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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. Uluru: The perfect weekend getaway.

Apart from the breathtaking scenery, incredible culture, spiritual connection to land, the chance to spy some unique Australian flora and fauna and witness a Southern night sky incomparable to anywhere else, Uluru is a destination that is now easily accessible via direct flights from almost all capital cities in Australia. It can be experienced in just two or three nights, making this a destination completely do-able as a weekend escape.

Your weekends in 2019 have never looked better with the Uluru New Year Sale 

Uluru Weekend Escape

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

Uluru Bicycle Hire (Departure 1)

Take a morning ride around the base of Uluru by bicycle. The 15 kilometre self-guided journey is easily made within 3 hours and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Stop and explore the pure beauty of this spiritual and unique wonder of the world at your own pace. Once you have finished your ride, you are free to explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Includes return hotel transfers operated by Uluru Hop On & Hop Off. Children toddler seats and tag-a-longs available on request, subject to availability. Departure times: Return transfer from your accommodation by Uluru Hop ON Hop Off 7:15am December 7:45am February 8:30am March 9:30am October and November 10:00am September 10:15am 16-30 April and May 10:30am 1-15 April and June to August Duration approx. 4 hours

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.

Ayers Rock Campground

Ayers Rock campground is located only 15km from Uluru and offers cabin accommodation, unpowered and powered sites for caravans, campervans, motor homes and camper trailers. Campground offers modern camping facilities and a playground, pool, supermarket and petrol station.
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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.

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.

Mani Mani Indigenous Cultural Theatre

Mani-Mani Theatre Company’s unique sound, lighting, 3D effects and performance take you on a visually captivating experience transporting you to the ancient lands of Central Australia where the story of Walawuru, Kakalyalya & Kaanka unravels. The symbolic story of Walawuru, Kakalyalya & Kaanka is a tale of love, jealousy and greed. Expressed through ‘Mani-Mani’, the local art form of storytelling, this contemporary Indigenous performance brings to life the ancient ancestral beings Walawuru the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and his two wives; Kaanka the black crow and Kakalyalya the white cockatoo. Walawuru is happy with his two wives but little does he know Kaanka is evil and very jealous of the kind and caring Kakalyalya. The word ‘Mani-Mani’ comes from the Yankunytjatjara & Pitjantjatjara language of the Anangu people of Central Australia. Anangu people would often tell stories by drawing symbols in the sand using a stick taken from a branch of the Mani-Mani tree. The stories were often about ancestors, real events in history and the Tjukurpa creation time.
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3 Day Luxury Itinerary

Enjoy this 2 night Luxury Uluru getaway and experience the unforgettable Tali Wiru dinner under the Central Australian desert night sky. Watch the sun rise over Uluru as the desert awakens and join various Indigenous activities at Ayers Rock Resort. This itinerary is suited to couples or two singles wanting an indulgent Outback stay.

3 Day Best of Uluru Itinerary

Discover the best of Uluru and surrounds with once-in-a-lifetime tours and activities on this 2 night Best of Uluru itinerary. Witness the Field of Light art installation, watch as the sunrises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta and learn about Indigenous culture and traditions in Australia's spiritual heart.

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.
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