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Busted - Myths about Uluru

Like the complicated middle child, Uluru is often a little misunderstood. So here’s some helpful myth-busting facts to set the story straight.

Busted - Myths about Uluru

Friday, 30 November 2018

Like the complicated middle child, Uluru is often a little misunderstood. So here's some helpful myth-busting facts to set the story straight.

Uluru

It's just a rock, so what?

Most definitely not just a rock. Uluru is the spiritual heart of Australia and it's beat can be felt from the moment you arrive. On a visit to Uluru you'll discover more than just a world heritage listed site, you'll uncover a connection with the land that dates back thousands of years. Local Anangu culture is one of the world's oldest and is still practiced today. At the Resort, there's ample opportunity to better understand this connection to the land through a range of free Indigenous guest activities as well as dedicated tours.

The only way to experience it is to climb it.

Unlike the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty where the only way is up, Uluru offers a broader range of experiences beyond just climbing. In fact, many would argue that in addition to being more respectful of the local Anangu people, these 'other' experiences are more rewarding and diverse. Think heli's, Segway's, biking (motor and push), as well as walking as just some of the ways to circumnavigate this wonder. And wonder you will at the incredible natural beauty, from uncovering secret caves, majestic waterholes, ancient rock art, cultural stories and unique flora and fauna. Then, as an added bonus there are numerous sunrise and sunset viewing platforms scattered around Ayers Rock Resort and the National Park, incredible dining experiences, the critically acclaimed Field of Light installation, astronomy programs and tours, free guest activities that delve deeper into local culture, seasonal events and plenty of family friendly activities within the Resort complex. All in all, no shortage of things to do and ways to experience Uluru.

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It never rains.

Uluru in the Rain

Whilst it doesn't rain often, it does rain. Uluru received on average 308mm a year, creating a lush green oasis at its base. Seeing Uluru in the rain is incredible! Those few lucky people who get to see water cascading down this ancient monolith are in for a treat. Your best chance to catch this rare phenomenon is during the months of November to February.

Uluru is the only rock formation worth seeing in the Red Centre.

Uluru has a neighbour, a rather large neighbour that is equally impressive and worthy of exploration. Kata Tjuta, a series of 36 domes rising more than 546 meters, is an easy 45 minutes from Uluru and can be reached by car, the Uluru Hop on Hop off shuttle or on one of the guided tours. Once there, to get a true understanding of Kata Tjuta's size and beauty, it's worth taking the time to walk through the valleys and gorges. The Walpa Gorge Walk is suitable for most ages and fitness levels and will leave you in awe of the natural and spiritual surrounds.

Find out more about Kata Tjuta

You have to fly to Alice Springs and then drive.

Why fly to Alice Springs when you can fly direct to Ayers Rock Airport! Ayers Rock Airport is only 10 minutes from Ayers Rock Resort and complimentary shuttle services are provided for all guests arriving and departing from the Resort. Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia all offer direct flights to Ayers Rock Airport from most major cities.

Learn more about getting to Uluru.

You only need one day there, so why bother?

Having already established that experiencing Uluru involves much more than just looking at a rock, you can understand why you'd need more than one day to pack in all the activities! An ideal stay ensuring the time to do a range of key experiences is probably 2 to 3 nights. This will mean you're able to see both sunrise and sunset, add in a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience like Tali Wiru or Sounds of Silence, see Field of Light, and even get to Kata Tjuta to uncover the secret of the Red Centre.

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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.

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. 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, 11:30am, 11am, 11:30am Location: Town Square Lawn Area

Bush Food Experience

Learn about Australian and local native bush foods with a tasting of seasonal seeds, fruits and spices. Your knowledgeable guide will describe how for centuries the Indigenous people used the bush for food.  You'll find out about the uses of certain plants, fruits, grains and spices and about traditional food preparation methods. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of a recipe using some of the ancient native bush ingredients. Tour duration: approx. 45 minutes.  Days and times: daily, 1pm Location: Wintjiri Arts & Museum
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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 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.
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