Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (formerly known as The Olgas) are only 50 km from one another and both are worth visiting. These sites have been returned to their original owners and visitors will require a pass, which is valid for 3 days. The park pass helps to maintain the visitor facilities and preserve the World Heritage, environment and cultural sites. Part of the fee goes back to Aṉangu traditional owners to support the community.
RATES: $25 per adult, $65 per family, $12.50 for kids, 4-year-olds and younger are free.
Uluru at Sunset. Photo: theresalila via IG
Due to popular demand, The Field of Light has been extended
to December 2020. The stars out here so inspired artist Bruce Munro that he
created a field of glowing lights to mirror on earth what he loved in the
heavens. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up
The fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light covers an area larger than seven football fields. As you wander through the desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet and blue, stems of light sway and breath.
RATES: $42 for adults. (Due to popularity, pre-booking is recommended)
Field of Lights. Photo: seitoutbackaustralia via IG
The best way to experience Uluru and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is to take a walk at each site.
Uluru at Sunset. Photo: thetravellingmonkeys via Ig
The many moods of Uluru. Photo: thegirlfrommartinique via Ig
Sunrise and Sunset
In the magic light of dusk and dawn Uluru and The Olgas come alive. The colors almost glow with an inner light and keep changing as the sun moves and the light quality changes. Bring your camera.
There are lots of viewing platforms from which to view Uluru. At The Olgas you can walk right amongst the rock formations.
Uluru at dusk. Photo: beaumicheli via IG
Watch the StarsYou’ve probably been watching the stars every night on this
road trip, but of course, you’re far from any light pollution out here. After
you’ve watched the sun set over Uluru of The Olgas, have an picnic dinner and
marvel at the stars. You can even have a guided tour of the galaxy with Uluru Astro Tours.
Star Gazing with Uluru Astrotours
Learn About Anangu CultureThe Cultural Centre in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
provides a good introduction to the local indigenous Anangu culture and traditions.
FREE (included in admission to park)
Camel Ride ToursRide a camel on an unforgettable journey through red dune country with Uluru as your backdrop, just as the early pioneers did. Visit the camel farm and say hello to our friendly Outback friends.
Camel Rides at Uluru. Photo: travellingwithnostrings via IG
Other FunTours There are dozens of ways to experience
Uluru including segway tours, helicopter tours, sunset and dinner tours,
sunrise and breakfast tours, walking tours, sky diving, rent a bike and cycle around it, go on a camping
safari and more. The Yulara Visitor Centre and Ayers Rock Resort will be able to help you find and book whatever it is that interests
Free Activities at Ayers Rock Resort If you are camping at the Ayers Rock Resort Campground, you
will have access to their free activities. Ask at reception for the schedule of
cultural talks by local Indigenous People. You can also take a guided and self-guided garden walk through the native gardens
of Desert Gardens Hotel. Join a bush yarn at the Circle of Sand with a local
Aboriginal storyteller and learn about weapons or bush tucker. Pay a visit to
Wintjiri Arts + Museum showcasing local Anangu products, watch artists
at work and learn more about the region's history, geology, flora and fauna in
the museum's display.
Kata Tjuta from the air. Photo: andrewwatsonphoto via Ig
Valley of the Winds
There are three options when embarking on the Valley of the Winds walks. They are steep, rocky and difficult in places.
Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing | Easy | 600m return | 30 mins
Located along the road between Uluru and Kata Tjuta, this easy walk has panoramic views and is a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the desert landscape.
Walpa Gorge Walk | Moderate | 2.6km return | 1 hour
A desert refuge for plants and animals this rocky track gently rises to a stream and a grove of spearwood. Walk within the sheer cliff walls of the gorge and experience the vast desert landscape.
Kata Tjuta walks. Photo: ausparkshiker via IG
It almost looks like a theatre backdrop. Photo: maria.magdalena_ via IG
The only camping anywhere near Uluru is the Ayers Rock Resort Campground, 15 km north of Uluru. Ayers Rock Resort has desert gardens to explore, indigenous art galleries, free cultural activities, a range of restaurants and bars, shops, a well-stocked IGA supermarket, petrol station, Tour & Information Centre, art galleries and a complimentary shuttle service to get you around. Facilities include a swimming pool, playground, WiFi, gas BBQs, outdoor kitchen, self-service laundry, hot showers and toilets.
RATES: From $42 for two people. $19.50 per additional person. $52 for a family.
Ayers Rock Campground picnic and BBQ area
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