Ayers Rock is located in the World Heritage-listed Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park about 460km south west of Alice Springs. The mammoth rock stands 348m high with a girth of over 9km and an estimated two-thirds of the rock being below the surface.
This natural wonder is the most visited tourist destination in Australia and it’s easy to see why when you’re standing right there next to it. The size, cultural significance and powerful presence of this magnificent rock are astounding. There is a Cultural Centre on site which explains the aboriginal spiritual perspective and helps you understand its significance.
Throughout the day depending on the position of the sun the rock's colours change constantly. Browns, oranges,reds, purples...wow what a sight. Sunset and sunrise are the most popular viewing times and offer fabulous photo opportunities.
Walks range in distance from 500m to viewing areas to 9.4km around the base of the rock. There is also the option to climb it, however the aboriginal people prefer you don’t out of respect for their culture. The challenging walk is 1.6km and can be both strenuous and dangerous, injuries and deaths have occurred. Note that the walk can be closed without warning due to strong winds or high temperatures.
There is an Aboriginal Art Gallery near the Cultural Centre. Local artists work in the gallery and provide demonstrations. Both traditional and contemporary paintings and carvings can be purchased. Souvenirs are also available as well as food and beverages in the rock-side café.
Ayers Rock Resort
is located at Yulara, just outside the national park on Yulara Drive and offers all types of accommodation including a pet friendly camp ground. Note that pets are prohibited in the park itself.
Visiting this breathtaking Australian icon is an exciting and memorable experience and is one of those places everyone wants to go one day. We’re glad we did.
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Destinations in the Northern Territory
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Return from Uluru to Northern Territory