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.
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.
It never rains.
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.
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.
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.