The magic of Uluru awaits...

The Northern Territory is home to some of Australia's most iconic and culturally sacred sites—and perhaps the most significant of them all is Uluru. Nestled in the heart of the Red Centre, this magical monolith is steeped in tens of thousands of years of history and creation stories of the Anangu people, the traditional custodians. Set off on an Uluru adventure from Alice Springs, stopping off at lush gorges in Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park and the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon along the way. From connecting with Country and learning about traditional desert bushtucker to witnessing a jaw-dropping Uluru sunset, come see why the Red Centre is unforgettable.

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Highlights of our Uluru tours from Alice Springs

Two travellers walking into the Trail Station Shop and Cafe at the Telegraph Station in Alice Springs

Explore Alice Springs

We’d forgive you for thinking that Alice Springs is merely a launching pad for your Red Centre adventure, but it’s so much more than that. This somewhat sleepy Outback town deserves a day or two to be explored thanks to its historic sites like the old Telegraph Station and the scenic ANZAC Hill Lookout – not to mention its charming cafes, First Nations art galleries and cultural experiences.

Three travellers and an Intrepid guide walking towards the base of Uluru

Experience the magic of Uluru

You could spend your entire trip gazing up at Uluru and still not feel as if you’ve seen enough of it. Standing at a staggering 348 metres tall and 10 kilometres in circumference (in an otherwise flat desert!), words or photos don't do this majestic monolith justice. Listen in awe as your guide explains some of the ancient Aboriginal art and stories connected to the rocky folds and crevices.

The colourful lights of the Field of Light installation near Uluru

Wander through the Field of Light

After dark, the desert landscape is illuminated with 50,000 glass spindles of red, purple, pink and blue lights. The Field of Light exhibition is the size of seven football fields (yep, seven) and was created by British artist, Bruce Munro. With the outline of Uluru providing the perfect backdrop, let your imagination run wild as you explore this incredible installation.

A perfectly made up dinner table in the red dirt of the Outback

Dine under the Outback sky

What better way to wind down after exploring the epic Kings Canyon than a delicious dinner under the glittering night sky? Treat your tastebuds to an Outback-inspired meal made with locally sourced ingredients such as lemon myrtle, wattle seed and bush tomato. With the sound of the didgeridoo playing in the background, you won't be forgetting this dining experience in a hurry.

A traveller putting a witchetty grub back in a tree root

Learn about ancient Aboriginal culture

Meet with Lurit­ja/Per­tame (South­ern Aran­da) guides for an immersive cultural experience on their ancestors' land. After cleansing your spirit during a smoking ceremony (a custom practised for thousands of years), you'll learn about traditional bush tucker, medicine and ancient cultural knowledge that's been passed down the generations. You'll know how to extract a witchetty grub from a tree root in no time!

Two travellers walking through the domes of Kata Tjuta on the Walpa Gorge Walk

Wander through the captivating Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta is just as impressive as Uluru. These 36 rust-coloured domes are not only extremely photogenic, but they also play a significant role in Anangu creation stories and culture. Whether you want to admire their size and shape from afar or get up close on one of the walking trails, get ready to be wowed by these 50,000-million-year-old formations.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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The quickest way to get to Uluru is to fly to Yulara. You can fly direct from a few Australian cities including Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns with Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia. You can also fly direct to Alice Springs from most major Australian cities including Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide (flights are generally more frequent from Alice than Yulara). From here, it's a 465 km (5.5 hours) drive to Uluru.

If your tour finishes in Yulara, we can drop you off in Alice Springs (at no additional cost), with an arrival back in town at around 6:30 pm.

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The best way to get from Alice Springs to Uluru is on a guided tour like on our Red Centre Explorer as the transportation is already taken care of for you. If you have the time and don't mind spending several hours in the car, you can also drive from Alice Springs to Uluru with the journey taking just under 5 hours. While it's perfectly safe to drive, if you're not familiar with driving in the Outback it's recommended you avoid unsealed roads. 

Alice Springs sits in a subtropical hot desert climate zone with hot summers and cool winters. The summer (December-February) can see temperatures climb into the 40°Cs, so travelling during this time isn't advisable if you don't enjoy the heat. January sees the most rainfall and the weather can often be unpredictable and very humid.

Autumn (March-May) cools down a fair bit, with average temperatures of 12-27°C, but it can drop lower at nighttime. Winter and spring also enjoy fairly good weather, just bear in mind that nighttime temperatures can drop below 0°C so you'll need warm layers to rug up.

Uluru is awe-inspiring all year round, but the best time to visit is generally in the cooler months (between May and September) when the days are dry and warm, but not scorching. Uluru sits in a semi-arid desert climate zone, so summer is sweltering with occasional storms (the amount of rainfall varies from year to year), while winter is warm and dry during the day with cold nighttime temps that can plummet below zero.

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At the top of your list should be pair of sturdy and comfortable walking shoes. There are lots of incredible landscapes to explore in the Red Centre, so making sure your feet are comfortable is a priority. When it comes to clothing, layering is key; think t-shirts and shorts for the day, plus a pair of long pants and a warm jumper and/or jacket for sunrise and sunset. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll always need a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your body from the sun.

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The Anangu (pronounced arn-ung-oo) people are the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and other regions of the Central Western desert. They've been custodians of the land for over 60,000 years and are one of the world's oldest living cultures. For the Anangu people, Uluru and Kata Tjuta are places of deep spiritual connection; they are physical evidence of Tjukurpa (the creation period) and the ancestral spirits who reside in the land.

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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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