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Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a Winter Wonderland

Uluru Winter

The most famous Indigenous landmark in Australia, a trip to Uluru is an unmissable pilgrimage for every Australian. If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out!

The dry, arid desert of the Red Centre doesn’t offer much shade – the summers are intense. From late September the temperature begins to soar up into the 30s so the best time to travel is around April to September. That makes now a perfect time to plan your Uluru adventure!

Walking tracks around Uluru take you through beautiful scenery and Indigenous rock art. Go the whole way around along the Uluru base walk (9.8km, 3-4 hours), and explore surrounding natural sights and Indigenous rock art with the Mala Walk (2km) to Kantju Gorge, Liru Walk (4km, 1.5 hours) between the Cultural Centre and Uluru, and Kuniya Walk (1km) to the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

As the UNESCO World Heritage-listed area has significant cultural value to the Indigenous Anangu people, there’s plenty of culture and history to appreciate. Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre in Yulara to learn about Indigenous history and culture, how Uluru was formed, and native plants and animals. The complex also features art galleries including paintings, ceramics and functional crafts on display as well as local art and woodwork for sale.

Ayers Rock Resort runs regular free events and activities. Explore the skies with astronomy sessions five times a week until November. Moonlight cinemas run iconic Australian movies every Thursday until 11th October. One of Australia’s most prolific Indigenous musicians, Warren H Williams, is performing every Friday and Saturday night until 11th October.

There’s a few different ways to visit the Red Centre. You can fly straight in to Alice Springs or Uluru and pick up a campervan from there. Or you can take a real outback adventure from any major capital city. From Darwin, travel south via Kakadu National Park. From Brisbane, head west through Birdsville and the Simpson Desert. From Adelaide, take the historic Oodnadatta Track north and visit Lake Eyre along the way.

No matter which way you travel, there’s incredible natural scenery and historic sights to explore. We recommend hiring a 4WD campervan to best access and enjoy the Australian outback.

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