Uluru, Ayers Rocks, The Red Rock – whatever you choose to call it, you can’t deny its status as one of the most iconic symbols of Australia.
Rising up from seemingly nowhere, Uluru is a sandstone rock formation standing 348m tall with a round base of 9.4km. Situated in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory, the nearest town to Uluru is Alice Springs, a quintessential outback town with few shops and accommodation options to cater for the visitors and few locals. Despite being situated in one of the most desolate areas in the country, the Northern Territory, it has remained a consistent tourist attraction for years. As a result, there are many tour companies and activities available around Uluru.
While you can no longer walk to the top, you can travel around the base of Uluru by walking, cycling, quad biking or motorcycling. It’s also very popular to view its changing colours during sunrise and sunset, or, if you want a different perspective, there are scenic flights available.
It’s now easier than ever to get to Uluru; tour companies travel from the Northern Territory capital of Darwin, and you can fly into Alice Springs airport from Cairns in Queensland and Adelaide in South Australia. You can then take the Uluru Express shuttle service between Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), another outstanding NT attraction.