4 Top Tips for Planning a Trip to Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock is one of Australia’s most prominent landmarks and globally recognized from tourism promotions, airline inflight videos and iconic images of Australia.
It is situated in a remote area and one of the main attractions of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park as well as the Olgas.
Visiting Ayers Rock is easy to do if you research for options and consider the implications of travelling through this vast region.
Australia is a big country so we recommend you read our top tips for planning a trip to Ayers Rock – there’s a lot to discover so you don’t want to be left sitting in the red dust!
1. Get your bearings
When tourists refer to Ayers Rock, they mean ‘Uluru’ itself, however it’s essential to realize Ayers Rock as a term also encompasses the resort as well.
Ayers Rock Resort is close to the rock - just 20 kilometres away, but the resort is definitely not on ‘easy access’ lists being around 450 kilometres from Alice Springs. It is located in Yulara, a permanent township that acts as a base for tourists that visit the area for the sights of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park including Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).
Joining a guided tour with Adventures Beyond is a great option because you won’t need to worry about arranging anything yourself to discover the region.
Download free smartphone apps from the Director of National Parks to help get your bearings – on Google Play (Android) you can download ‘Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’ app, and on the iTunes store (iPhone) look for the ‘Visit Uluru’ app.
2. Best time to visit Ayers Rock
April and May are ideal months to visit as the weather is warm and there is little chance of rainfall. September and October are also great times to stop by as many of the desert plants flower during these months.
December and January crest in the Australian summer with high temperatures and harsh sun so the risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration is increased. It is recommended to walk in the cooler parts of the day, as the highest temperatures occur between the hours of 2.30pm-6.30pm. Travelling prepared with plenty of water, a sun hat, and sun cream is advisable.
You’ll be visiting a beautiful region that swings from climatic extremes, so no matter when you visit be prepared for hot, dry days and some chilly nights.
3. Things to see and do
There is plenty of things to do when visiting the Red Centre:
• Ayers Rock (Uluru) is the main attraction and is very accessible with a well-marked flat path, rest stops and information signs along the trail. In times of extreme heat, parts of the path are closed to minimise risk for tourists.
• Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) a series of red rock domes are extremely popular and often combined with tours to Ayers Rock.
• Aboriginal rock art sites with ancient rock art reliving local Dreamtime stories and traditions
• Nature experiences – learning about desert plants, birds, animals, reptiles
• Camel rides
• Dinner excursions under the stars such as Sounds of Silence
• Free activities at Ayers Rock Resort such as cultural performances, didgeridoo lessons, and garden walks.
• Visiting art and craft galleries for indigenous art and sculptures
• Spa treatments
4. Choose a tour
Consider the amount of time you have to visit the area, and your budget. It’s really important to understand how huge the region is and factor in travelling time – visiting Ayers Rock is not something you can tack onto a day trip from Sydney or Melbourne, it is an experience that deserves time to really enjoy your visit.
Adventures Beyond offers departures from Alice Springs, Adelaide and combinable tours from Darwin.
Book one of Adventures Beyond’s Ayers Rock tour packages today!