Discover The Unmissable Uluru Sights

Discover The Unmissable Uluru Sights

For as long as I have been living in Australia, I remember wanting to go to Uluru or Ayers Rock as it used to be known. The infinite space, the sheer magic of the colours, the fascinating wildlife and the eerie presence of the rock were a reason to daydream an adventure. Uluru is a truly unique destination and never fails to amaze its guests. The unmissable Uluru sights are many and here are those who moved me the most. Also, read about my trip to Kings Canyon, beyond Uluru.

As one of Australia’s most recognisable natural landmark, Uluru is a large sandstone formation. Whilst most of its bulk actually lies underground, Uluru stands at 348m high and has a circumference of 9.4 km. Also, it is of great cultural significance to the Anangu people, traditional custodians of the land.

Uluru is known for its variations in colour throughout the day, especially its deep red tinge at sunrise and sunset.

First Contact

The first contact with Uluru, either by plane or car, doesn’t fail to be spectacular. The rock appears, isolated in endless space, majestic and imposing. As you get closer, its shape and texture become more defined, and the colour intensifies. It is a grandiose sight, to observe and study peacefully, taking in this inanimate object as if it were alive.

The first of the Uluru sights is from an airplane
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Uluru Sights: Yulara and Ayers Rock Resort

The tourist facilities at Ayers Rock Resort are, in my view, remarkably well organised. A relatively short distance from the airport, the resort offers a broad range of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from camping to family-style apartments and luxury hotels. There are plenty of dining options as well. The resort also offers essential facilities such as a supermarket, post office, health centre and shops.

Uluru is best visited by car, it’s great to have the ability to get around freely. However, if you do not wish to drive, there are plenty of tour options. Whilst the roads are very good, driving can be a hazard because of the plentiful wildlife. It is recommended to be especially cautious at dawn and dusk.

Take a drive to see the best Uluru sights
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Uluru Sunrise Lookout: Talinguru Nyakuntjaku

Ayers Rock, as it used to be known, is most notable for its changes in colour throughout the day. Especially spectacular is its deep red colour at sunrise and sunset, so it makes sense to get up early and visit the Uluru Sunrise Lookout. Besides, it might be the only chance you get to enjoy a little fresh air during your visit…

The Uluru Sunrise Lookout is located within the National Park. You will need to get a park pass upon entry ($25 per adult), which will give you access to Uluru and Kata Tjuta for a period of 3 days.

The rock is the most majestic Uluru sight
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At Talinguru Nyakuntjaku, you have the choice between various shelters and viewing platforms in order to capture various views of the rock.

Uluru Sights: The Base Walk

The Uluru Base Walk is probably the best way to appreciate the cultural and natural beauty of the place, with opportunities to catch sights of wildlife and beautiful flora. The full circuit is 10.6 km and takes about 3.5 hrs. Be mindful of the heat, walking over 10 km in 40 degrees can be very demanding so don’t hesitate to take shorter walks.

Don't forget to visit the base of the rock for some great Uluru sights
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Mala Walk to Kantju Gorge

This is a shorter walk if time is of the essence.

2 km return, 1.5 Hrs

Kuniya Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole

1 km return, 30-45 mn

These short walks will give you a very idea of the surroundings and you will have the opportunity to get close to the rock.

The Kuniya Walk is one of the best way to see the Uluru sights
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The Cultural Centre

Don’t miss a stop by the Cultural Centre, to learn about the history and cultural significance of Uluru to its traditional custodians, the Anangu people.

Uluru Sights: Kata Tjuta

Also known as the Olgas, Kata Tjuta is the other spectacular sight within the National Park, some 50 km away from the resort. Kata Tjuta is a conglomerate of cobbles and boulders of different rock types, including granite and basalt, cemented by a matrix of sandstone. Peaking at 1,006 m (Mount Olga) this rock formation is a very different sight than Uluru but nevertheless spectacular.

Kata Tjuta is an unmissable Uluru sight
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Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing

This is definitely worth a stop for sunrise or sunset, to view the Olgas shine in that spectacular red.

600 m return, 30 to 45 mn

Viewing Kata Tjuta from the dune is an extraordinary Uluru sight
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Valley of the Winds

There are various options for this walk, best done early in the morning, ranging from 2.2 km (1 hr) to 7.4 km (4 hr) for the full circuit. This walk closes if the temperature reaches above 36 degrees.

