Ayers Rock Tourism
Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region’s gem is Uluru, but offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours from Sydney.
World Heritage-listed Uluru, more commonly known as Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols.
Located in the heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is set in an ancient landscape blessed with world-famous rock formations, and rich in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality.
The traditional custodians of Uluru, the Anangu, believe this landscape was created by their ancestors at the beginning of time, and they have been protecting these sacred lands ever since.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for visitors. All the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park information services are housed within this award-winning centre where the friendly staff will give you inside knowledge on local activities, walks, guided tours and Aboriginal art demonstrations.
Learn about Tjukurpa, the traditional law guiding the Anangu people.
Take a dot painting workshop, where Aboriginal artists will show you how they express their culture through art. You’ll have your own original artwork to take home as a memento.
Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide and learn about their ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime.
Enrich your stay and learn from Anangu locals about their ancient and vibrant culture. Displays and videos at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre offer deep insight into the ancient history of the area and exhibits of local artworks are a must see.
Me and you and Anangu
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is jointly managed by Anangu (traditional owners) and Parks Australia.
For access permits, maps of the area and visitor information stop into the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre or contact Parks Australia.
Uluru and Surrounds
There are many ways to experience the majesty of Uluru and surrounds and the beauty of this unique desert landscape.
Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide and learn about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime.
See it from the skies by helicopter or hot air balloon.
Ride across the ochre coloured desert on a Harley Davidson motorcycle or on the back of a camel.
No-one misses sunrise and sunset. At different times of the day the colours change, from pink to purple to dark red, while the sky reflects a superb array of colours.
Although it is possible to climb Uluru, the traditional owners do not because of its great spiritual significance, and in respect of their culture ask that others do not climb it either.
Wind your way through Kings Canyon, see the ancient red rocks of Kata Tjuta, marvel at star-filled skies, experience real outback stations and soak up the luxurious experiences.
Although it’s a harsh environment, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to hundreds of species of animals, birds and rare plants.
The Uluru region is a genuine birding paradise with more than 170 species.
Kangaroos, emus, dingoes and wallabies roam wild on the red desert sands, providing many opportunities to see them up close.
Animals and plants are an important part of the Uluru creation stories. Learn about bush tucker, traditional medicines, sacred Aboriginal rock art and how animals formed the Uluru landscape from a park ranger on one of three walks: the Mala Walk, Lungkata Walk and Kuniya Walk.
Stay at Uluru
Join Adventures Beyond on one of our superb tours where we stay at the Ayers Rock Campground under the shade of native desert trees.
Experience the Sounds of Silence dinner at Ayers Rock Resort and learn about the tales of the southern night sky with a ‘star talker’. Feast on authentic Australian delicacies such as barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile, complemented by fine Australian wines.
Longitude 131 is the closest accommodation to Uluru itself and offers spectacular sunrise and sunset views over the rock from its luxury safari tents set amongst the sand dunes.
You can even stay on an authentic Australian outback cattle ranch at Kings Creek Station.
Getting to Uluru
Uluru is approximately 460 kilometres or a six-hour drive southwest of Alice Springs.
Many visitors choose to explore Australia’s outback at their own pace by driving the Northern Territory’s famous Red Centre Way. This gives you a chance to explore many of the Northern Territory’s major attractions including Alice Springs, Uluru, Watarrka National Park and Kings Canyon and the West MacDonnell Ranges.
We recommend joining us on one of our amazing Ayers Rock Tours as we include a professional driver, accommodation and sightseeing saving you the hassle of transport and arranging everything yourself.
Another way to experience Australia’s Red Centre in comfort and luxury is on The Ghan, a legendary rail journey from Adelaide to Darwin which stops at Alice Springs and offers a side journey by coach to Uluru.