As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Australia’s most famous landmarks, Ayers Rock (Uluru) is the undeniable highlight of the Red Centre and an unmissable attraction for visitors to Alice Springs. Here’s a rundown of tour options.
If time is of the essence, a full-day tour from Alice Springs lets you cram multiple sites into one day. Most day tours include hotel pickup, round-trip transportation, entrance fees, and meals, and feature highlights such as the Mala Walk, the Mutitjulu Waterhole, an Uluru sunset viewing, and an Aussie-style barbecue dinner in the desert. Alternatively, opt for a one-way shuttle transfer to the Ayers Rock Resort from Alice Springs, and explore the sights at your own pace.
Multi-day tours mean you’ll have plenty of time to discover the natural wonders of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and see Uluru at both sunrise and sunset. Choose an overnight tour and spend a night in the Australian outback; set out on a 3-, 4- or 5-day tour of the Red Centre highlights, including extras like King’s Canyon, the Walpa Gorge, and the West MacDonnell Ranges; or take an epic 6-day tour all the way from Alice Springs to Adelaide. Most tours include accommodation, as well as selected meals, entrance fees, and activities.
Things to Know
Ayers Rock (Uluru) is located in Central Australia, 276 miles (445 kilometers) southwest of Alice Springs (about 4.5 hours by road).
Day tours from Alice Springs can last up to 18 hours, so prepare for a very long day.
Ayers Rock is located in an exposed area of the desert, so sunscreen, a hat, plenty of water, and comfortable shoes are a must. Prepare for high temperatures during the day and chilly weather at night.
Most tours include hotel pickup, entrance fees, and activities.