Travel guide to Uluru, NT

Travel guide to Uluru/Ayers Rock, NT

The first glimpse of Uluru is breathtaking, one of Australia’s most iconic natural attractions rising in front of you in all its rust-coloured glory.

Situated in the south-west corner of the Northern Territory, a visit to Uluru is a unique and spectacular experience.

Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the local Anangu people and gain an understanding of the importance of seasons and elements of nature.

The vivid colours of the earth teamed with the soft greys, greens and yellows of the vegetation contrast against the ever-changing sky and make for a movie reel of stunning scenes.

The convenience of staying of the doorstep of the world’s most famous monolith, with activities and amenities at your fingertips, adds to the ultimate red centre adventure.

A perfect destination for a mini break or a longer exploration, a visit to Uluru has much to offer every type of traveller.

Uluru Segway Tours

Things to do at Uluru/Ayers Rock

Uluru Segway Tours

Take a ride around the base of Uluru on a Segway. This half-day tour begins just before sunrise and includes a light breakfast before a safety briefing and training session on the Segway.

As you cruise safely around the base of ‘the rock’, the informative guide provides insight into the cultural and geological history of the site.

There are numerous stops for photographs and drink breaks. All you need is a sense of adventure, a little balance and off you go.

Uluru Segway Tours: Kuniya carpark at Uluru

Field of Light, Uluru
Field of Light, Uluru
Field of Light, Uluru

Field of Light

As the sun goes down, one of the most spectacular light installations can be seen in the foreground of Uluru.

In 2016, British artist Bruce Munro installed 50,000 solar lights in this colourful display reflecting the desert bursting into bloom. Originally, the installation was temporary but has been extended until 2027.

The Field of Lights Star Pass is a must-do and includes canapes and a welcome beverage (or two) on a sand dune overlooking the field.

Uluru fades into darkness as the sun goes down and the field beings to glow. Visitors are then invited to walk down the sand dune and into the field to enjoy the lights from ground level along designated walking paths. Transfers to and from the resort are included in the ticket price.

Field of Light: 177 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT

Watch sunrise or sunset over Uluru
Kata Tjuta

Watch sunrise or sunset over Uluru

Take an organised tour or self-drive into the dedicated viewing areas to experience one of the most breathtaking, natural experiences in Australia.

Uluru wakes in the early morning light, where hues of dark purple to red and ochre emerge. In the evening as the sun dips below the horizon, ‘the rock’ glows orange then fades to deep maroon and brown.

There are some great tour options to experience both times of day with various inclusions.

It is important to note that all visitors require a Parks pass to gain access to the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park which offers access to lookouts, walking trails, the visitor centre, and viewing platforms.

There is no stopping on the roadsides in the park, so visitors are encouraged to use the designated viewing areas to soak up the scenery.

Gecko's Cafe burger
Gecko's cafe salad

Places to eat and drink at Uluru/Ayers Rock

Geckos Cafe

Geckos Cafe is situated in the town square precinct and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The menu is simple and offers diners substantial meals in a casual setting. Seating is available inside and out, and there is a bar serving drinks to accompany lunch or dinner.

Geckos Cafe: 1/127 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT

Walpa Lobby Bar

Walpa Lobby Bar

Positioned in the centre of the Sails in the Desert resort, this bustling lobby bar is open for light lunches and bar snacks in the evening.

Choose from a menu of Australian wine and beer, and cocktails featuring local ingredients.

Walpa Lobby Bar is ideal for a light refreshment before heading out to see the sunset or on return to celebrate and reflect on the stunning scenery and unique experiences.

Walpa Lobby Bar: Sails in the Desert, 2/163 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT

The Lost Camel Resort
The Lost Camel Resort
The Lost Camel Resort

Places to stay at Uluru/Ayers Rock

Voyages Ayers Rock Resort offers a selection of accommodation options from camping to self-contained units, motel rooms and a 5-star resort.

The Lost Camel is a hotel-style option with direct access to a refreshing swimming pool and is right next to the town square retail and dining precinct.

Each room has comfortable beds (twin or queen), en-suite, air-conditioning, small refrigerator, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Getting to Uluru

Getting to Uluru/Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock Airport is situated just 6km from the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Coach transfers to the resort are included in accommodation costs and both Jetstar and Qantas fly direct.

Flights are also available to Alice Springs where you can hire a vehicle and drive 450km to Uluru.

Driving to Uluru from your home state is also possible but it is important to plan your route for drive times and petrol stops. Once you get to the Northern Territory from the south, take the Stuart Highway and then head west on the Lasseter Highway to take you to Uluru.

If you plan to drive to Uluru from overseas, ensure you have the necessary permits and documentation, including an International Drivers License, to comply with Australian regulations.

Danielle Phyland - writer - SHE DEFINED

Danielle Phyland

Danielle Phyland is an avid traveller and loves to explore all corners of the globe.

With a professional career in tourism and business development, she loves experiencing the hospitality of local businesses.

A casual crafter and passionate home cook, Danielle is based in the creative northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.