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Five Incredible Things to Do When you Travel to Uluru
Uluru is an absolutely breathtaking Australian icon.
Set amongst some of the most enthralling scenery in the world, Uluru is an internationally recognised and extremely popular attraction.
The immense red sandstone formation is the largest monolith on Earth. It’s awesome size and stillness inspired generations of the Pitjantjatjara Anangu (the indigenous tribe of the area). It was and still is the centrepiece of their culture.
Since the discovery of the astounding monolith by surveyors in 1873, countless Australians and international visitors have made plans to travel to Uluru – and when you arrive at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the heart of the red centre you’ll see why.
Here are five amazing activities you can’t miss when you travel to Uluru:
Sunrise and Sunset
The golden hour at Uluru is a photographer’s dreamscape.
Watch as the light and shadows cast a gorgeous natural panorama over the desert scenery. There are many viewing platforms around the park which offer sweeping views which perfectly frame Uluru while the rock appears to change colour from a bright ochre to a deep crimson.
For a truly extravagant and memorable sunset experience, consider booking a table at one of the open-air restaurants in the park. Enjoy fine food while daylight fades and the sky transforms into a magical dark navy, peppered by the bright flecks of millions of stars.
The base of Uluru spans 10 kilometres and takes about three hours to walk at a leisurely pace, with plenty of opportunities to rest and take photos (there are some photographic restrictions along the way that must be obeyed).
The walking track winds around spectacular geological formations impressed into Uluru by thousands of years of natural weathering, as well as ancient rock art left by the indigenous people of the area.
At the climax of the journey you may enter a small cavern which is decorated by more remarkable paintings made by Uluru’s original inhabitants. Afterwards, visit the cultural centre located in the National Park to find out more about the culture of the Anangu people who have lived around Uluru for hundreds of generations.
Visit Kata-Tjuta (“The Olgas”)
Just a 45 minute drive away from Uluru lies another absolutely spectacular red centre destination. Known in Anangu as “Kata-Tjuta” (which means “many heads”), “The Olgas” became widely known in 1872, when explorer Ernest Giles named the tallest peak of these impressive domed rock formations “Mount Olga” after Queen Olga of Württemberg.
Here, unspoiled red sand dunes border a stunning site which spans 21 square kilometres of gorgeous scenery.
The Valley of The Winds walk meanders through nearly eight kilometres of the sandstone boulder formations, offering a moderately challenging trek in places and unparalleled views over the national park.
Visit Kings Canyon
A little further from Uluru lies Kings Canyon, made most famous for its appearance in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Kings Canyon is the perfect day trip from Uluru, offering breathtaking views from the renowned Rim Track, which winds through lush gorges and soaring rock formations – perfect for photography and adventurers.
Kings Canyon is a three and a half hour drive from Uluru, but is well worth the visit.
Book an Adventure Tour
If walking isn’t always a favoured priority, consider booking a Harley Tour or camelback expedition.
These can be booked during your stay in the park. For an absolutely unforgettable view, helicopter tours are also available for those wanting the platinum vantage point for a photo.
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