Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Photo Credit: Wikitravel

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Uluru Aerial View Photo Credi: “Uluru (Helicopter view)-crop” by User: Huntster – Modification of Image: Uluru (Helicopter view).jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Driving to Uluru Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Uluru Panorama Photo Credit: “Uluru Panorama” by Stuart Edwards. – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Uluru Kata Tjuta Aerial View Photo Credit: Aerial View of Uluru with Kata Tjuta in the background. “UluruClip3ArtC1941” by Leonard G. – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

Uluru is the aboriginal name for this giant sandstone monolith. You can read more about our post about Uluru here. When you stand in front of it, only then will you understand the enormity of the largest monolith in the world. The huge red rock formation rises 863 metres above sea level. Remarkably, we only see a small portion of the entire formation because so much of it is underground. For some time Uluru was known as Ayers Rock, but the aboriginal naming has been restored since 2002. It is part of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and is one of the most recognisable landmarks in all of Australia. It is located in the Northern Territory, very close to the geographic centre of the continent. As you can imagine, all of the landscape has great significance to the aboriginal people. There are many dreamtime stories about Uluru and the region. You can hear them from the local original landowners during the tours, walks, and talks they offer here.

Things to Do at Uluru

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Uluru Aboriginal Art Photo Credit: Wikipedia

When you hire your own vehicle, you can visit this region and stay at your leisure and take advantage of all the things to do and places to see in the region that you might miss if you take a bus tour. It also means that you can stay or come back to Uluru at different times of the day so that you can see the amazing and striking difference of the structures in different light at different times of the day, At Uluru, you can go on a camel ride of the area, stay at any of the accommodations, go camping and even glamping in the outback that surrounds the National Park choose one or all seven walks around Uluru and surrounds, visit the cultural centre. Here are the 7 walks you can choose from, some are self walks and some are guided tour.

    1. Walk the base around the base of Uluru
    2. Guided Mala Walk to Kantju Gorge
    3. Kuniya walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole
    4. Talinguru Nyakunytjaku
    5. Walpa Gorge Walk
    6. The Valley of the winds walks
    7. Kata Tjuta dune walk

See the Field of Light Uluru

Field of Light Uluru Image Credit: AyersRockResort.com.au

Field of Light Uluru Image Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Field of Light Uluru Image Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Field of Light Uluru Image Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Field of Light Uluru Image Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Field of Light Uluru Image Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

Field of Light Uluru Image Credit: NorthernTerritory.com

As if Uluru wasn’t already beautiful enough and magical, artist Bruce Munro has turned the lights on Uluru when the sun goes down. Now through March of 2018, you can see the beautiful display of frosted glass spheres lighting up the land around the well-known landmark. Uluru is the heart of the spiritual centre of Australia and the local original land owners have embraced this spectacular exhibit calling it Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakunytjaku, Pitjantjatjara for ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’. The lights are made up of more than 50,000 slender stems in the ground topped with radiant frosted glass spheres that light up the dark night. The display covers more than seven football fields. If you want to see this magnificent event, you need to buy tickets or book a tour in advance. Of course, while you are here at the Red Centre of Australia, there is plenty to see and do during the daytime while you await the night to fall to experience the fantastic light illumination show. The exhibit was extended due to popular demand and has been at Uluru since October 2016.

Hiring a Vehicle in Alice Springs

Uluru Map Image Credit: Google Maps

Alice Springs Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

If tour buses aren’t your thing, hire your own 4WD vehicle to drive yourself around the Northern Territory. With your own car rental, you can tour around at your own pace and see things at your leisure. Times and schedules don’t have to be adhered to when you have your own vehicle to go where you want, when you want. Since the Northern Territory is remote and rugged, be sure to consult with your car rental agent to find the right vehicle for you and obtain the right safety supplies, maps, and instructions. Click through the link for the best rate on car rentals in the Northern Territory. You can hire a car in Alice Springs, or rent a vehicle right at the Alice Springs Airport. Looking for other destinations to visit with exploring the Northern Territory, check out these other blog posts:

 

Alice Springs, the City in the Outback

The Larapinta Trail (Part One)

The Larapinta Trail (Part Two)

Alice Springs, the City in the Outback

Uluru / Ayer’s Rock

Highlights from Uluru and Surrounds

Glamping in Australia

Top 10 Wedding Destinations in Australia

The Great Walks of Australia (Recap Part One)

The Great Walks of Australia (Recap Part Two)

10 of the Best Walks of the Outback Part One

10 of the Best Walks of the Outback Part Two

Discovering the Northern Territory