Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Travel Guide

  • Ayers Rock-Stunning
    Ayers Rock-Stunning
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  • Starting Back to Valley of the Winds Trailhead
    Starting Back to Valley of the Winds...
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  • Kuniya Walk - Trail to Hunters' Cave
    Kuniya Walk - Trail to Hunters' Cave
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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Things to Do

  • Base walk 2

    I set out anticlockwise on the loop, hoping to catch some post dawn light at the far end. It was difficult early in the pre-dawn, a soft light offering little in the way of colour, but I plunged on, rounding the first of several “no photos” areas before, mercifully, the sun’s rays kissed parts of Uluru. That was also the signal for the tourist...

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  • The base walk

    THE ICONThe Great Barrier Reef and Uluru; ask any tourist and, apart from Sydney, this is why they come to Australia. It’s always amazed me because they are so far apart yet still they come. I don’t see the airplanes but the campervans are there in multitudes. Names like Maui, Apollo, Britz, Jucy and Wicked will flash by your eyes with monotonous...

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  • Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Overview

    Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is the newest destination in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It was just opened in late 2009 at a cost of 21 million AUD. Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is a large viewing area located about 3 km southeast of Uluru. Although it is advertised as a sunrise viewing area, this is controversial, since Uluru is mostly in shadows from this...

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Hotels

Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Restaurants

  • Tali Bar - small menu but great venue &...

    This is a well-priced really pleasant cafe/bar where we had dinner one night. It is in the Voyages/Sails hotel area and is accessible for all visitors to Yulara.We were very pleasantly surprised that we could get a meal for under $20. This is a well kept secret I think as we found no reviews on the Tali Bar meals prior to our trip. In the afternoon...

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  • Another "Survivor" Meal

    After an amazing day in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we headed back to our campsite in the Ayers Rock Campground. It was time for another "survivor" meal. Rosie and Deb made a rissoto with spicy sausage and vegetables. Dessert was apple pie with custard. It was yet another delicious meal on the 2010 VT Survivor Camp.

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  • Great meal

    Within the Ayers Rock Resort complex, this restaurant is located at the Outback Pioneer. It offers a buffer selection of traditional Australian 'tucker' which includes some delicious breads, meats, pastries and desserts. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Because of the buffet arrangements, it is possible to try some of the Australian meats...

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Nightlife

  • Get some wood at/for Uluru

    I wonder how many porn surfers I drew in with my nightlife tip title? :)Well, this is a family tip, but it does involve getting all heated up. It can get quite cold in the evening at Uluru, especially in the winter. We visited in June of 2005, and it was below freezing at night. Almost all of the camping outfits will stop along the way TO the park,...

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  • Head to the Outback

    If you are going to be out in Uluru and you are not the type that needs to sleep to actually enjoy the tours by day, then i would definitely recommend stopping into the Outback Pioneer Bar and Bottle Shop for an evening night capper. Sarah and I are not huge partiers, as we are trying deeply to see the whole world, and this is tough to do when you...

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  • Things to do at night

    A long walk to a place where you can have a nice view of sunset, the light of the sun change reflect on the rock will change the color from brown to red, then from red to blue then turns purple before it get dark.

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Transportation

  • Born to be Wild!

    One less conventional way of travelling around is by motorcycle. The view you get is simply breathtaking. Having the benefit of 360 degree vision somehow makes an amazing difference. The cool breeze counteracts the heat just nicely too. I had entered the National Park some 500 times before first going in on a bike during the time that I lived...

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  • Uluru Express

    This shuttle service is the ideal way for those guests at the Ayers Rock Resort without their own transportation to get around the park and to Uluru and Kata Tjuta.A variety of ticketing options are available to make the best use of their services during your stay within the Ayers Rock Resort.

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  • Outback Australia

    This is a great website for people traveling by car. excelent tips and advice and even a free e-book to help you plan.http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/9day-round-trip-drive-melbourne-to-uluruayers-rock.html

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Shopping

  • Great souvenirs

    If you're looking to shop for souvenirs at the Ayers Rock Resort, then this is the shop for you!It offers a great selection of souvenirs and gifts from the area and at very reasonable prices. Souvenirs, gifts, postcards, etc. Some of the best prices at Ayers Rock Resort.

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  • Better manners from fat lady at info...

    Cultural center at Ayers Rock. Very pleasant place to visit and plenty of information for self learning. The Center is excellant. The fat lady behind the counter wasw the rudest person we had encountered the whole time we were in Alice and the Yulara Resort. My wife asked her for the reasons the climb was closed { we did not want to climb,but we...

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  • Uluru Walker's Certificate

    Other people probably think this is corny and wouldn't waste their time, but there is an "Uluru Walker's Certificate" that you can purchase from the Cultural Centre as a small momento of your trip (it was less than $2 AUD if I remember correctly). It has a picture of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and you just fill in your name and check off the...

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Local Customs

  • Tjukurpa

    The concept of Tjukurpa is complex. It embodies the principles of religion, philosophy and human behaviour that are to be observed in order for people to live harmoniously with each other and the land. The fundamental principle of Tjukurpa is that people and the landscape are inextricably one. Tjukurpa is also the creation period when ancestral...

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  • Enjoy an ancient Art Gallery

    Sarah and I enjoyed the cultural walk around the base of Uluru, and one of the most interesting views was in the cave structures where there were paintings that could be as old as 20,000 years (this is based on the fact that some of the drawings have been tested to have no carbon life of their own as it had been absorbed by the rock itself). One of...

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  • Nganana Tatintja Wiya - "We Never Climb"

    Uluru is very sacred to the Anangu people. Although it is open for everyone to climb, they ask that out of understanding and education you do not climb the rock and respect their culture and religion.The Aboriginal people themselves do not climb the rock, and feel terrible when people get injured as visitors to their land.

