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.