Uluru Sunset and Sunrise Experience

By Viator, February 2015

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Uluru is one of Australia’s most mystical attractions. Steeped in Aboriginal legend and surrounded by controversy and located in one of Australia’s oddest landscapes, visiting the monolith in the country’s Red Centre is sure to be a surreal experience no matter when you see it. For a real show, however, make sure you experience Uluru at sunset or sunrise.

Picture this: the night sky above you is lit by a million stars, brighter out here in the middle of the desert than you’ve ever seen them near a city. Slowly, the eastern horizon starts to lighten, and as the sun starts crawling up into the sky, rays of orange light hit the red rock in front of you. You watch as the soft pinks of early morning sunlight begin to dance across the surface of Uluru. Now imagine that experience in reverse, with the intense reds and oranges of a desert sunset.

The best way to experience the sunrise at Uluru is far and away by walking around the base at sunrise. It will be early, yes, but you’ll be rewarded by seeing the desert wake up on an intimate stroll around the base of Uluru. Your guide will impart knowledge of Uluru’s history, and the Aboriginal traditions that surround the rock. You’ll see ancient rock art at Mutitjulu Waterhole and learn about the cultural heritage of the indigenous people, including hearing their creation myth. The truly unique experience ends with a picnic breakfast under the light of the newly-risen sun.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is an Uluru sunset experience. There are several ways to experience Uluru at sunset - many visitors prefer to witness the light change when they’re already awake! A small group tour of Uluru at sunset mimics the sunrise experience, with an added stop at the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing area to watch Uluru change colours with the setting sun. A camel ride at sunset is a unique way to watch the light change as well.

To truly witness the best of Uluru in the changing light though, you can’t go past a sunset and sunrise small group tour. Watch the sunset at Uluru with a late afternoon tour before bedding down for the night and preparing to rise early to see the rising sun cast a natural light show upon the huge domes that are the Kata Tjuta rock formations.

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