5 Things to See and Do at Ayers Rock (Uluru)

Travellers visit the rock to witness its impressive physical beauty, and leave enriched by its cultural and spiritual significance.

Aboriginal Spirituality

Ancient and symbolic, Uluru is a timeless destination, embedded in Indigenous tradition. Travellers visit the rock to witness its impressive physical beauty, and leave enriched by its cultural and spiritual significance. The land Uluru occupies is of great importance to the area’s traditional landowners, the Anangu people (one of the oldest human societies on Earth), and plays a central part in Aboriginal Dreamtime folklore.

Uluru Base Walk

Follow in the footsteps of the Anangu people’s ancestors with a walk around the monolith’s base. Offering an intimate introduction to one of Australia’s most iconic natural sites, the 14 kilometre walk provides incredible insight into the ecological and spiritual history of Uluru, and exposes several sacred sites, like waterholes and rock art. Embark on the journey at sunrise to observe the awe-inspiring changing colours of the desert landscape and to beat the daytime heat.

Sounds of Silence Dinner

Experience an opportunity like no other with dinner under the desert sky at Sounds of Silence. Award-winning and in hot demand, Sounds of Silence offers a bush tucker inspired buffet feast of authentic Australian delicacies  like barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile  with a spectacular view of Uluru. A perfect way to unwind after a day of discovery, Sounds of Silence seats guests from dusk into the night, showcasing the changing colours of the rock, beneath a canopy of bright sparkling stars.

Sails in the Desert

Named after the imposing white sails that crown its roof, Sails in the Desert is Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. Providing guests with 5-star sophistication, the hotel features: a gumtree lined heated swimming pool; a significant Aboriginal art collection at Mulgara Gallery; and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge optionstaste Mayu’s signature à la carte dining experience, relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by with cocktails, music and culinary temptations in the Walpa Lobby Bar.

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

A collection of 36-plus rounded domes that rise from the desert floor, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are an impressive sight not to be overlooked. Located 35 kilometres west of Uluru, the domes are believed to be the remains of single solid formation, which has undergone 500 million years of erosion. Like Uluru, Kata Tjuta are a rich ochre-colour, and glow at sunrise and sunset. A cultural landmark, the rocks are also steeped in local legend.

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Words by Alice Nash - Published 5 April 2013
Quick Facts 
Population n/a
Area 1326 km2
Time Zone + 9.5 GMT
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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