Destination Guide - Ayers Rock/Uluru

Ayers Rock (Uluru) rises 348 metres out of the earth in Australia’s Red Centre and is 9.4 kilometres in circumference. This iconic, World Heritage-listed site is of spiritual significance to Australia’s Aboriginal people and the landscape has been looked after by its traditional Anangu owners for tens of thousands of years. There is a cultural centre and various walks and tours run by Anangu peoples to give insight into their traditions, as well as the nature and science of the area. If you’re there at sunrise or sunset you’ll see the region in all its spiritual light as the earth glows crimson.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Time zone: +9.5
Daylight savings: N/A
Language: English
Country code: +61
Area code: 08
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA

Highlights

  • Ayers Rock/Uluru
  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Valley of the Winds

Events

  • 10 April to 3 May
    Alice Springs Cup Carnival
  • 25-28 June
    Alice Springs Beanie Festival
  • 2-3 July
    Alice Springs Show
  • 21 August
    Henley-on-Todd Regatta

Weather

In winter (June to August) it’s usually a mild 20°C although temperatures can still get very cold at night. In summer (December to February) it’s a stifling 30-35°C.


Getting there and around

Because of its remote location, the easiest way to get to Uluru is by plane or by car. Guided tours are a good option for when you are there. If you have time take and aerial flight and see it from above.

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Travel Insider Uluru suggestions

Travel Blog

Uluru
Ask the Crew: Uluru with the locals

Qantas First and Business crew member Brian Wilson and an ideal Uluru itinerary.

Escapes

Peter Mackay
Be a Guest Travel Writer: Uluru relaxation

At the end of last year Qantas Travel Insider held a competition offering 12 guest writers the chance to report on a top Australian holiday destination. Now that they've won, the task is to go on a luxurious weekend getaway and tell us all about it! Here is our first reader on the ground, Peter Mackay, with a tale of Uluru relaxation.

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Sue Carey at Uluru.
Be a Guest Travel Writer: Uluru front and centre

Among champagne flutes, shooting stars and camera flashes, our sixth Be a Guest Travel Writer competition winner, Sue Carey, finds that Uluru still shines.

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