners of the land, the Anangu people, have been holding spiritual and cultural ceremonies at Uluru for tens of thousands of years, and climbing is not generally allowed under Tjukurpa (Anangu law and culture). We think the views are better from down below anyway.
The closest airport to Uluru is Yulara (Ayers Rock/Connellan Airport) which connects Uluru with Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Alice Springs and several other cities in Australia. However, most of our Uluru tours start in Alice Springs and Alice Springs Airport has more flight routes and more frequent flight schedules. If you’re travelling by car, you can drive to Alice Springs via the Stuart Highway which runs from Darwin in the Northern Territory and Port Augusta in South Australia. You can then turn onto the Red Centre Way loop that connects Alice Springs with Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges, Watarrka/Kings Canyon and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Greyhound operates a bus to Alice Springs from Adelaide – the journey takes around 20 hours and stops at Port Augusta, Coober Pedy and several other iconic spots along the way.
Weather-wise, the best time to visit Uluru is during the winter between May and September when daytime temperatures linger in the low to mid-20s. There’s also very little rain and the conditions are prime for hiking the gorgeous trails around the base of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Plus, you’ll see plenty of colourful spring wildflowers and maybe even a gorgeous baby roo or two. Although the days are pleasant, winter nights and early mornings can be very chilly and clear skies often bring sub-zero temperatures. Make sure you bring warm layers, a coat and a woolly hat with you for those crisp sunrise walks. You might want to avoid Uluru between December and February, and maybe November and March, if you don't enjoy the heat. Summer is extremely hot and humid and daytime highs often reach the 40s.
You’ll need a comfy pair of walking boots or shoes as there's so much to see on the trails around Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Make sure you bring enough long, lightweight clothing to see you through your trip (long sleeves will prevent pesky insect bites), a wide sun hat (ideally that covers the head and neck), a daysack, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm (your lips can get dry in the heat) and insect repellent. It can get cold at night, especially in the winter months, so you’ll want to pack a fleece and/or a warm coat for the evenings and early mornings. It’s generally warm or hot during the day, so you'll also need a large reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.
If you're wondering what the difference is between 'Ayers Rock' and Uluru, both names, in fact, refer to the same iconic landmark. The name was officially changed to its First Nations title, Uluru, in 1993 to recognise its significance to Aboriginal Australians. On our Uluru tours, you'll learn the unique stories behind Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka that really bring these places to life.
Mobile phone signal and data work in some areas of the park, but expect it to be patchy or completely cut off as you venture further in, especially towards Kings Canyon. If you need to use your phone, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre has good phone signal and free Wi-Fi.
The traditional owners of Uluru are the Anangu people who've been living on and learning from the land for over 60,000 years. Tasked with protecting and cherishing Uluru and its surroundings, the Anangu people view the rock as a sacred and special place, passing down Dreamtime stories from generation to generation.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
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