When it comes to Australian icons, Uluru is about as iconic and Australian as it gets. This legendary, awe inspiring red rock rising out of the barren Outback isn’t just a gob smacking sight. Uluru holds incredible importance to Aboriginal people, which is why from October 2019 the controversial climbing of Uluru will be banned for good. But don’t despair! There are so many other, more respectful, ways of appreciating this Aussie beauty which are way more enjoyable than hauling yourself up the rock face.
Get your pins working and cover twice the distance in half the time on a trusty bike. You’ll be doing your bit for the environment, your waist line, and what’s better than the wind in your hair when you’ve been roasting in the desert sunshine?
Hit up Outback Cycling located next to the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Cultural Centre and hire some wheels to explore Uluru’s base and trails. A complete lap of the rock comes in at just over 10km, but any distance will reward you with epic views and an unforgettable experience.
Ride a camel
This is an absolute desert classic.
The Outback isn’t short on camels and these majestic, if moody, animals are perfectly suited to the desert environment. Camels were vital to early explorers of this part of Australia and you’ll feel like one yourself as you crest a sand dune on your very own “ship of the desert”.
The good folks down at Uluru Camel Tours head out at sunrise while the weather is cool and the crowds are minimal. Chow down on their home made beer bread and jams to top off a classic experience.
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For the ultimate adrenaline rush, you can’t beat falling out of the sky at terminal velocity. Skydiving over Uluru isn’t cheap but it’s guaranteed to get your pulse racing and provide a bird’s eye view of this epic monolith.
Skydive Uluru have an impeccable record for safety and are the only operator in the area, so you’ll be in good hands. Get your cheeks flapping in the wind with the best of them.
Hike the base, and get inside the rock
There are numerous, well guided hiking trails around the base of Uluru, including some that lead inside the rock itself. The base walk comes in at 10.6km and takes just under 4 hours to complete, depending on how long you stop to stare at the ancient rock art along the way, which others run to 4.5km or less. But all are well worth the effort and are the most peaceful way of experiencing the big red rock. The Kuniya Walk guides visitors to the Mutitjulu waterhole after rains have fallen, giving a completely different perspective of Uluru.
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Field of Light
British artist Bruce Munro, has created a light art installation like nothing else you’ve experienced before.
Known locally as Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku, meaning ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’, Bruce has created a seemingly never ending sea of 50,000 solar lights spread out across a spectrum of colours, with Uluru as its scene stealing backdrop.
The installation will run until December 2020 so book your trip before the lights go out.
So, in short, who needs to climb Uluru. There are so many other ways to experience the place which will leave you with unforgettable experiences of this awe inspiring natural wonder. Whether you bike it, hike it, or dive it, you’ll never forget your time here.