48 hours exploring Uluru

There’s a reason that Vogue Australia chose to feature one of Australia's famous stars, Nicole Kidman alongside Uluru in their 2015 September issue. Located in the heart of the Red Centre, this iconic landmark is steeped in history and one of Australia’s most recognisable natural icons. Spend a couple of days exploring this area for yourself and you’ll understand there is more to Uluru than meets the eye. 48 hours exploring Uluru
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48 hours exploring Uluru

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There are many ways to experience the wonders of World heritage-listed Uluru and its striking desert surrounds.


There’s a reason that Vogue Australia chose to feature one of Australia's famous stars, Nicole Kidman alongside Uluru in their 2015 September issue. Located in the heart of the Red Centre, this iconic landmark is steeped in history and one of Australia’s most recognisable natural icons. Spend a couple of days exploring this area for yourself and you’ll understand there is more to Uluru than meets the eye. 

Vogue Australia Photo Shoot at Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT

Day one morning

Sunrise breakfast

Start your first day in the heart of the Red Centre by watching the desert come to life at dawn. Join a guided Desert Awakenings tour to witness the changing colours of Uluru and Kata Tjuta at sunrise over a hearty breakfast on top of a secluded sand dune. Once the sun comes up your guide will take you to the base of Uluru, where you’ll stop at significant spots including the Mutitjulu waterhole, ancient rock paintings and the Cultural Centre. 

Learn about the local Aboriginal culture

Enrich your experience by learning about the ancient culture and history of the land from the traditional custodians of Uluru, the Anangu. Take part in an authentic Maruku Arts Dot Painting Workshop and create your own artwork to take home as a memento of your experience. Choose from one of the many free daily Aboriginal activities at Ayers Rock Resort, including garden walks and bush yarns at the Circle of Sand.

Day one afternoon

Scenic flight over Uluru

After experiencing it on the ground, the best way to truly appreciate the sheer size and scale of Uluru and Kata Tjuta is from the air. Take a scenic flight, either by helicopter or light aircraft, and you’ll also get to see a birds-eye view of some of Uluru’s neighbouring attractions such as Lake Amadeus, Kings Canyon and Gosses’ Bluff. Forward facing window seats are guaranteed on these flights, so make sure you’ve got your camera ready.

Tali Wiru   

Spend your first night in the Red Centre in style, with the once in a lifetime Tali Wiru dinner experience. An unforgettable evening of fine dining under the stars, this open-air restaurant operates between April - October and has magnificent views of Uluru and the distant domes of Kata Tjuṯa. Starting with sparkling wine and canapés, you’ll take in the sunset view before sitting down to a four course menu featuring dishes such as wattle-seed rubbed kangaroo carpaccio, matched with top Australian wines.

Day two morning

Sunrise camel ride

For a memorable experience, witness the colourful sunrise over Uluṟu and Kata Tjuta from camel back. Join Uluru Camel Tours for a one hour camel ride through the desert as dawn breaks and enjoy freshly baked damper and a hot cup of tea or coffee afterwards for a well-deserved breakfast.

Walk through Kata Tjuta

While its famous neighbour Uluṟu may get most of the attention, the nearby Kata Tjuṯa is just as intriguing. Head around 50 kilometres west of Uluṟu by road and take a walk through the 36 domes of this sacred site. Enjoy an easy one hour stroll on the Walpa Gorge Walk, passing rare plants and marvelling at the height of the dome walls along the way. If you’re feeling more energetic, tackle the four hour Valley of the Winds Walk right into the heart of this magnificent landscape, some parts are challenging but the effort is worth it for the breathtaking views.

Lunch at Bunya Bar

Rest your feet over a casual and light alfresco lunch at Bunya Bar, located within the Desert Gardens Hotel. Afterwards check out the Mingkiri Arts shop or take the time to stroll to the nearby Wintjiri Arts and Museum, where you watch a local artist at work and purchase one of their hand-crafted artworks to take home as a special souvenir.

Day two afternoon

Visit Red Ochre Spa

After an active morning spend the afternoon relaxing by the gumtree lined swimming pool at Sails in the Desert Hotel and indulge in a treatment at the Red Ochre Spa. A luxurious oasis right in the middle of the outback, the wide range of replenishing treatments available will renew your energy and leave you feeling ready for a pre-dinner drink at the Walpa Lobby Bar. 

Dinner at Arnguli Grill

Discover local Indigenous flavours over dinner at the Desert Gardens Hotel Arnguli Grill, where quality Australian produce is enlivened with unique spices, grains and seeds that have been sourced locally. The extensive menu here includes signature tasting plates, the succulent Wagyu steak and a premium selection of Australian wines. Before retiring for the evening at the five star Sails in the Desert Hotel, meet the resident astronomer for a star gazing tour of the southern night sky. You’ll soon realise why Central Australia is considered one of the top stargazing destinations in the world. 

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