A UNESCO World Heritage site and the most famous natural attraction in Australia, Ayers Rock, or Uluru as it’s known in Aboriginal, draws in thousands of visitors each year, eager to bask in its magnificence. The biggest Inselberg in the world, this “island mountain” is the last, isolated remnant of an original mountain range that has slowly eroded over time.
One of the most stunning mysteries of Ayers Rock is its apparent ability to change color throughout the day, transforming from brown to orange to a brilliant red at dawn and sunset. This enchanting sandstone formation is also the ancestral home of the Aṉangu people, the traditional inhabitants of the area and its hues magically transforms from orange to red prominently during dawn to sunset.
Nestled at the base of this sandstone formation is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - duly recognized as a World Heritage site because of its natural magnificence, and the huge number of visitors that come to see it. Although Ayres Rock is the most famous attraction in Uluru-Kata Tjuat, the park is also home to over one hundred fifty types of birds and twenty six types of mammals which do much to make the journey here even more captivating for visitors.
Trekking across Uluru is a popular activity for day-trippers but this incredible site has so much more to offer. Visitors can explore the oldest rock on earth while enjoying a sumptuous dinner under the stars of the Red Centre night skies. And of course, the chance to take some spectacular photos of Ayers Rock and the surrounding landscape are surely too good to be missed.
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is one of the best viewing areas, located about 3 km southeast of the rock. Great views of this natural wonder can also be seen from the Hunters' Cave, a home and gallery about two hundred meters from the Kapi Mutitjulu waterhole. People from all walks of life will appreciate the splendor of this magnificent sandstone while interactively learning the displays at the gallery.
One final piece of advice. The absolute best time to see Ayers Rock is at sunset or sunrise – visitors at this time will be treated to a spectacular panoramic view, a kaleidoscope of nature that is totally unique. Ayers Rock offers the quintessential image of the Australian Outback and as such, no one traveling here can afford to miss it.
Currency: Australian Dollars
Budget for one week: €1,000
Taxes and gratuity: Tipping is recommended
Official language: English
Area: 512 sq mi (Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park)
- Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
- Primary Socket Type: Australian AS-3112
- Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
- 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
- Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter