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Published July 19th 2019
You don't have to climb an icon to experience it
Source: Tourism Australia
From 26 October 2019, visitors will no longer be able to climb Uluru due to the spiritual significance to the Anangu people. But there is no reason to cross this iconic destination off your bucket list. Most people never got past Chicken Rock in any case because it is such a daunting climb.
And there is so much more to Uluru than climbing and scrambling down on your bottom. Simply to be in its vicinity is to feel its magical and timeless pull. There is a strong spiritualism about the place, it feels like Australia's heart and to see it is to experience the nation's heartbeat.
Due to the imminent closure of the climb, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to supply tourists with new ways to experience Uluru.
Follow in the ancient footsteps of the world's oldest continuous living culture with an early morning walk around World Heritage-listed Uluru. Learn the ancestral story of the Mala people and visit the painted caves and water holes of the traditional custodians along the free ranger-guided Mala Walk. The walk takes you so close to the Rock, you can actually touch it. It is free in as much that is included in your park entry fee.
This is an unforgettable camel-ride experience. From a peaceful camel ride over the rich red sand in the fresh morning air or a sunset experience taking in the colours of the Rock changing from a vivid red to a glowing ochre. Knowledgeable guides take travellers through the ancient history of the area and give a few camel-riding tips along the way.
Experience Uluru on two wheels. Cycle the pathway around the base of this amazing monolith and enjoy the freedom to explore the world's most iconic rock formation at your own pace. Good family activity. The 15-kilometre loop is easily explored in three hours with plenty of time to stop and explore the beauty of this spiritual and unique wonder.
Witness the most spectacular views the Red Centre has to offer in a chartered helicopter tour over the majestic landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. With cobalt blue skies stretching as far as you can see and the rich red of the 36 soaring domes of Kata Tjuta/The Olgas and Uluru standing proud, you'll not want to come down.
Slap on a helmet and join a knowledgeable guide on a two-wheeled eco-adventure around the base of Uluru. Wonder at the picturesque landscape, all while immersing yourself in the history and culture of this ancient landscape.
Take to the skies and enjoy a few of the most exhilarating seconds of your life on the trip down from 12,000 feet on a tandem skydive. With breathtaking views of Uluru, Kata-Tjuta, Lake Amadeus and Mt Conner, after the initial freefall, you'll have four blissful minutes to enjoy some of the Red Centre's most striking scenery. Expect to be on a high for quite some time after this one.
The famous Field of Light has been extended to December 2020. Spend the evening exploring Field of Light, the stunning desert light installation by renowned British artist Bruce Munro. The night-time attraction gently illuminates the desert ground in front of Uluru as the stars shine above.
Take in the unforgettable colours of Australia's spiritual heartland by watching the sunrise over what is largely considered the world's largest monolith. Standing 348 metres above ground level, Uluru is taller than the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. Half Day Sunrise Tour
There's nothing quite like a ride on an iconic Harley Davidson. This exhilarating experience winds through the vivid red sand dunes and desert landscape surrounding Uluru, with a full lap around the base to see the incredible rock formation up close.
With low humidity and minimal artificial light, the Red Centre is one of the best places in the world to explore the stars. Cast your gaze upwards and learn of the Seven Sisters' story - part of an Aboriginal songline that traverses the breadth of the continent, from the east to west coast of Australia.
If you thought the desert was a sparse landscape lacking in plant life, think again! Learn how to recognise a few of the 416 species of plants native to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on a guided garden walk and taste the ancient flavours at an outback bush tucker lesson with the folks at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more spectacular dining experience than Tali Wiru, which pairs an unforgettable Australian setting with a world-class gastronomic adventure for a not-to-be-missed night under the stars. Tali Wiru, meaning 'beautiful dune' in local Anangu language, encapsulates the magic of fine dining under the Southern Desert sky. Tali Wiru operates seasonally from March until October.