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Welcome to Ayers Rock

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 four-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 the limited accommodation options of Ayers Rock and explore nearby attractions, such as Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Kings Canyon, with ease.

Top 10 attractions in Ayers Rock

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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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Uluru - or Ayers Rock - is Australia's proud symbol, and site of spiritual significance for the Anangu people. Like an iceberg, it's believed that only a third of the big red rock lies above ground. What we can see measures 3.6 km (2.5 miles) long, 348 meters (1,141 feet) tall, so Uluru is an awfully big rock. Ayers Rock is known for its fabulous colors at dawn and sunset, when the pitted rock surface turns from ocher brown to a rich burnished orange. Walking tracks lead around the base of the rock, ranging from easy 45-minute strolls to the circumnavigation which can take up to four hours and passes caves, paintings and sacred sites. The Anangu people ask visitors not to climb their sacred rock, and it is a dangerously steep and windy ascent. Instead, taking a tour led by the Anangu is a very rewarding experience, as is visiting their cultural center to learn the Dreamtime stories and cultural significance of the site.More
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Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

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The 36 domed red rocks known as the Olgas - or Kata Tjuta - dotting the desert are of huge cultural and spiritual significance to the Anangu people. Meaning 'many heads,' the huge rocks are separated by steep-sided gorges and valleys. Walking tracks lead around the area to lookouts, waterholes and picnic areas. The main trail is the Valley of the Winds, a 7.5 km (4.5 mile) loop, while the sunset lookout is an easy stroll from the car park for striking views of this surreal landscape. The tallest rock, Mt Olga, is much higher than Ayers Rock (Uluru), soaring 546 meters (1,790 feet).More
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

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The drone of a didgeridoo, the chanting of the indigenous Anangu people, and the clapping sticks that drive their chanting and dancing can be heard as you approach the Tjukurpa Tunnel. This is your welcome to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Tjukurpa is the story and the spiritual law of the Anangu people, and the Tjukurpa Tunnel is where you are encouraged to begin building your understanding of their way of life before your visit to Uluru or Kata Tjuta. Much of Tjukurpa is considered sacred and cannot be discussed publicly, so this is a fantastic opportunity to take in those parts which can be shared. Artefacts and informational plaques are displayed throughout the tunnel, and documentary DVD’s are screened on a loop, providing fascinating insights.More
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a World Heritage Area and iconic Australian destination. Preserved within the park are two of Australia's most striking natural landmarks: Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Olgas (Kata Juta). The park is co-managed by the Anangu people and the Australian government. The traditional owners run walking tours through the park and co-manage the park's cultural center which provides valuable insights into the land's significance for Anangu culture. At the cultural center you can also browse traditional carvings, paintings and ceramics made by central Australia's Anangu communities. Along with sunrise or sunset viewings of Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Olgas (Kata Juta), you can take a tour of the park by camel, motorbike or scenic flight, witness traditional activities such as boomerang-throwing, or see the park through the eyes of the Anangu on a cultural tour.More
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Mala Walk

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Walk alongside the imposing form of Uluru to the Kantju Gorge and waterhole, on land held sacred by the Anangu indigenous people. The Anangu have walked this land for thousands of years, and once held religious ceremonies here. They believe that the shape and physical features on this section of the monolith represent the activities of the Mala (or rufous hare wallaby), which they see as one of their ancestral beings, during the time of the Tjukurpa (creation time). The sheer cliffs of Uluru look amazingly different from every angle, and scroll through a vast array of colours as the sun moves across the desert sky. You will never tire of looking at this incredible figure, as it is always changing. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during heavy rain you will see quite a show, since small streams and waterfalls cover Uluru, transforming it into a completely different natural wonder.More
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Kings Canyon

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The red sandstone walls of Kings Canyon rise abruptly from tranquil pools and pockets of cycads and vegetation in the middle of the red centre desert. The prized activity here is the 2.5 km (1.5 mile) return Kings Creek Walk around the rim of the canyon to a lookout for fabulous views of the lush Garden of Eden. The reward for taking on the longer 4-hour walk is even better views including the rock formation known as the Lost City. The 1-hour return Kathleen Springs Walk is wheelchair-accessible and leads to a lovely waterhole.More
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Curtin Springs

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There’s a cattle ranch in Australia’s center that’s bigger than the state of Rhode Island. An arid grassland covered in dust and 4,500 cattle, it’s also a welcome, comfortable stop on the road leading west towards Uluru. When the Severin family moved out here in 1956, they saw a total of six people in their first year out on the ranch. Gradually, however, hardy tourists heading west towards Uluru would stop for fuel and supplies, and what began as a way to help weary travelers has grown to a guesthouse, bar, and ranch that’s an Australian site to itself. Take a guided walk through grasslands that stretch towards red-earthed horizons, and learn how the grass is converted on site into natural, Curtin Springs paper. Hop aboard a 4WD and go bouncing away towards Mt. Conner—an open swath of land and hills that’s covered in kangaroos. Have a yarn at the Curtin Springs pub with a colorful outback character, or simply get some much needed sleep from the long, adventurous drive.More
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Sounds of Silence

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The nightly Sounds of Silence experience is hosted by the Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara. A gourmet meal is served under the stars, combining with red center hospitality, outback tales and stargazing for an unforgettable evening in the Australian outback. The white-linen and silver-service dinner is served at sunset, with the changing colors of Ayers Rock visible on the horizon from your table as evening falls. Prepared with a gourmet twist, the traditional outback meal includes barramundi fish, kangaroo, emu and bush salads. After dinner over coffee and port, settle back for an evening of stargazing under the immense southern skies.More

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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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This tour was amazing. I had never...
Hannah B, Oct 2014
Helicopter Scenic: Uluru Rock Blast
Such a great way to see Ayers Rock!
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Excellent way to see Ayers Rock at...
Mark S, Jul 2013
Uluru Small-Group Tour by Camel at Sunrise or Sunset
Excellent way to see Ayers Rock at sunrise.
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Great tour guide and driver but...
Asif S, Aug 2012
3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon
Great tour guide and driver but avoid Alice Springs as the locals are drunk and violent!
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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!
Trish, 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 (per
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very nice experience
glebowa, 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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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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Outstanding in every way! This was...
barbaratore1, 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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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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My sister and I made this booking as...
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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My Husband and I were visiting...
Soulie1969, Nov 2013
Helicopter Scenic: Uluru Rock Blast
My Husband and I were visiting several places in Australia and his No1 wish for to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the "Red Centre" and to take a Helicopter ride over the area.
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A wonderful trip. I read the reviews...
Kylie R, Mar 2011
3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon
This is a great way to see Kings Canyon, the drive is long but the driver was good with updates and I investigated the times before.
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Ayers Rock was great, being able to run...
Ian P, May 2009
3-Day Tour from Uluru (Ayers Rock) to Alice Springs via Kings Canyon
Dropped off at hotel in Alice Springs, which was a bit of a letdown.

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