Sunrise times in Uluru

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/08/2024

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Uluru is known for having some of the most stunning sunrises.

Because of the change of seasons and daylight savings, the sunrise times slightly vary all year. Be sure to look up the weather forecast and sunrise time the day before viewing. Below is a summary of the sunrise times in Uluru.

Summer sunrise times

From December to February, the sunrise times range between about 5:45 am to 6:30 am. These are Australia’s summer months, which means the days are longer. The sun rises earlier and sets later. This is a great time of year to have long stretches of sunlight but be sure to pack for the hot weather of the Australian desert.

Fall sunrise times

From March to May, the sunrise times range between about 6:30 am to 7:15 am. The days will slowly start getting cooler as the environment gears up for the winter season. The days will still be quite hot, but the nights can get cold. As Winter creeps closer, the sunrise will be happening later and later, which means you can sleep in a bit longer.

Winter sunrise times

From June to August, the sunrise times range between about 7:15 am to 7:30 am. These are Australia’s winter months, which means the days will be the shortest. The sun will rise later and set earlier. This is a great time of year to visit Uluru since it won’t be too hot. Just be sure to pack layers, as it will get cool in the evenings.

Spring sunrise times

From September to November, the sunrise times range between about 7:00 am to 5:45 am. The days will slowly begin to get longer, making the sunrise happen earlier. The days will start warming up, so be sure to pack layers. You’ll want some breezy clothing for the daytime, but some extra layers when it’s time for bed.

Best sunrise spots in Uluru

Watching the sunrise is a must when visiting Uluru. Even if you are not a morning person, waking up at the crack of dawn is completely worth it. It’s impossible to go wrong regardless of where you watch the sunrise in Uluru, but there are a few spots that offer the best viewing.

The main spot to view the sunrise in Uluru is from Talinguru Nyakunytjaku. Since this is the main viewing spot, it can sometimes get a little busy. Alternatively, you can take a 45-minute hike on the Watiku Walk to view the sunrise. Another great option is the 30-minute Minymaku Walk. Both walks offer fascinating educational opportunities and unparalleled scenery.

You can leave it up to us and embark on an Uluru Sunrise Tour from Ayers Rock. This tour departs bright and early, allowing you to watch the sky change colour as the sun rises above Uluru and Kata Tjuta. You’ll be able to explore more of this spectacular landmark with hikes and lookouts before heading back to Ayers Rock.

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.