The Best Of Uluru in 48 Hours
A trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Uluru. If you only have the weekend to spend in the Northern Territory’s Red Centre, here’s how to experience the best of Uluru in 48 hours.
Your flight to Uluru (Ayers Rock) will arrive in the afternoon just in time for lunch. To get to Ayers Rock Resort, there is a complimentary shuttle bus at the airport that takes you directly to the Resort. Alternatively, you can hire a car at the airport. Pre-booking car hire is recommended.
Drop your bags off and check into your hotel before grabbing some tucker to eat from one of the 12 restaurants and bars around Resort. Choose a delicious sandwich, pasta or salad at Mangata Bistro & Bar at Desert Gardens Hotel, or grab a refreshing drink at the Walpa Lobby Bar at Sails in the Desert.
At 3pm, join the free Ecology & Museum tour held daily at Wintjiri Arts & Museum to learn about the regions' history, geology, flora and fauna. For the rest of the afternoon, enjoy exploring the Resort. Head over to Imalung lookout for a glimpse of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, browse the shops around Town Square, or view works from the ‘Artists in Residence’ program at Wintjiri Arts & Museum.
Tonight you’ll be ditching regular dinner plans for an enchanting evening of dining under the stars at ‘A Night at Field of Light’. This experience combines the award-winning ‘Sounds of Silence’ dinner with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light installation.
Watch a beautiful sunset over Uluru while you enjoy sparkling wine and outback canapes. As darkness falls and 50,000 coloured glass spheres come to life, join your table of fellow travellers for a delightful 3-course bush tucker inspired buffet with Australian wine and beers. Enjoy a fascinating star talk before a self-guided walk through the magical Field of Light.
Prepare for an early wake up call as you begin a new day with an inspiring and intimate Desert Awakenings sunrise tour. Feast on a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls and homemade damper with coffee or tea, as you watch the desert come to life. Once the sun is up, your guide will lead you along the Kuniya and Mala walks at the base of Uluru and introduce you to the natural, geological and cultural history of this remarkable region. You will also visit the Mutitjulu waterhole, a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu alike.
Grab a bite to eat once you’re back at the Resort. Try a burger or pizza at Gecko’s Café, or enjoy a sandwich or salad at Kulata Academy Café, both located in Town Square.
The rest of the afternoon is yours. Why not slip into comfort and relaxation and book yourself in for a pamper session at Red Ochre Spa? We highly recommend pre-booking your spa treatment prior to arrival.
You’ve already seen the beautiful sunset over Uluru, and tonight you’ll join a Kata Tjuta sunset tour to experience the spectacular sunset over Kata Tjuta. You'll make your way by bus into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Along the way, your experienced driver guide will share some history into Kata Tjuta. As the sun sets over the western horizon, you’ll arrive at the sunset viewing area where you’ll enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine as you watch the domes change colour with the setting sun.
It’s the day of your departure. Wake up early to catch one final sunrise over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park at one of the several viewing platforms. Afterwards, head to Ilkari Restaurant at Sails in the Desert to enjoy a delicious hot and cold buffet breakfast.
At 8:45am, meet at the reception of Desert Gardens Hotel for a guided garden walk around the hotel’s backyard. Your Indigenous guide will take you through the local flora, bush foods and bush medicines. You can also do this at your own pace by picking up a copy of a Garden Walk Pocket Guide at reception.
Head back to your hotel room to freshen up and pack your bags, before heading to reception to check-out of your hotel. Complimentary airport transfers from your hotel depart approximately 2 hours before your flight, this schedule is on display in the lobby of your hotel. Alternatively, if you have hired a car you can make your own way to the airport.