Rising up out of the Central Australian desert, the iconic Uluru – or Ayers Rock – is a massive sandstone monolith that has attracted countless visitors, photographers, nature-lovers, and hikers for decades.

But in less than a year, tourists will no longer be able to climb the sacred rock.

Following a vote by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management, Uluru will be permanently closed to climbers from October 26, 2019, to respect the wishes of the local Anangu people to whom the rock is considered sacred.

Nevertheless, there are still plenty of fun and interesting activities and sites around the base of the rock that they are happy to share with visitors. Here are 5 of our favourite things to do in Australia’s Red Center.

1. Walk around the base

While climbing the rock is frowned upon, visitors are still encouraged to walk around its base.

Consider a guided walk, as you’ll get to learn about the important spiritual significance of Uluru – which is believed to be the birthplace of creation.

2. Take a loop of the rock on two wheels

If you’de prefer to circle the base on two wheels, you can hire a bike from Outback Cycling for a scenic 15 km loop of the rock.

For those that would prefer not to break a sweat at all, Uluru Segway Tours offers a guided experience like no other with stunning views of Uluru. The Segways are quiet and have wide tyres for low impact, making the journey around Uluru peaceful and environmentally friendly

3. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset

Sunsets and sunrises at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are especially beautiful and unique – since the sun’s rays hit the rock formations directly at that time of the day, making them appear to change colour.

The national park has five viewing areas dedicated to experiencing and photographing this beautiful scene.

4. Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Culture Centre

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for visitors to the park, as it offers information about activities and the park as well as an introduction into Anangu culture.

At the Centre, you can travel back to the beginning of time in the Tjukurpa Tunnel, an immersive experience that connects visitors with Anangu culture.

5. Join a Maruku Arts dot-painting workshop

Sit down with a local Anangu artist to create your very own work of Aboriginal-style art and to learn about ancient symbols, traditional tools for hunting and gathering, and more.

Maruku Arts is a not-for-profit art and craft corporation that has been 100% owned and operated by Anangu since 1984.

Getting there

Various airlines offer daily flights from London to Melbourne, where you can take a connecting flight to the Uluru Airport (Conellan Airport) situated near Yalara. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 60 days before departure, with afternoon flights from Heathrow offering the best prices on the route.

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Planning a trip to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, or do you have any suggestions we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.


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