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Top Things To Know About Uluru With Popular Day Tours
Posted: Dec 22, 2018
No Australian trip, be it a family vacation, a honeymoon, a holiday or even a weekend getaway is complete without a visit at the ‘heart of the continent’ on an Uluru day trip. Uluru, a homogeneous monolith that stands 348 metres high and 2.5 times the height of Sydney Harbour Bridge, lies in the middle of the Australian Outback. The area is scorching during the day and chilly at night. The major characteristic of the monolith is the way it changes colour!
The local Anangu calls "Ayers Rock" (its modern name), Uluru. It was titled in 1873 honouring Sir Henry Ayers, the then Chief Secretary of South Australia. Technically an inselberg (an isolated rock hill that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or level surrounding plain) is red-brown because of its high concentrations of oxidized Iron carrying minerals, or simply put, rust.
It is during the months of May to September when the weather is cooler and less humid, that tourism at Uluru reaches its peak. November to March is usually a bit too hot for most visitors (temperatures often reach over 40° C) so it is advisable that budgeted trips to Uluru be conducted during the shoulder months of April-May or September-October! This way, high seasonal prices can be avoided and you get to enjoy sightseeing at a leisurely pace!
Another geological structure that often steals the limelight is Kata Tjuta. These 36 domed rock formations (bornhardts) are iconic sandstone structures which were formed over millions of years of erosion. Uluru holds great significance in sacred ceremonies of the Aboriginals. A visit to Kata Tjuta is sure to add more value to your Uluru day trip experience!
Uluru often gives an impression of being a faraway destination. But this is not the case, as it is easily accessible via flights to Ayers Rock Airport, from where one can drive to Uluru. With the quintessential town Alice Springs nearby, you will never have a hard time finding accommodation options in Uluru! During sunrise and sunset, Uluru turns into a magical experience transforming itself into a canvas of shades lighting up the whole landscapes in surreal colours! This is the reason why Uluru sunrises and sunsets have ruled the lists of top things to do in Uluru for the longest time!
Alongside Kata Tjuta, Uluru is a World Heritage listed site and a well preserved National Park. Opening in the morning at 5 am every day for the Uluru Base walk, the site becomes a centre of attraction for tourists of all shapes and sizes! A bike ride that takes over 2 hours promises a good holiday workout while riding a camel is a great alternative to all the lazy bums visiting! Participate in a guided Mala walk, learn more about the Anangu culture, rock art and more, hear the stories of the ‘Mala’ or the hare-wallaby people and so much more during your tour!
Even though climbing Uluru is legal, it is strictly forbidden by the laws of the land’s traditional owners. Now that you know of the many tales, book an Uluru day tour and spend a holiday full of stories here!
Merlin Jakes traverses the world during her free time, taking her to various exotic places, ticking off her travel bucket list one by one.