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What are the best attractions at Ayers Rock?
The top attraction in this area is Uluru itself. Rising 348 m (1,142 feet) above the desert floor, Ayers Rock totally dominates the landscape. With a circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 miles) Uluru is 3.6 km (2.2 miles) long and 2.4 km (1.5 miles) wide. That is huge! It will take you about three and half hours to walk around the Rock (Base Walk).
The most fascinating feature of Ayers Rock is the way it never seems to be the same colour, changing its mood with differing atmospheric conditions, weather, and time of day. Sunsets and sunrises offer great photographic opportunities.
The Mala Walk is recommended as an initial introduction to Uluru and the area. It covers 2 km and offers an insight into the significance of the area to the local people. Caves on Uluru contain Aboriginal art and paintings from prehistoric times and a visit to the Cultural Centre will tell you all about this history and the Anangu people’s culture.
Are there other attractions in the area besides Ayers Rock?
Kings Canyon is a very popular destination for visitors to the area, and can be found on the way back to Alice Springs. On the far side of Uluru are the Olgas, also known by their native name of Kata Tjuta. The largest of these is Mt Olga, which reaches about 200 m higher than Uluru. Kata Tjuta means many heads and there are more than 30 domes in the group. The road west, beyond the Olgas, is not recommended for everyday visitors as it is through desert and requires permits to travel. After 1110 km you would reach civilization in Western Australia in the small town of Laverton.
When is the best time to visit Ayers Rock?
If possible try to visit Ayers Rock area in the late winter or spring, after rain has turned the desert into a sea of wildflowers. Really makes the place special.
How far is Ayers Rock from Alice Springs?
Distances in Australia are deceptive, so although Uluru appears close to Alice Springs on a map, it is in fact 462 km by road from its nearest town. There is a small service town, Yulara, near the base of Uluru, where essentials can be purchased for a price. It is possible to fly to Uluru, but people come in all different ways. Many even cycle there from Darwin or Adelaide.