Where to camp when visiting Uluru?

Where to camp when visiting Uluru?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 08/08/2023

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Camping is a great way to connect with nature, your travel partners, and the history of your surroundings.

Camping in the outback is an experience you should do at least once in your life. So why not camp when you are visiting Uluru?

There isn’t anywhere to camp in Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, but the closest place you can camp to Uluru is in Yulara. There is a range of accommodations in the area, but the best place to camp is at Ayers Rock Campground.

The campground has a range of different accommodation options from tent sites, powered sites, and cabins. There are also facilities and services you can access.

Being so close to Uluru, you can get up early and do a few activities that you can only do when staying nearby.

Camping in the outback

Watch the sunrise over Uluru

Uluru is one of the most famous places in the world to view a sunrise. You’ll slowly watch the giant rock change colours as the sun rises over the national park. Wildlife starts to wake up in the area, the breeze will come through and sway the trees and tall grass making a gentle noise.

Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is the main viewing area of Uluru for the sunrise. Other viewing platforms in the area include the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area and the Kata Tjuta sunset viewing area.

To see the sunrise, you will want to go to your desired location at least half an hour before sunrise. The sunrise times can vary throughout the year, so ensure you double-check the times!

If you’re keen to see the sunrise over Uluru, you can book a sunrise tour here.

Uluru Base Walk

Uluru Base Walk is one of the iconic walks you can do at Uluru. You’ll walk the whole way around Uluru, which is more than 10 kilometres and can take you up to four hours to complete.

It’s highly recommended to do the walk as early as possible before it gets too hot and unsafe to walk. You should aim to finish the walk before 11 AM. So, get your good walking shoes on and a large water bottle!

Around Uluru, you can expect to see sensitive sites where no photos or videos are allowed, as well as the Mutitjulu Waterhole and Kantju Gorge.

Camping tours

Camping on your own can be a bit lonely for some, but when you do a group tour, you can connect with each other. There is a three-day camping tour of Uluru and Kings Canyon or you can do a four-day camping tour to see Uluru and more of the Red Centre.

On both tours, you’ll see the main highlights like Uluru, Kings Canyon, and Kata Tjuta.

Camping at Uluru is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a great way to experience the Red Desert. Enjoy exploring Uluru and everything else the Red Centre has to offer.

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.