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Uluru is an iconic Australian destination. This giant red monolith is one of the world’s most majestic natural creations and is considered by many to be the spiritual heart of Indigenous Australia.

Though located in one of the country’s most remote regions, Uluru is well-serviced for visitors and is in fact one of Australia’s top tourist destinations. There is plenty to do in the area and lots of opportunities to learn about Indigenous history and culture through tours, walks and the excellent Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre at the base of ‘the rock’, as Uluru is known locally.

There are numerous tracks around the 15-kilometre base of Uluru that can be experienced through bushwalks, bicycle rides, car rides, Harley-Davidson motorcycle tours and more. Many of the local Indigenous cultural tours will take you to specific areas around the base of Uluru where you can see rock art that is thousands of years old, learn about the traditional stories and mythology surrounding the rock and feel the Tjukurpa or ancient wisdom of the area.

Uluru is just a few hours’ flight from various Australian cities or approximately six hours’ drive from the nearest major town, Alice Springs. When visiting the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your base will be the small town of Yulara, just 10 minutes’ drive from the Park entrance. Here you will find numerous accommodation and dining options, from unpowered campsites to six-star luxury tent accommodation with the finest French champagne chilled and awaiting your arrival. Dinner is at any one of the numerous local restaurants or in the company of a million stars at the Sounds of Silence dining experience.

Uluru will not disappoint – it is at its very best at sunrise or sunset and its majesty will silence you in an instant. It’s Australia’s most unforgettable destination.

© Louise Denton

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