Useful Tourist Information for Ayers Rock
Useful Tourist Information for Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock is undoubtedly Australia’s best-known natural feature and a one-of-a-kind attraction in the world – there isn’t another geological formation like it.
It is situated in a remote location but that doesn’t deter tourists who still visit year after year to witness this remarkable feature, especially at sunrise or sunset when the light appears to change the colour of the rock.
We have compiled some useful tourist information to help you get the most out of visiting Ayers Rock. Read below:
Ayers Rock is one of Australia’s most known attractions and there is so much information to source that it can be confusing for visitors to know who to book with, what to see and the considerations of travelling in this huge region.
Some great places to find resources and advice about Ayers Rock are:
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre: Lots of tourist information about activities and maps of the National Park. The Cultural Centre is open 7am-6pm daily, and the Information Desk is open 8am-12 noon and 1pm-5pm daily (Free entry). There are free cultural or nature presentations 10am weekdays. The Cultural Centre also has barbeques, picnic areas, toilets, food/drink/souvenirs/artwork for sale.
Free downloadable smartphone apps: 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.
Ayers Rock Resort Visitor Centre: Tourist centre located next to the Desert Gardens Hotel with information about Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
May to September are the busiest months to visit when the skies are clear and rainfall is at a minimum. Rain generally falls between October and March, and the region experiences amazing thunderstorms.
The climate can be harsh so you should be prepared for all seasons but generally the days can be warm to hot, and the nights cool to very cold. If you are travelling in warm months, especially the Australian summer, ensure that you are well-prepared with sun protection (hat, sun cream) and plenty of water to keep hydrated.
Visiting Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock is around 450 kilometres from Alice Springs and situated about 20 kilometres south of Yulara where you will find Ayers Rock Resort with accommodation, restaurants and other facilities.
A 9.4 kilometre (5.8 mile) track circles the base of Ayers Rock and tourists get the opportunity to see Aboriginal rock art, desert plants and animals and also the Mutitjulu Waterhole. The walking track is a well-marked flat dirt path with rest stops and information signs along the trail – it’s even suitable for baby strollers if families choose to visit. It takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete. Sometimes, sections of the base walk are closed during extreme heat.
There is a 1.6 kilometre (1 mile climb) steep climb up to the summit of Uluru however the route to the top follows a sacred religious track. Anangu, the traditional people, prefer visitors respect their site by choosing the trails around and near Uluru and not by climbing it.
Visiting Ayers Rock Resort
It’s vital to mention Ayers Rock Resort as this is where you will likely stay and/or stock up on supplies when you visit Ayers Rock. The resort is managed by Voyages, and is located in the town of Yulara, and acts as a base for tourists that come to see the attractions of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – predominantly, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).
Accommodation varies from campgrounds to luxury 5-star accommodation and there are lots of amazing activities to offer such as free indigenous workshops, and facilities such as restaurants, a fuel station, supermarket, post office and even a Spa if you feel like some luxurious body treatments!
The Resort may seem pricey for tourists on a well-considered budget, but you have to remember this is the nearest major supply town so food and other goods must be transported from elsewhere to service all the residents, workers and tourists.
Joining an arranged tour with Adventures Beyond means you know all your travel costs and what’s included upfront so you won’t get any additional surprises when you arrive at Ayers Rock.
Consider your budget and travel time
Ayers Rock is located in a remote location, and is an adventure that deserves a few days to absorb all the sights. If you opt to self-drive, you will need to plan carefully and consider the amount of time driving to get to the area (it takes around 5 hours driving just from Alice Springs!), facilities you need enroute and in the region (fuel stations, accommodation, supermarkets) and your budget. Visiting Ayers Rock is definitely not an option for a day trip from major cities like Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane – the distance is immense.
Booking with Adventures Beyond means you can join an inclusive tour that eliminates all the travel planning that you would do if you travel independently. What’s more, you’ll be meeting new people and sharing a great adventure with expert guides who can teach you about the hidden secrets of the area.
There are departures from Alice Springs, Adelaide and combinable tours from Darwin.