Take a walk down the Valley of the Winds to complete your Uluru sights
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Walpa Gorge

2.2 km return, 1 hr

Sounds of Silence Dinner

Uluru is such an amazing place, it is only right to indulge a little. There is plenty of luxury accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort and even a spa, but there is a unique experience not to be missed. The Sounds of Silence Dinner is a unique opportunity to spend an evening dining under the sparkling outback sky. A bus picked us up from our hotel and drove to a secluded location. The experience begins with canapés and sparkling wine on a viewing platform offering stunning visions of Uluru at dusk, with the sounds of a didgeridoo. I felt a sense of privilege enjoying a glass of bubbly with those beautiful views.

A complete collection of Uluru sights includes the Sounds of Silence dinner
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The “dining room” is set a few paces away, amongst native grass trees and red soil. Complete with white tablecloths and candles, it almost feels like an upmarket dining room. As night fell, we socialised and relaxed. The food is very decent, considering it is served in the middle of the desert. When darkness descends on the land, the stars and constellations appear in the sky and that’s an amazing experience. The Milky Way is clearly discernible and the host delivers a talk about the night sky. Knowledge of astronomy is not a prerequisite to enjoy the night sky. The Sounds of Silence Dinner is a great combination of exotic dining and star gazing in the best place possible.

Stargazing Tour

I did a stargazing tour on my first visit to Uluru, it was a long time ago and I don’t remember the name of the company but it was a really nice experience. Outside of attending the Sound of Silence dinner, this is definitely worth doing and will provide a detailed explanation of the skies above.

My Bucket list

I haven’t seen everything there is to see at Uluru and I hope I get to go back sometime. Here is my bucket list:

Camel Tours

Camels are not native to Australia but they have become an essential part of the Red Centre. I would definitely try camel tours to experience a non-motorised and unique way of seeing the unmissable sights of Uluru.

Motorcycle Tours

The unmissable sights of Uluru definitely have a dramatic feel and what could be better than riding in the sunset on a powerful machine? The motorcycle tours seem like a great option.

Parks Australia has a great PDF document with all the information you need to plan your trip. Download it here.

Do you have experiences to share about Uluru? What was your unmissable sight?

Uluru is one of Australia\'s most iconic and spectacular destinations. Take a road trip across the desert, discover Kata Tjuta and travel in a unique environment.

14 Comments

  1. Cw

    May 30, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for this! We wil definitely put this in our bucket list. I myself travel to OZ but not my hubby and lil one. Awesooome

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Hey there, Uluru is probably the most spectacular sight in the whole of Australia, I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Jessica Nemire

    May 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve never heard of Uluru, and now I want to go! Stunning photos!

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Jessica, Uluru is the Indigenous name for Ayers Rock. It’s an amazing place, full of mystery, I highly recommend it!

  3. Lisa Newman-Morris

    May 30, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    As an Aussie, this is one place I’ve never been yet!

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Oh Lisa, you must go, it’s an amazing place!

  4. onelazychic

    May 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Australia is so close in my heart. Been studying and working there for few years but yet I have never been to Uluru. This would definitely in my bucket travel list since I visit Australia every year. Oh btw, I checked out Sounds of Silence and you definitely living your dream. Would love to visit this place for dinner as well. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Delphine

      May 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Uluru is a truly unique sight. Understandably, it is quite touristy but there is a great respect for the environment and the local indigenous culture. I strongly recommend a visit if you get a chance, you won’t regret it!

  5. Millie

    July 19, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Such an amazing site I hope to one day visit! thank you for sharing!

    1. Delphine

      July 19, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Hi Millie, thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you get a chance to visit Australia someday, it’s an amazing destination.

  6. Jane Dempster-Smith

    February 1, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    We still not have visited Uluru. There is so much to see and do there. My dream is to attend the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Thanks for the information you have provided.

    1. Delphine

      February 1, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Jane, the Sounds of Silence dinner is a really nice experience, it’s so beautiful seeing the rock changing colours as the light dims… I’m sure you will find some time in your busy travel schedule to fit it in!

  7. Amanda

    February 16, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Wow, that view from the air is absolutely stunning! This is definitely a thing on my bucket list, what an amazing place!

    1. Delphine

      February 16, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Amanda, there is nowhere quite like Uluru. It’s fantastic to fly over it on a sunny day, the view is indeed amazing!

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