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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 than 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), walking, and camels as just 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

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

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
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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.

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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.

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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