Weather

Uluru is situated near the centre of a semi-arid desert, which most people would associate with a hot and dry climate. Temperatures can range from 5° C in July to 37° C in January.

Weather


Uluru is situated near the centre of a semi-arid desert, which most people would associate with a hot and dry climate. However, it surprises - in that the temperature can vary so dramatically. Temperatures can range from 5° C in July to 37° C in January.

What classifies a desert is the amount of rainfall it receives. On average Uluru-Kata Tjuta receives approximately 308mm (12 inches) per year. Not much at all. So you should consider it lucky if you get to see Uluru in the rain.

Desert climate, average temperatures range from approximately 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer.

Nights and mornings during winter are cold and guests should pack appropriate warm clothing.

For overseas visitors, Australian winter months are June, July, August and summer months are December, January and February.

Daytime temperatures during summer can exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Guests should ensure they pack sunscreen and a hat.

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Temperature Range


Average maximum temperatures:
37.8°C (100°F) in January and 20.2°C in July
Highest temperature recorded: 45.5°C (114°F) in February 1992 and that was in the shade! In the sun it was much hotter.

Average minimum temperatures:
4.7°C (40°F) in July and 22.3°C (72°F) in January
Lowest temperature recorded: minus 4°C (25°F) in July 2001 (on a winter's night).

Average Monthly Maximum Temperatures

 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

36

35

33

28

24

20

97

95

91

82

75

68

 

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

19

23

27

31

34

35

66

73

81

88

93

95


Water and Rain

Australia is a dry continent. About 70% of it is arid or semi-arid, receiving less than 500mm (about two inches) of rain per year, and most years it's less than 250mm).

Uluru-Kata Tjuta averages 308mm (about 12 inches) rain each year. Uluru-Kata Tjuta is a long way from the coast where most rain originates, and there are only a few large mountains in Central Australia to generate rain.


Why cyclones are good news

The rain that does fall is very unpredictable. Rain can fall any time in the year. Sometimes rain falls in winter when low pressure troughs moving across southern Australia extend north to Uluru to produce cold weather and occasional widespread rain. More rain falls in summer. This is usually from tropical depressions or ex-cyclones that have petered out after crossing the northern Australian coastline.

The desert welcomes any rain.


Sunrise & Sunset Times

For the sunrise and sunset times for Uluru, visit Geoscience Australia: 
Sunrise and sunset times for 2015

Kata Tjuta sunset silhouette

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15min Rock Blast (Daytime)

Launch off on a Rock Blasting adventure, taking in the sights of Ayers Rock Resort and surrounding deserts on the way to Uluru; a panorama of breathtaking scenery unique to the Red Centre.  Tour duration is approx. 1 hour.

15min Rock Only (Daytime)

For those on a budget or if your time is limited, this is the quickest way to see Uluru. A 15 minute scenic flight takes you past Voyages Ayers Rock Resort and onto Uluru. It is also possible to see Kata Tjuta in the distance.  Tour duration is approx. 1 hour.

2 day Uluru and Kata Tjuta Transfer Pass

This pass enables you to explore Uluṟu & Kata Tjuṯa from sunrise to sunset, as many times as you wish for the 2 days of the pass.
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Ayers Rock Campground

Located within the Ayers Rock Resort, the well-equipped campground is an ideal base from which to experience the beauty of the living cultural landscape in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Desert Gardens Hotel

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is centrally located to all resort and touring facilities and offers a range of accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms overlooking the desert.

Emu Walk Apartments

Sheltered behind gardens of native trees and forming a walkway through the heart of the Resort, Emu Walk Apartments are Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's 4 star self contained apartments.
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Bush Yarn at the Circle of Sand

Welcome to the Circle of Sand, the Indigenous heart of Ayers Rock Resort. You will quickly become captivated by the yarns told by an Indigenous storyteller about Aboriginal history, culture and traditional techniques used on the land. Dependant on the season, learn about traditional bushtucker or an Indigenous man’s “survival kit” including weapons such as katjii (hunting spears), tjutinpa (clubs), kali (boomerangs) and miru (spear thrower). Tour duration approx 30 minutes.

Wakagetti Cultural Dancers

Wakagetti, meaning “Dance”, will open your mind and heart to Indigenous culture through an authentic dance performance. Learn about each performer's heritage, participate in cultural dancing and take a moment to interact with the troupe. This is a unique experience you will never forget. Tour duration approx. 1 hour.

Garden Walk - Sails in the Desert

Meet with an Indigenous guide who will take you on a journey around the Sails in the Desert gardens pointing out the local flora. Learn how Indigenous people traditionally lived by using the bush for food and medicinal purposes. Alternatively, collect a free Garden Walk Pocket Guide from your hotel reception for a self-guided tour. Tour duration approx. 1 hour.
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2 night Tjungu Festival

Staying at the 41/2 star Desert Gardens Hotel, celebrate the best of Australian Indigenous culture in three majestic days during this lively Indigenous festival. With three signature events included - the ‘Tastes of Tjungu’, a commemorative Indigenous Australians at War Lunch and an elevated view of the Tjungu Fashion Parade and Final Night Concert, as well as a Desert Awakenings sunrise tour that will take you up close to Uluru, you will be well and truly immersed in the magic of this living cultural landscape. This itinerary is suited for families with children aged 10 and over.

2 night Tjungu Festival

Staying in a newly refurbished 1 bedroom apartment at Emu Walk Apartments, celebrate the best of Australian Indigenous culture in three majestic days during this lively Indigenous festival. With three signature events included - the ‘Tastes of Tjungu’, a commemorative Indigenous Australians at War Lunch and an elevated view of the Tjungu Fashion Parade and Final Night Concert, as well as a Desert Awakenings sunrise tour that will take you up close to Uluru, you will be well and truly immersed in the magic of this living cultural landscape. This itinerary is suited for adults and children aged 10 and over.

2 night Tjungu Festival

Staying at the 5 star Sails in the Desert hotel, there’s no better way to explore the spiritual heart of Australia and enjoy the best of what the Tjungu festival has to offer. With three signature events included - the ‘Tastes of Tjungu’, a commemorative Indigenous Australians at War Lunch and an elevated view of the Tjungu Fashion Parade and Final Night Concert, as well as a Desert Awakenings sunrise tour that will take you up close to Uluru, you will be well and truly immersed in the magic of this living cultural landscape.
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