7 Best Ayers Rock Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Ayers Rock, now called by the aboriginal name of Uluru is a sacred site for the traditional aboriginal people. Surrounded by the forlorn landscape of the Australian Outback, Ayers Rock is kept company by The Olgas (Kata Tjuta), another unusual rock formation, also in the Uluru-Tjuta National Park.

7 Most Popular Attractions in Ayers Rock

1. The Olgas (Kata Tjuta)

  • The Olgas, which is now almost unanimously referred to as Kata Tjuta, is a large, domed rock formation located around 360 kilometres from Alice Springs
  • $25/three-day park pass
  • The Olgas Viewing Area, Petermann, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Cultural Centre 7am-6pm
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2. Ayers Rock (Uluru)

  • Uluru, sometimes referred to as Ayers Rock, is an enormous sandstone rock formation located in the southernmost¬†part of the Northern Territory. Situated
  • $25 for a 3-day park pass
  • Ayers Rock, Petermann, Northern Territory, Australia
  • 7am - 6pm (Cultural Centre)
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3. Mala Walk

  • The Mala Walk is one of the most visited and popular walks in place around Uluru (Ayers Rock). The short walk, a 2 kilometres return trip that takes around
  • Park Pass $25
  • +618 8956 1128
  • Uluru Walking Point, Petermann, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Guided Walk runs 8am or 10am
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4. Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

  • The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is the starting point for many journeys through the¬†Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The centre, located close to
  • Free
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Petermann, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Daily 7am-6pm
  • Website
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5. Sounds of Silence

  • The Sounds of Silence is a nightly dining and entertainment experience hosted by the Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara. Just a short distance from Uluru, the
  • Adult $195, Child $96
  • Sounds of Silence, Yulara, Northern Territory, Australia
  • 1 hour before sunset
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6. Kings Canyon

  • Located nearly 500 kilometres south west of Alice Springs, Kings Canyon is the third arm of the trifecta of famed Red Centre natural landmarks. The tall
  • Free
  • +618 8956 7460
  • Kings Canyon Walk, Petermann, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Daily
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7. Watarrka National Park

  • Watarrka National Park is a national park in Central Australia, located around 450 kilometres southwest of Alice Springs. The park contains the western
  • Free
  • Ranger Station +618 8956 7460
  • Watarrka National Park, Petermann, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Always open
  • Website
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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.


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