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. Watch the remarkable changing colours of Uluru as the sun rises or sets over the desert landscape.
The apparent colour changes 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.
There are a couple of designated platform viewing areas landscaped into the sand dunes, offering optimum panoramic views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the background.
Recently a new platform was added, an Uluru Sunrise viewing area for Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, which in the local aboriginal language means "place to look from the sand dune" offering visitors a new perspective on this Australian icon. Just 3km from Uluru the new area also features traditional shade shelters or witjas, 1600 meters of walking tracks and raised pathways and interpretation of the Aboriginal landscape and stories.
Pack a small picnic, get your camera at the ready and sit back and enjoy the spectacular views as the sun rises or sets on another day.
Sunrise & Sunset Times
For the sunrise and sunset times for Uluru, visit Geoscience Australia:
Sunrise and sunset times for 2015