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One thing is for certain, you’ll be doing a lot of walking around Uluru, so be sure to pack comfortable and sturdy walking shoes. The Australian Outback has been known for being hotter than the surface of the sun (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration) so aim for light, breathable clothing that will protect you from the sun. It goes without saying that a hat, sunscreen and water are also Uluru essentials.
The beauty of Uluru lies in both the journey and the destination. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park covers 1,325 square kilometres and is not only regarded as the country’s spiritual heart, it’s home to two of the world’s most iconic rock formations — Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), which are thought to be around 600 million years old. Take a guided tour and hike around the base of Uluru and learn about the local Anangu culture and traditions through a variety of cultural experiences, including bush tucker tastings and dot painting workshops. Field of Light is a must-see art installation by British artist Bruce Munro and features more than 50,000 colourful lights spread across the desert landscape. Visit at sunset to see the lights come to life in a truly magical experience.
The answer to this isn’t quite as straight-forward as you might think as there are a few things to consider. In terms of weather, the Australian Outback can be fairly unforgiving in the summer months (December to February), so unless you’re used to the extreme heat, you might be best to travel during the cooler months. From May to September is generally considered to be the best time to visit Uluru, but that also happens to coincide with peak season and school holidays. If you prefer slightly smaller crowds so you can really learn about the cultural significance of Uluru to the local Anangu people, aim for the shoulder seasons of April to May or September to October.
Hike around the base of Uluru, take a guided tour, take a leisurely camel ride, camp, glamp, check out Field of Light installation, learn about the local Anangu culture, and if you’re up for a thrill, you can skydive to get a unique perspective.