Paint your life red at Uluru

Known as the country’s spiritual centre, the ultimate trifecta of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon will leave memories that linger long after the red dust is washed away.

Start exploring this fascinating landscape with these 10 tips to get the most out of the star of the show, Uluru.

  1. Walk it
    See the majestic rock on one of the six walks around the base. Learn the story of the Mala (rufous har-wallaby people) on a free, ranger-guided, 2km return Mala Walk. Start the 10.6 km base walk from the Mala carpark and wander through the acacia woodlands and grassy claypans. You’ll see the snake-like grooves at the rock’s base, left when Kuniya journeyed to the Mutitjulu waterhole.
  2. Ride a camel
    Camels were the preferred method of transport by explorers of the red dunes around Uluru. You can do the same on a camel tour through the desert with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as a backdrop.
  3. Uluru first up
    An Uluru sunrise is something you will always remember. As the glowing orb of the sun gradually peeks out and starts its ascent into the sky, the rock comes alive with colour. This daily spectacle is worth every minute of the early start.
  4. Sunset show
    Find a quiet patch in paradise and settle in to watch an unforgettable show as Uluru turns from red to glowing orange and finally deep black. A rite of passage for many, this is one of the most popular ways to experience Uluru. Experience Uluru from dawn to dusk.
  5. Dine in the desert
    With your feet in the red sand and your eyes on the stars above, you can feast on a bush tucker-inspired menu in the heart of the Outback. The evening starts with dune top sunset viewing and finishes with a walk through the night sky with stops at the Southern Cross and the Milky Way.
  6. Eyes up
    Explore the night sky far from the haze of city lights, which makes for excellent viewing opportunities. You’ll learn how the ancients used the stars, see countless constellations and planets, the Milky Way and more on a guided journey through a stunning night landscape.
  7. Let it shine
    It’s Australia’s most spectacular outdoor show, illuminated with 50,000 frosted glass spheres. Field of Light is an art installation created by British artist Bruce Munro. The size of seven football fields, it is visible at night and now open until 31 December, 2020.
  8. Cycle circuit
    It only takes three hours to cycle around Uluru with bicycles hired from Outback Cycling’s stand at Uluru Kata-Tjuta Cultural Centre. Make sure you take plenty of water and load up with sunscreen, because you will be stopping constantly to take photos.
  9. Rock cruiser
    Fancy yourself on a Segway? Take the two-wheel challenge and join a fully-guided, 12km Segway base tour. You’ll get all the way around without even breaking out in a sweat and see all the colours of the rock up close and personal. Starting from sunrise, there are a variety of tours available.
  10. Discover the traditional story
    At the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre you will learn about two important ancestral beings – Kuniya, the woma python woman and Liru, the poisonous snake man. This building represents the Anangu people and includes displays about the natural environment, plants and animals and how Uluru was formed. Now you have fully experienced Uluru, take the time to explore Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon.

For more information visit Do the NT.