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Top Family Experiences at Uluru

With adventures ranging from little to large, Uluru and the Red Centre truly is the Goldilocks of family getaways, and with these rock-solid tips you'll be sure to deliver a dream escape for everyone.

Top Family Experiences at Uluru

Monday, 17 September 2018

With adventures ranging from little to large, Uluru and the Red Centre truly is the Goldilocks of family getaways, and with these rock-solid tips you’ll be sure to deliver a dream escape for everyone.

Tire them out with an adventure around the Rock

Family Experiences Base Walk

Walk, cycle, or segway, there’s no shortage of fun to be had circumnavigating Uluru. The kids will love exploring the pathways that get you up close to ancient rock art and stunning waterholes along the way. The full circuit is 10.6 kilometers but it’s easy enough to just do sections of the track if you or the kids aren’t up for going the whole way around. Just remember to take plenty of water with you.

Don’t miss dusk in the desert from atop a dune

Family Experience Sun Set Viewing

Watching the sun set on Australia’s most iconic rock is undoubtedly a highlight on any trip to the heart of the country, and it should definitely be included in a family itinerary. There are many ways to glimpse the sinking sun, but nothing beats the simplicity of grabbing the gang and bit of a picnic spread and heading to one of the viewing platforms around the resort. Why not arrive an hour before the sun goes down to claim your spot and settle in for Mother Nature’s greatest performance.

Get the Kids involved in cultural fun with Dot Painting Workshops

Family Experiences Dot Painting Workshops

Get your creative juices flowing as you and the kids get to have fun creating your own dot-masterpiece. First join a local Indigenous artist and learn about the different symbols used to create these beautiful works of art. Discover the meaning behind the symbols as Creation Time (Tjukurpa) stories and Aṉangu paintings purpose as both an educational and ceremonial function.

Cosy up to some unique Central Australian friends at the Red Desert Reptiles show

Family Experiences Red Desert Reptiles

Here’s your chance to meet Bruce the Blue Tongue Lizard, Wolverine the Bearded Dragon and Max the King Brown. The Red Desert Reptiles show runs twice daily, where expert handler Danny, educates you on the 73 species of reptiles calling the desert home. You’ll learn about how these creature survive in the harsh desert environment, and be able to get up close, touch and hold some of the reptiles. Cameras are a must for this rare encounter.

Count stars not sheep on your very own Outback Sky Journey

Family Experiences Astro Show

Designed specifically to suit families, the Astro tour takes you on a journey through past mythologies, present skies and into the future of astronomy. The natural desert surrounds make this the perfect place for star gazing as the low humidity and minimal natural light allow you to really see into the galaxy. Bonus: Kids under 15 are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Ayers Rock Resort Family Features:

  • Emu Walk Apartments offers one and two bedroom self-contained apartments making it the perfect choice for families. Rooms have the luxury of modern, fully serviced apartments with all the practicalities of home.
  • Most tours at Uluru are child friendly. Here's a full list of recommended Uluru Family Tours
  • Special children's menus and prices are available at all restaurants and cafes throughout the Resort
  • A schedule of free Indigenous activities will keep the whole family occupied
  • Don't forget your swimmers, each hotel has its own pool
  • There's a playground, giant chess set and two tennis courts


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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

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 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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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.

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.

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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