When is the best time to visit Uluru?

When is the best time to visit Uluru?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 10/09/2018

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Nestled in the heart of the Red Centre of Australia, Uluru 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 best time to visit Uluru? Want to miss out on the crowds or the heat? We’ve got you covered!

What months are best to visit Uluru?

  • 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 sunrise and sunset. 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!

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.