How do you get to Uluru?

How do you get to Uluru?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/29/2019

Reading time: 3 mins

While you are down under, undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest sights is the famous Uluru.

Renowned for being one of the world’s most recognisable natural landmarks, Uluru, also known as Ayer’s Rock, brings a bucket-load of tourists to its surrounds. However, as it does sit in the middle of nowhere, the right smack bang in the heart of Kata-Tjuta National Park, getting there can be a bit of a chore. Work out how you want to get to the red rock after reading all the different ways you can travel to our World Heritage-listed park.

  • Drive there

    For all those independent travellers out there, your first choice is most likely driving yourself. This can transform a mere day trip to Uluru into a week-long journey throughout the red centre. Discovering the true beauty of the area and attractions you may have not seen if you hadn’t driven by. However, depending on where you’re travelling, it can take up to 30 hours for the entire trip (this is from Sydney). So working out if your car can handle it, taking in fuel consideration, and realising the effort this takes is always best before heading off.

  • Fly There

    Bit of a lazy traveller? Prefer skipping the transport and getting right onto the attractions? Flying may work for you as Yulara has its own airport. Get direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, or Alice Springs, with the longest flight being a mere three-hour journey. Although this may look like the winning choice, you may actually miss out on a lot of what the red centre has to offer. With the surrounding landscape just has stunning to see in person as Uluru itself. As well, on the high season, these flights may cost you an arm and a leg, so if you are looking for a cheaper route, maybe skip the flight.

  • Camp your way there

    Spend longer in the Aussie Outback and camp your way across the red sand. Walking your way from each camping ground to the next lets you immerse yourself in the true beauty of the wildlife. Seeing the sights of the landscape and seeing the unique animals and plants scattered within. However, making sure you know the season to go, as the days can be quite hot, and the nights can get quite cold. As well, as you are walking in the dry heat constantly, you do have to obtain a good fitness level.

  • Take a Tour

    Skip the stress of organising your journey when simply just book a tour for your holiday. Just purchase a ticket prior to the tour date and sit back and relax. With the majority of the tours offered to start from Alice Springs, you can hop on a one day or multi-day trip, letting you see the stunning desert land between your starting point and Uluru.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.