Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
With hundreds of thousands of tourists drawn in from around the world, Ayers Rock Resort and its associated tour operators offer a variety of ways to tackle the iconic formations of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Dine with a view under the stars, take a scenic flight or helicopter ride, hire bicycles, take a guided hike or motorcycle tour, skydive, mount a Segway, pop on a hop-on, hop-off bus. There’s also free daily activities that include a Bush Food Experience, learning about Anangu culture and history, guided nature walks, and indigenous art programs. The Wintjiri Arts and Museum will tell you everything you need to know about the region, and dining ranges from campground BBQs to high-end restaurants.
Length of Trip : 2-3 days.
Cost : Depends on the experiences you choose (scenic flight, camel ride, the Sounds of Silence dinner) and your length of stay.
Best time to go : May to September
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : We recommend breakfast or lunch at the Kulata Academy Café, which supports trainees of the National Indigenous Training Academy. There are various dining options at the resort, from pubs to high end restaurants.
Official Site : https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/
Where to Stay : The Ayers Rock Resort offers various accommodation that ranges from the plush five star Sails in the Desert to the Ayers Rock Campground. We stayed in Desert Gardens which was spacious, modern, and had a view of Uluru.
Getting There : There are daily flights to Ayers Rock Airport at Yulara. Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly directly into Ayers Rock Airport from Sydney. Qantas operate daily flights to Ayers Rock Airport via Alice Springs from Sydney. All three airlines offer connecting flights from most capital cities to Ayers Rock Airport. It takes about three hours to fly from Sydney to Uluru.
Note from Robin : An oasis in the desert, 443 kilometres from the nearest centre of Alice Springs, Ayers Rock Resort has a permanent population of around one thousand people. The resort is the fourth largest settlement in the Northern Territory, operating as a small town. It is located about twenty kilometres from the great rock itself, and fifty kilometres from the domed heads of the lesser-known yet just as magnificent Kata Tjuta (formerly known as the Olgas). In 1994, UNESCO awarded Uluru-Kata Tjuta heritage status for its outstanding natural and cultural status.