Top things to do in Uluru
From 26 October 2019 visitors to Australia’s Red Centre will no longer be able to climb Uluru, the iconic red rock in the middle of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
The decision to close the climb was made by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management due to safety and cultural sensitivities.
Until this date, current conditions for the climb remain in place, however, visitors are encouraged to respect the wishes of the park’s traditional owners, Anangu, by choosing not to climb it.
With more than 100 activities available in Uluru, there is something for everyone when experiencing the spiritual heartland of Australia.
Here are some other ways you can experience Uluru.
The Tali Wiru open-air fine dining experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which sells out every night. The evening begins with a quick off-road trip through the desert to a remote sand dune. On arrival guests are greeted by a candlelit pathway which leads to a stunning dining area overlooking Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta. Here guests can enjoy champagne and canapes as they watch the sun set before sitting for a four-course d’hôte menu under the stars with perfectly matched premium Australian wines. The menu features award-winning local bush tucker containing native ingredients and ancient Indigenous flavours using modern cooking techniques. During the dinner a storyteller shares tales of Indigenous culture and the southern night sky before the night ends with beverages around a campfire.
One of the best ways to get up and close to Uluru is to segway around it. Travel to the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park for a 12km guided tour around the full base of Uluru. Witness the awe-inspiring Mutitjulu Waterhole, sacred meeting areas, natural fauna and flora and wildlife.
As you get closer to Uluru you’ll notice the unique details and textures which you wouldn’t see from a distance. Tour guides will point out the best photo opportunities while keeping sacred and sensitive sites private. Uluru by Segway is truly a unique experience and a great way to learn more about the Anangu culture.
What better way to explore the desert than on the back of a camel. Travel to the Uluru Camel Farm and be paired with a fury companion for the afternoon. Hope aboard your camel and ride in a convoy through the desert overlooking Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the distance. Along the way, soak up the contrasting colours of the rich red dirt beside the bright blue sky. Listen to your cameleer guides as they describe the unique flora and fauna while throwing in some funny camel facts.
Sip champagne and indulge on delicate canapes as you watch the sun set over Uluru from a large entertainment deck in the middle of the desert. As the night sky builds, so too does the 50,000 spindles of light from Australia’s most spectacular outdoor shows, Field of Light. The Field of Light is an art installation about the size of seven football fields which was created by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The art installation represents what Munro felt when he saw Uluru for the first time. This exhibition has been extended to 31 December 2020.
One of the great natural wonders of the world, Uluru is an iconic destination not to be missed. Packaged holidays, self-drive adventures, rail packages and escorted tours are just some ways to discover the spectacular beauty, spiritual connections and ancient history of the region. Call RACQ Travel on 1300 188 713.
Images by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.