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TOP THINGS TO DO IN ULURU

A FIRST-TIMER’S GUIDE

 

Arguably one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Australia, Uluru is a destination everyone should experience in their lifetime. The ancient monolith is undoubtedly beautiful, with its vibrant colour and picturesque backdrop of the red central Australian desert. Even more powerful is the spiritual significance to the Anangu people, the traditional owners of the land.

Top Things To Do in Uluru

 

 

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ULURU

 

Uluru stands at 348 m (1,140 ft) tall, 9.4 km (5.8 mi) in circumference, and is understood to be around 550 million years old. This landmark is located within the World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, in the south-west corner of the Northern Territory. You will need to purchase a Park Pass, which can be done online before arriving or in person at the entry gate.

 

To experience the site from every angle, take the 9.4 km (5.8 mi) Uluru Base Walk, or join a guided tour to learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area and of the Dreamtime stories that have been passed down over thousands of years. If you are tight on time, drive around the base instead, stopping at each parking section to admire Uluru up close.

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The Sunrise Lookout and Sunset Viewing Area are the best places to be at those times of day to witness the magical glow created as the sun hits the rock. Be sure to get there early and secure a good spot.

 

Don't forget to pack a picnic and some warm blankets, especially if you are there in the winter months.
Uluru - Sunset Viewing Platform

 

KATA TJUTA

 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is also home to the lesser-known, but equally as remarkable Kata Tjuta. This site is around 40 km (25 mi) drive west of Uluru, and covers more than 20 square km (12.4 mi). From the moment you see the domes rise in the distance, you too will agree the site is just as impressive as its famous companion.

 

Make your first stop at the dune viewing area as you drive towards Kata Tjuta. This platform gives an uninterrupted, panoramic view of the area.

Kata Tjuta Viewing Platform

Then carry on to one, or both, of the spectacular walks offered at this site – Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds. If you are short on time, Walpa Gorge is the best option. This area is a refuge for desert plants and animals, with the lush greenery providing an incredible contrast to the rocky track and sheer red walls that tower on either side.

Visit Kata Tjuta - Walking trails

 

FIELD OF LIGHT

 

Field of Light - Visit Uluru

After the sun has set at Uluru, the landscape is transformed by the magical art installation Field of Light. The exhibition was created by artist Bruce Munro, who is known for his large-scale, immersive light installations. Field of Light comprises 50,000 spindles of light that hypnotically wash through every rainbow colour.

 

You need to purchase a pass to see this exhibition, which includes the bus transfer to and from Ayers Rock Resort. The cheapest pass gives entry to the installation, while the next option includes canapes and drinks at sunset, and the most expensive option includes a 3-course dining experience under the stars.

 

 

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