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Warnings and Dangers

  • BE CAREFUL WHILE HIKING HERE..

    ULURU AND KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK. ..Take extra care when walking and hiking in this park...make sure that you have good comfortable shoes or hiking boots...make sure that you are always with someone..and always be careful climbing on these loose rocks as a fall or a twisted or broken ankle out here is a disaster..this is a REMOTE area...and most...

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  • Get to the Rock Early...

    If you are a serious photographer, or just want to enjoy a good position where people are not constantly walking in front of you for the sunrise or sunset, then I would highly recommend getting to the Uluru viewing stations early!! As you can see in the picture, there are plenty of people that are there 30 minutes before the daylight even totally...

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  • To climb or not to Climb....

    Well, let me give you the full story from both sides, so you can make your decision.1 - It is not illegal or immoral to climb to the top of Uluru. Even the Aboriginal people do not forbid it, they just ask politely for you not to.2 - The reason the Aboriginal people ask you not to climb is not because it is a sacred site per se, it is just that...

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Tourist Traps

  • Adventure Tours Australia The Red Centre

    We booked the 2 night "Just the Centre" Adventure Tours excursion. Had been really looking forward to it. But unfortunately from the start it was disastrous. First of all when we confirmed our places 24hours in advance, we were told incorrect meeting times which caused delays to the trip. Secondly, when we arrived at the campsite at Kings Canyon it...

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  • The whole place is a tourist trap

    It has to be seen and i don't regret going. In fact, i'll go back and see some of the things i missed out on. BUT------------its a big tourist trap. Firstly, You're stuck with accomodation at the Voyages resort.In fairness they do offer different categories and rates . But, theres no justification for $180 -$200 per person per night for a motel...

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  • Ayer's Rock resort - synonym of tourist...

    This fabulously priced resort is the embodiment of a tourist trap. It is frequented by tourists only so there is no doubt that they are trapped. Once there you have to eat in the company’s restaurants, sleep in their lodging and shop in their stores. Everything belongs to the same company and it is a white owned business despite the fact that they...

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) What to Pack

  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF WATER OUT HERE

    I ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL BACK PACK FOR ALL THE NECCESARIESCARRY 2 LARGE BOTTLES OF FRESH WATER IS A MUST GOOD RELIABLE WALKING BOOTS/SHOESI ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL ROLLED UP PONCHO POCKETSIZE..TO COVER SELF AND B/PACKA GOOD WIDE BRIMMED HAT FOR THE SUNA GOOD PAIR OF SUNGLASSES A GOOD SUNBURN CREAM PROTECTIONA SMALL PACK OF MOISTURISED FACE...

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  • Water

    Wear closed toe shoes. We saw a very poisonous blue backed spider. I know they have fixes for all of the potential spider bites, but I personally wouldnt take a chance. Hike in fully covered feet. If you only drink spring water, definitely buy it in the big city and bring it to the outback. Its much cheaper that way!

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  • Remember that Hat!

    Due to the nice warm weather and because of its proximity to the hole in the ozone layer, Australians require you to wear a hat at all times. Just kidiing, it is not a requirement to wear one, but it would definitely be in your best interest to bring one along. Although I packed mine, Sarah forgot hers and could not find an acceptable one in the...

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Off The Beaten Path

  • Kata Tjuta Lookout #2 - Valley of the...

    One of the options you have when you are touring the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is to take a walk through the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). The first portion of the bushwalk is about a 30 minute walk to a summit where you can take a nice picture or two of the rest of the 38 domes that make up the Olgas. The option is then there to head down the trail...

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  • Watarrka National Park

    Watarrka National Park is 330 km southwest of Alice Springs and not too far from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It contains King's Canyon and a swimming hole called the Garden of Eden, surrounded by palms. There is an 8km walk that can be trekked through the park. It is a strenuous walk.

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  • SOUNDS of SILENCE DINNER

    As the folder says, "Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky."It is no exaggerated promise: after a 30 minutes drive you come to a sand dune in the outback amid pinifex bushes .A path takes you to a 360° view of the whole scenery; infront Uluru;...

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Sports & Outdoors

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    by ATXtraveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are an intermediate to advanced hiker, than the Valley of the Winds located at the Kata Tjuta National Park is one of the top sporting adventures to take on here at this location. The hike is pretty simple at the start, but then includes some advanced hiking up the side of a rock wall, and plenty of climbing through the canyon. Make sure you bring plenty of water, although there are a couple emergency water refill stations located in the canyon itself.

    On the hike, you will likely see plenty of birds, lizards, and maybe a Australian marsupial or two!

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Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Favorites

  • Kata Tjuta 2

    Kata Tjuta means many heads and the peak that sits beside you as you start out on the trail has no apparent name and is 40 metres lower than Mount Olga. The walk is a rubber necker’s delight; you have to keep gazing aloft in awe as the scenery sweeps you up in its grasp and then you crest the first small rise and tempting glimpses of others come...

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  • A reason to go

    I have to admit here to a bias. I really wasn't visiting the area to see Uluru, though obviously it was on my agenda; no, Kata Tjuta was my goal. Everyone who knows me that has been there told me to do the "Valley of the Winds".The following is my story of that day, " THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY The whole trip hadn’t been about one thing, but if it...

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  • To package or DIY??

    One advantage of a 3D/2N package with tours (which I did) is that you get the relevant narration and explanations of the sights that you see. Otherwise, like a young woman in Sydney said of Ayer's Rock: "it's just a rock" and "there's nothing there", otherwise! ;-)With such narration/explanatory notes on every nook and crevice on the famed rock, I...

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Start of the Mala Walk
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Mala Walk - Kantju Gorge and Waterhole
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Mala Walk - Trail to Kantju Gorge
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Old Lookout
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