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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published April 22nd 2022
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Recently, I travelled to Alice Springs and the Red Centre and stood and stared in awe at Uluru (Ayers Rock).

My plan before I left home was to take a helicopter flight over the rock as well as to see it from as many angles as I could.

Well, I did take the flight and it was incredible.

Uluru from helicopter
Uluru from the helicopter (©paula mcmanus)

I had already seen Uluru at sunset, got up at silly-o'clock to see it again at sunrise, walked around it, joined a group tour on the Mala Walk, stared at the rock and even hugged it. Then I flew over it. And, without a doubt, I had saved the best till last.

The guys at Professional Helicopter Services were great. My touring schedule was quite tight, and with a few phone calls and text messages they got my friends and I onto a flight. PHS picked us up from our campsite and dropped us back afterwards. It's an excellent service as we travelled up on a tour bus and had no access to a car of our own.

Ayers Rock Uluru
Uluru (©paula mcmanus)

We were picked up in a mini-van. Flight safety instructions were given on the way to the airport and questions and answers were dealt with before we got to the airport. A real time saver! The bus that picked us up had EFTPOS and even free wi-fi! Free wi-fi anywhere in the outback is such a bonus. Many of the visitors to the area are from overseas and they have no access to their family and friends until they get a free wi-fi signal. It was a really nice touch I thought.

The helicopters carry 3 passengers - everyone gets a window seat! Yay! The windows are rounded on the outside so that the view is expanded. The windows were sparklingly clean and scratch free which made it brilliant for photo taking.

Professional Helicopter Services Uluru
Professional Helicopter Services, Uluru (©paula mcmanus)

The ride is comfortable and noise-free. Everyone wears headsets which not only block the noise of the helicopter, but gives everyone a way of communicating with each other.

Our helicopter left from Ayers Rock Airport in Yulara and the views were breathtaking from lift off.

Uluru from Ayers Rock Airport
Uluru from Ayers Rock Airport (©paula mcmanus)

To see the World Heritage listed Uluru from the air really puts it into perspective in the landscape. It's huge and it's so very beautiful. You can see the scale of the outback and the desert that surrounds Uluru, Yulara and Kata Tjuta in the distance.

Kata Tjuta from helicopter
Kata Tjuta (©paula mcmanus)

We all got great photos from our ride. The pilot answered all of our questions and pointed out a lot of interesting landmarks that we really appreciated him doing. Our flight path took us straight over our camp site in Yulara and we waved at our travel buddies (they said they saw us!)

Uluru from Yulara
Uluru from Yulara (©paula mcmanus)

A helicopter flight over Uluru is a great way to see it and appreciate it. Times have changed and climbing the rock is not the 'done thing' now - less than 20% of visitors climb it these days. A helicopter flight is such a great way to see it from up high - why climb it when you can fly over it in style?

I'm very glad I took the opportunity to take a helicopter view of Uluru with Professional Helicopter Services. Their name really sums up the whole experience and I would highly recommend it if you are visiting the Red Centre.

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Thanks for sharing your holiday with us Paula. You certainly have some great photographic memories to keep.
by Jenny Prior (score: 3|4270) 2814 days ago
Enjoyed your article.Have been there...but did not take helicopter.Possibly my best holiday ever... to this part of Aust. in spring...when there was flowers every where and not so hot.
by noelp (score: 3|1201) 2805 days ago
Seems like everyone should see Uluru this way!
by Rota (score: 2|717) 2814 days ago
I love the red dirt country. The base walk is also recommended - the rock face looms large. Another article on that one please (!) Thanks.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1946) 2813 days ago
Would love to know what lenses you used for these shots?
by steph (score: 0|5) 2809 days ago
Great article and photos Paula. Visited it in 1967 when the dirt airstrip was at the base of the rock. We did our own fly around a lot closer and lower than your helicopter flight. In those days there weren't the restrictions that now apply. Well deserved silver.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4542) 283 days ago
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