WHY HOLIDAY IN ULURU?
Uluru is not only a stunning sight — it’s also a sacred place to Australia’s Aboriginal people. Steep rockface towering over vast lands, there’s simply no geological feature like it anywhere in the world.
MY TRAVEL TIPS
To enter the park you’ll need to purchase tickets – you can do this at the entrance itself but I’d recommend pre-purchasing to save time. This is particularly important in the morning as you’ll likely be met by a line of cars waiting to enter the park. As such, I’d recommend arriving a little before the park opens to ensure that you are able to experience a full sunrise.
Within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park there is an official sunrise and sunset spot. To avoid the crowds and get the best unobstructed viewing spot and take brilliant pics, head past the sign ‘Palya’ (one of the signs that share history of the land found at the official spot). Depending on the time of year and the time of month that you travel to Uluru, you’ll have around 1-1.5 hours between sunrise and the opening and sunset and the closing of the park itself. Be sure to check the exact times for when you plan to travel.
If you’re looking for a meal or a drink inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, head to the community-owned Ininti Cafe at the Cultural Centre
Out of respect for local tradition, climbing the rock is now prohibited.
I recommend three or four days to really uncover Uluru, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Kings Canyon.
MY FAVOURITE ULURU HIGHLIGHTS
Watching the sun set over Uluru in a tranquil a spot at the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku sand dunes – I even got to enjoy a glass of wine while doing so.
A fascinating stroll along the Mala Walk to the Kantju Gorge and visiting the Mutitjulu Waterhole
Experiencing the field of light. A simply incredible evening experience of 50,000 spindles of light illuminated at dusk – it’s truly a spectacular sight. Aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara you’ll get to wander through a fantasy garden of light stems swaying through a spectrum of desert colours. Book early!
BEST TIME TO GO
May and September - the temperatures are cooler.