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5 Reasons to Visit Uluru in 2019

Five reasons why adding Uluru to your travel resolutions for 2019 is a fantastic decision.

5 Reasons to Visit Uluru in 2019

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Resolutions. Some people love them, some people hate them, and most people never stick to them. So we've done the hard work for you. Here are 5 reasons why adding Uluru to your travel resolutions for 2019 is a fantastic decision. Plus did you know that the Red Centre is listed as one of Lonely Planet's Top Five Regions to visit in 2019? - So you'd be silly to miss checking it out!

1. Once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the Opera at Uluru

Mark November 2nd in your calendar because you're not going to want to miss this! For the first time ever, Opera Australia will perform an exclusive concert in the spiritual heart of Australia, with the vast outback plains and Bruce Munro's Field of Light as the backdrop. Marrying sublime art and the world's finest music, experience a night like no other. Opera Australia's finest singers will perform famous arias from Bizet, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi and more under a canopy of stars in a uniquely Australian setting. Evenings really don't get much better than this.

Packages are available for all hotels at Ayers Rock Resort for either two or three nights.
Plus, just when you think the evening couldn't be more magical, why not add one of our celebratory dining experiences and join the three-course Welcome or Starlit Dinner.

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Opera Australia at Uluru

2. Race Day Outback Style.

Kicking off on the 24th of May, the multi-award winning Uluru Camel Cup is a must if you want a taste of the real outback. Begin the weekend festivities with the lively Camel Cup Calcutta, where you can join the locals for boot scooting fun. Saturday's race day brings an exciting mix of events and races including the Dash for Cash and Plate Race before the Uluru Camel Cup itself. Don't forget your fashions on the field outfit or to pack something for the final Frock Up & Rock Up Gala Ball, as the grand finale to a fabulous weekend.

Uluru Camel Cup

3. Pound the Red Dirt at the Australian Outback Marathon.

Pull out your Nike's and get your active wear ready for the tenth annual Australian Outback Marathon, 26th - 28th July 2019. Set among one of the most iconic backdrops in the world entrants will be pounding the red dust with spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the rugged outback, as most of the course is plotted on unsealed roads, bush tracks and soft-sand trails.

Australian Outback Marathon

4. Find (or lose) yourself in the Outback.

Reclaim your mind in 2019 at the Uluru Wellness Retreat, 28th August - 5th September 2019. The program features six incredible nights of mindfulness and Qigong workshops led by popular life change facilitator, Peter Bliss, plus a selection of guided Uluru tours and experiences, as well as a nutritious and nourishing food program. Drawing inspiration from your tranquil surrounds, this is the ultimate, reinvigorating retreat that will set you up for success.

Uluru Wellness Retreat

5. 26th October - A day to celebrate.

In addition to the 26th of October being the anniversary of the hand back of the title deeds of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to the Traditional Owners in 1985, the date this year also marks another significant and special event,- the closure of the Uluru climb. The closure of the climb is a reflection of a marked change on tourism within the Red Centre and a sign of respect for the Anangu people. It reflects a greater desire for a deeper connection with the ancient culture and landscape, which is now also reflected in the range of Indigenous-focused activities available. As well, with a greater range of ways to experience and circumnavigate Uluru, there is a significant lessening in interest for visitors to climb. Instead preferring to take a bicycle, segway, motorcycle, helicopter or walk around the base.

Motorbike around Uluru

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1 Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

This 1-day Hop On Hop Off pass gives you the freedom to explore Uluru at your own pace for one day. From sunrise to sunset, hop on and hop off as much as you like throughout the day. Additionally, this pass also entitles you to one bonus transfer to and from Kata Tjuta within the same day. Download timetable and map

15min Uluru and Resort Postcard Flight (daytime)

Limited on time? Take to the skies on a 15 minute scenic helicopter flight that takes you past Ayers Rock Resort and onto breathtaking views of the desert landscape and the majestic Uluru, as well as Kata Tjuta in the distance. Enjoy this tour anytime throughout the day, excluding sunrise and sunset. Tour duration is approx. 1 hour

15min Rock Blast (Daytime)

Launch off on a rock blasting adventure and take in the sights of Ayers Rock Resort and surrounding desert landscape as you make your way towards Uluru. Enjoy a panoramic view of the breathtaking scenery unique to the Red Centre.  Tour duration approx. 1 hour
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Longitude 131°

Located adjacent to Ayers Rock Resort, Longitude 131° offers an exclusive experience of the Australian Outback, rich in cultural heritage and history.

Emu Walk Apartments

Ayers Rock Resort's 4 star self-contained apartments: Only 20km from Uluru, the newly renovated 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are sheltered behind gardens of native trees. Lowest Price Guarantee.

Emu Walk Apartments

Ayers Rock Resort's 4 star self-contained apartments: Only 20km from Uluru, the newly renovated 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are sheltered behind gardens of native trees. Lowest Price Guarantee.
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Ecology & Museum Tour

Wintjiri museum provides an educational display highlighting local history, Aboriginal culture, geology, flora and fauna. On this interpretative tour of the museum your Aboriginal guide will introduce you to the region's unique ecology and classes of mammals and fauna types not found anywhere else in the world.  Gain insights into the Anangu land conservation and management practices as well as a brief historical overview; starting 30,000 years ago with the Aboriginal habitation to the early European explorers, and the development of tourism at Uluru. Tour duration: approx. 45 minutes. Days and times: daily, 3pm Location: Wintjiri Arts & Museum

Bush Yarn

Welcome to the Circle of Sand, the Indigenous heart of Ayers Rock Resort. You'll become captivated by the yarns told by an Indigenous storyteller of Aboriginal history, culture and traditional techniques used on the land. Dependant on the season, learn about traditional bushtucker or an Indigenous man’s “survival kit” including weapons such as katjii (hunting spears), tjutinpa (clubs), kali (boomerangs) and miru (spear thrower). Tour duration: approx 30 minutes. Days and times: daily, 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am Location: Town Square Lawn Area

Guided Garden Walk

Desert Gardens Hotel is famous for it's magnificent gardens full of local flora. Meet your Indigenous guide at the hotel's reception for a guided tour of these authentic native gardens and an introduction to the many different plants which Anangu relied on for food and medicinal purposes. Tour duration approx. 1 hour.
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3 Day Uluru Outback Adventure Itinerary

Discover adventure in the Australian outback over 2 adventure-packed nights. Witness an amazing sunrise over Uluru. Get an adrenaline rush on a Harley Davidson ride. Enjoy dinner under the stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence and various guest activities. Tours in this itinerary requires a moderate level of fitness.

3 Day Uluru Budget Itinerary

Explore Australia's Red Centre on a budget in 2 packed nights. Experience the magic of Uluru. Enjoy a dinner under the stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence, walk through the Field of Light and discover various guest activities that will provide you with unforgettable memories. This itinerary is designed for those wanting a budget adventure.

3 Day Family Itinerary

Discover the spiritual heart of Australia with this 2 night Uluru family itinerary including Astro Tour, Uluru and Kata Tjuta sunrise tour, Dot painting and various guest activities. The tours in this suggested Uluru Family itinerary are suited to families with children 5 years and over.
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Ayers Rock Resort is currently closed due to the impact of COVID-19 and related Northern Territory border and remote community closures.  We are currently taking general bookings from 1 August 2020, although this will be reviewed regularly should circumstances change. The Lost Camel Hotel is open for limited bookings for local residents and other guests who meet the mandated travel requirements and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines regarding health and safety. For guests travelling from outside the area prior to 17 July a mandatory 14 day self-isolation period will apply. Please refer to our FAQ page for further information.