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Temperatures at Uluru can vary dramatically from 4°C in Winter to 40°C in Summer. Nights and mornings in Winter (June, Jul, Aug) can be very cold, while Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb) brings balmy nights. Rainfall is rare in this part of Australia.

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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 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 20 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

Ayers Rock Resort’s Emu Walk Apartments offer the luxury of newly renovated, fully serviced apartments with all the practicalities of home.
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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.

Interactive Didgeridoo Playing

Listen to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo while enjoying lunch at the Resort Town Square. Male guests have the opportunity to try it for themselves. You may like to purchase a didgeridoo at the nearby Craftworks and learn with your own instrument. Tour duration approx. 30 minutes. Note: Culturally, the didgeridoo is only played by males. We request your understanding and respect for Indigenous culture during this activity.

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 Weekend Escape

Your 2 night Weekend Escape offers the perfect solution to escape and ensure you are left with a lifetime of memories. Includes the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars, a Kata Tjuta and Uluru sunset tour as well as a camels ride to witness a sunrise that will take your breath away. There is also a host of free Indigenous activities.

3 Day Luxury Itinerary

Staying in a newly refurbished 1 bedroom apartment at Emu Walk Apartments, this itinerary includes the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner, an intimate Desert Awakenings tour, a breathtaking aerial view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and a whole host of FREE Indigenous activities to experience at Ayers Rock Resort. Your 2 night Luxury & Indulgence stay is overflowing with experiences that will leave you with a lifetime of lasting memories. This itinerary is suited to couples or 2 singles wanting that indulgent Outback break.

3 Day Luxury Itinerary

Staying at the 5 star Sails in the Desert Hotel in a Terrace Room with daily buffet breakfast, this itinerary includes the award-winning Sounds of Silence dinner, an intimate Desert Awakenings tour, a breathtaking aerial view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and a whole host of FREE Indigenous activities to experience at Ayers Rock Resort. Your 2 night Luxury & Indulgence stay is overflowing with experiences that will leave you with a lifetime of lasting memories. This itinerary is suited to couples or 2 singles wanting that indulgent Outback break.
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