Visiting Uluru and the Australian Outback

Visiting Uluru and the Australian Outback

Wild and wonderful are the two words that best describe the expansive terrain that is the Australian Outback. Located in the Northern Territory, most visitors flock to this part of central Australia to see “The Rock” at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Read on for tips on traveling to Uluru and what to expect.

WHERE TO STAY

Visiting Uluru and the Australian OutbackVisiting Uluru and the Australian Outback

Ayers Rock Resort in the town of Yulara is the only resort near Uluru offering accommodations. There are options to suit the budget of every traveler and all reservations can be booked online.

Budget Accommodations ($)

Ayers Rock Camping Ground – a great choice for those who enjoy the outdoors with options including two bedroom cabins, powered and non-powered camping sites, and coach bays for larger groups.

Outback Pioneer Lodge – offers hostel style accommodations including twenty-bed female and male dorms and four-bed mixed sex dorms, both with shared bathroom facilities.

Mid-Range Accommodations ($$$)

Outback Pioneer Hotel – located within the same complex as the Outback Pioneer Lodge, the Hotel offers private rooms and bathrooms for guests.

Luxury Accommodations ($$$$)

Desert Gardens Hotel – this 4.5 star hotel boasts 218 guestrooms with free in-room WiFi, a swimming pool and some guestrooms that have direct views of Uluru.

Emu Walk Apartments – offers one and two bedroom self-contained apartments with separate living, dining and kitchen areas.

Sails in the Desert – this 5-star hotel has 228 rooms, an on-site spa, swimming pool and modern dining, lounge and bar options.

Longitude 131° – this luxurious “campsite” features fifteen elevated pavilions with direct views of Uluru, personalized service and an inclusive tariff that includes all dining, premium beverages and in-tent bar.

Tip: there is a free Resort shuttle bus that stops at all hotels, the campgrounds, the town square where there are shops, restaurants and a supermarket, and the Visitors Center.

WHAT TO DO

Visiting Uluru and the Australian OutbackVisiting Uluru and the Australian OutbackAyers Rock Resort partners with tour operators to offer visitors once in a lifetime experiences like helicopter tours and camel rides. Here are highlights of what to see and do at Uluru.

Uluru and Kata Tjuta – the main reason why people come to the Australian outback, these landmarks are not to be missed. Take a guided Uluru base walk and hike Kata Tjuta. The entry fee for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is AU$25 and is valid for 3 days.

Kings Canyon – located 3.5 hours from Uluru, visiting Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park is another excellent way to explore Australia’s rugged outback landscape. Visitors can opt to take the challenging rim walk on top of the canyon or a leisurly walk on the valley floor.

Field of Lights – this award-winning installation features 50,000 solar powered lights that illuminate the land surrounding Uluru.

Camel Tour – taking a sunrise or sunset camel tour in the Australian Outback is an unforgettable experience. Ayers Rock Resort has an on-site camel farm where guests can take a ride on a guided trail overlooking Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Tip: combine the sunset camel tour followed by the Field of Lights experience for a memorable evening.

GETTING AROUND

Visiting Uluru and the Australian OutbackVisiting Uluru and the Australian OutbackGuests staying at Ayers Rock Resort can request a complimentary coach transfer to and from the airport.

If you want to explore Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the surrounding area at your own pace, consider renting a car at the airport or at Ayers Rock Resort.

Budget travelers should consider booking a camping tour with The Rock Tour, Wayoutback or Intrepid. Each company operates its own tour bus and have itineraries that visit Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Airport: Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ)

Climate: The summer months are December, January and February. Visitors traveling during the summer should pack sunscreen and an insect head net to keep the desert flies away. The winter months are June, July and August. Pack warm layers if traveling during the winter.

Visiting Uluru and the Australian Outback

19 Comments

  1. May 4, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Great article! Glad I read it! I’m getting so excited for my trip now!

  2. May 6, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Fabulous! Would love to visit Ayers Rock.

  3. May 6, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Looking at visiting Uluru soon and this post has provide me with some great tips. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. May 6, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Wild and wonderful indeed! I would love to see the field of lights – it looks so magical! And I don’t think I could walk away from a camel:)

  5. May 7, 2017 / 8:29 am

    I’ve been to Australia twice, and have yet to make it out to Uluru. I love the idea of camping! Though I would want to be very diligent about checking my tent for creepy crawlies!

    • May 12, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Don’t let the creepy crawlies scare you away from camping. It was one of the highlights for me of being in the outback!

  6. May 7, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Good info on Uluru and surroundings! This Field of Lights is something new? I have been there in 2014 but never heard about this installation, it looks really beautiful!

    • May 12, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      The Field of Lights installation is new. It’s been so popular, it might be going on for another year.

  7. May 8, 2017 / 8:49 am

    Great information. I went here June last year and it was everything I hoped it would be and more! Thanks for the info 🙂

  8. May 8, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I’ve never been to Australia but I’m really wanting to go. Your photos are really amazing. I really must try to get there soon. It’s so huge and there’s so much to see and do that it’s a bit intimidating!

    • May 12, 2017 / 10:55 pm

      Thanks! There’s definitely a lot to see and do in Australia.

  9. May 8, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    A trip to the Australian outback sounds amazing! You left some really informational tips here!

  10. May 9, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Wow, what an incredible part of the world. Australia is high on my list but thanks for sharing Uluru with me. It wasn’t on my radar before. Great post, happy travels 🙂

  11. May 10, 2017 / 12:21 am

    Uluru is on my bucket list. It looks like such an amazing place. The list of accommodations is very helpful. Longitude 131 looks like a winner!

  12. May 18, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I cannot believe that these pictures were taken from a real place, Angelique! I hope I am visiting Uluru soon. 🙂

    • May 19, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Agness! Uluru was amazing and I hope you get a chance to travel there to experience it for yourself!

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