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Uluru Sunrise & Sunset

Witnessing a sunset and sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) is an awe-inspiring experience and a 'must do'. Here's all the information you need to ensure you make the most out of this twice-daily spectacle.

Uluru Sunrise & Sunset


Witnessing a sunset and sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is an awe-inspiring experience and a 'must do' on every visitor's list. To watch the twice daily spectacle from one of the designated viewing areas inside the Park join one of the guided Sunrise Tours or Sunset Tours, travel at leisure with your own vehicle or hire car or get to any of these viewing areas with Uluru Hop On Hop Off. Pack a small picnic, get your camera at the ready and sit back and enjoy the spectacular views.

As much of a stay at Uluru revolves around sunrise and sunset be prepared and plan ahead. Know where you're going to watch the sunrise/set, distances and travel times as well as the time of the sunrise and set. TIP Once the sun has dipped below the horizon stay another 15 minutes as the colours of the desert around you intensify. Please be mindful that you need to leave the National Park by closing time.

How does Uluru change colour? The apparent colour changes of Uluru and Kata Tjuta result from the effects of the earth's atmosphere on the sun's incoming rays. The ash, dust particles and water vapour present in the earth's atmosphere act as a filter which can remove the bluer light from the incoming rays of the sun, allowing the redder light through at different times of day. Reflections from the rock and clouds in the sky enhance the vivid colours.

Uluru Sunrise & Sunset Viewing Areas

There are a couple of designated platform viewing areas landscaped into the sand dunes, offering optimum panoramic views of Uluru.

CAR SUNSET VIEWING - classic view of Uluru
Driving distance: 16 minutes from the resort

The perfect place to watch the remarkable changing colours of Uluru as the sun slowly sets behind you and lights up the rock.
TIP watch sunrise from this area and see Uluru in silhouette

BUS SUNSET AND DUNE WALK VIEWING - classic view of Uluru and in the distance Kata Tjuta
Driving distance: 16 minutes from the resort

The view from this area is the same as from the Car Sunset Viewing Area. After 4pm the area is reserved for coaches and tours only.

Uluru Sunse & Sunset Viewing

Uluru Sunse & Sunset Viewing

ULURU SUNRISE VIEWING - Talinguru Nyakunytjaku - views of Uluru and in the distance Kata Tjuta
Driving distance: 35 minutes from the resort

Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, which in the local aboriginal language means "place to look from the sand dune" features traditional shade shelters or wiltjas, 1,600 meters of walking tracks and raised pathways. Along the tracks an interpretation of the Aboriginal landscape and stories.

Uluru Sunse & Sunset Viewing

Uluru Sunse & Sunset Viewing

Kata Tjuta Sunrise & Sunset Viewing Areas

Kata Tjuta is located 32km West of Uluru (approx 50km by road), and is as impressive as Uluru. The 36 domes spread over more than 20km, the highest boulder rising 546m above the ground. There are two viewing areas that provide completely different perspectives of this conglomerate.

DUNE VIEWING AREA - views of Kata Tjuta and in the distance Uluru
Driving distance: 35 minutes from the resort

Along the road that takes you to Kata Tjuta's walks (Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds) you'll find the Sunrise Dune Viewing Area which offers a magnificent panoramic view of Kata Tjuta. From this perspective you can see how far and wide the 36 domes of Kata Tjuta spread.

Kata Tjuta Sunse & Sunset Viewing

Kata Tjuta Sunse & Sunset Viewing

SUNSET VIEWING AREA - classic Kata Tjuta view
Driving distance: 40 minutes from the resort

From this viewing area enjoy a beautiful classic view of Kata Tjuta at sunset. There are picnic and toilet facilities here.
TIP watch sunrise from this area and see Kata Tjuta in silhouette, with the sun rising from behind it.

Kata Tjuta Sunse & Sunset Viewing

Kata Tjuta Sunse & Sunset Viewing

Maps with Sunrise & Sunset Viewing Areas

Download these maps showing the sunrise/sunset viewing areas and walks at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Uluru sunrise & sunset areas

Uluru Map
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Close-up: Talinguru Nyakunytjaku 

Talinguru-nyakunytjaku Map
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Kata Tjuta sunrise & sunset areas

Kata Tjuta Walks and Viewing Areas
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Uluru Sunrise & Sunset Times

Much of a stay at Uluru revolves around sunrise and sunset, so be prepared and plan ahead. Here are the exact sunsrise and sunset times for the next few of months.

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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 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
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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. 

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. Please note: this tour will recommence 5 February 2018

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.
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