When is the best time to visit Uluru?

When is the best time to visit Uluru?

Uluru, nestled in the heart of the Red Centre of Australia, is by far one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. Now a World Heritage-listed attraction, Uluru is not just a natural wonder but a deeply spiritual place. The ancient landmark brings thousands of travellers to Australia year-round, but when is the perfect time to visit? Want to miss out on the crowds or the heat? We’ve got you covered!

What Months are best?

May to September

Although the recommendations alter, the best time to travel to Uluru is from May to September. The reason we suggest these months is due to the area’s climate. Extreme weather involving summers filled with scorching heat alongside winter’s jam-packed with freezing overnight temperatures. During the months of May to September, the weather is much more bearable, usually cooler temperatures during the days. As well, the colours of the rock are usually more vibrant during this period.

December, January, February

This is Australia’s summertime and is the worst time to travel to the lovely Uluru. The temperatures can be unbearable in the day, reaching low to the mid-30s majority of the time. The highest temperature recorded was a top of 45.5 Celsius degrees, which was only in the shade! Unless you are a fan of sweating like a pig, we recommend trying a different time of the year.

June to September:

This is by far the busiest time for tourists, particularly for US and Europeans visitors. The period always guaranteeing a bigger crowd at the marvellous Uluru, as well as peak prices in flights, accommodation, tours, and more. If you would like to avoid the crowds, try going in vacation periods which are for Aussies rather than Europe or America.

What time of day is Best?

Sunset and Sunrise

Uluru is famed for its breathtaking views during the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Here you can see the rock changing colour before your very eyes. The enhancing colours are from the dust particles and water vapour in the atmosphere acting as a filter, removing the blue light from the incoming sun rays. This allows the red light to stream through, reflecting against the rock, the surrounding environment, and the clouds to enhance the area in spectacularly vivid colours. It is well worth the early rise or late-night adventure when travelling.

The day

If you want your beauty sleep, travelling in the day is just as thrilling. Depending on the month you visit will determine if the morning or afternoon is best. We recommend going on a guided tour to visit in the best time of the day, picture-perfect for Instagram-worthy photos!

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