Uluru

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Uluru

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With its vast scale and incredible colours, it is easy to see why this famous rock, known as the Red Heart of Australia, holds a sacred place in indigenous culture.

Rising from the desert in the Northern Territory, the red sandstone monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) has been a place of great spiritual importance to the Anangu Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Be awed by the sight of the rock changing colours at sunset, its deep crevices turning from bright orange to an intense purple hue.

The best way to experience Uluru and get an insight into its cultural importance is with an indigenous guide. The Anangu people believe Uluru was one of the very first features created by the 10 spirit ancestors of the Aboriginal people as they traversed the land.

Learn about Uluru’s spiritual value, hear Dreamtime creation stories and discover the cultural traditions and food-gathering practices of the Anangu people on a guided walking tour. Learn dot painting from local indigenous artists in the nearby town of Yulara.

Take a sunrise trek around the base of the rock on the 10-kilometre (6-mile) trail through ghost gums and spinifex grass. This is the best time to spot the abundant birdlife, from honeyeaters and cockatoos to blue fairy wrens and little finches.

Pack your camera for sunset photography of the 350-metre (1,150-foot) high monolith and enjoy dinner, drinks and storytelling beneath the stars on one of the many evening tours on offer.

You can also take a scenic helicopter flight over the rock to see the incredible vastness of the Red Heart of Australia or brave the sights in freefall on a tandem skydive jump.

While Uluru can be climbed, the Aboriginal owners ask that you do not as this is a sacred site. Always pack plenty of water, sunscreen and food on outings to the rock. Visit between the dry months of April and May when the temperatures are cooler.

Uluru is located within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, about 5-hours’ drive from Alice Springs. Hotels and dining options can be found in Yulara.

Top Hotels Close to Uluru

Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
3.5 out of 5
2 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Yulara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Popular attraction Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located ...
3.5/5 Good! (203 reviews)
Comfortable Budget
"A good, basic room, with facilities for eating, bar, eating, very accommodating shuttle service and grocery store, with helpful, courteous residence staff, and easy to book trips to Uluru and Kata Tjata. I would definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2015

Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
Desert Gardens Hotel
Desert Gardens Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Yulara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attraction Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable rooms. Large pool. Good food in restaurant although the service can be slow. Overall, great experience."

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2022

Desert Gardens Hotel
Emu Walk Apartments
Emu Walk Apartments
4 out of 5
Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Yulara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a restaurant. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (577 reviews)
"Room is very clean and wide"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

Emu Walk Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Uluru

Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
3.5 out of 5
2 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
Desert Gardens Hotel
Desert Gardens Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
Desert Gardens Hotel
Emu Walk Apartments
Emu Walk Apartments
4 out of 5
Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
Emu Walk Apartments
Longitude 131
Longitude 131
4 out of 5
Yulara Dr, Yulara, NT, 0872
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The Lost Camel
The Lost Camel
3 out of 5
Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
The Lost Camel
Ayers Rock Campground
Ayers Rock Campground
3.5 out of 5
Yulara Drive, 173, Yulara, NT, 0872
Ayers Rock Campground
Sails In The Desert
Sails In The Desert
3.5 out of 5
163 Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT, 0872
Sails In The Desert
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.