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New Ways to Conquer Uluru

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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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.

Here are a few:

Take a FREE guided base walk around 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.

Ranger guided Mala Walk.

Experience Uluru from a Ship of the Desert

camel rides Uluru
Source: Uluru Camel Tours

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.

Uluru Camel Tours

Explore Uluru by Bike

uluru tours
Source: Outback Cycling

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.

Outback Cycling

Fly Over Uluru

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.

Ayers Rock Helicopters

Segway Around the Rock

Segway Tours Uluru
Source: Segway Tours Uluru

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.

Uluru Segway Tours

Skydive Past it

sky dive uluru
Source: Facebook Sky Dive Uluru

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.

Skydive Uluru

See it in a Blaze of Glory

field of lights uluru
Source: Explore Uluru

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.

Field of Light

Watch the sunrise wake-up Uluru

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

Harley Around Uluru

harley rides uluru
Source: Northern Territory - Australia's Outback

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.

Uluru Motorcycle Tours

Uluru Against the Stars

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.

Outback Sky Journeys

Explore What GrowsAround Uluru

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.

Uluru Bush Tucker Journeys

Try Million-star Dining at the Foot of Uluru

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.

Tali Wiru

 Tali Wiru
Source: Facebook Tali Wiru

In the end, you don't conquer Uluru. It conquers you.
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Why? Uluru is a bucket list experience
When: The best months to visit Uluru are in August and September. Not to hot and not to chill at night.
Where: Daily flights from most major Australian cities to Ayers Rock Airport
Cost: Various
Your Comment
Never been to Uluru, definitely on my 'bucket-list' - love the selection of transport options!
by Elaine (score: 3|7004) 214 days ago
Some great options. Thanks for sharing Nadine.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2107) 210 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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