8 ways to explore Uluru without climbing it
The most spectacular ways to see Uluru for any traveller.
Just because the controversial Uluru climb is closing down for good, it doesn't mean you won't be able to connect with this spiritual place in other ways.
In fact, there are over a hundred experiences involving Australia's Red Centre including sunset walks at the base and a true blue barbeque dinner at sunset.
Here's some inspiration to help you plan your next trip to Uluru to make sure you get everything out of the experience.
Take in all the views
The next best thing to climbing to the top of Uluru is hovering over it during a scenic helicopter flight. Not only will you be able to take in the spectacular views of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park but you'll also get a unique vantage point of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Looking for something a bit more extreme? How about ticking off two bucket list items in one go with a tandem skydive over Uluru at sunrise? This will surely be one experience you'll remember for a lifetime.
There is a free ranger-guided Mala Walk but you can get in before all the crowds with a guided sunrise base walk. Walk the entirety of Uluru and witness it come alive with the gorgeous, fiery colours of the outback. You'll also get to visit sacred Aboriginal sites, see Aboriginal rock art and get close enough to touch Uluru.
Fun for the whole family
If you've got the kids with you or you're just looking for a more gentle way to take in Uluru then why not let someone else do the walking and relax with a camel tour.
If you haven't ridden a camel before, the experience alone could be worth it. You get to learn more about central Australia's famous animals plus the added benefit of taking in the beauty of Ayers Rock.
Also consider a workshop like this fun introduction to the unique desert art form, dot painting. Learn about the symbols and painting styles and be inspired to complete your own story in painting.
On two wheels
If you'd rather see Uluru at a quicker pace, think about a segway tour. With all the time you'll save on walking, you'll get to fit in a visit to the beautiful Mutitjulu Waterhole before gliding your way around Uluru.
Or, go at your own pace and rent a bike so you can stop whenever you like to take pictures and, most importantly, take in the view.
Once in a lifetime...
The critically acclaimed Field of Light installation has been extended until 31 December 2020 and is definitely something you should catch while you can.
Spanning over more than seven football fields, this fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light creates a living, breathing desert-scape and a visual manifestation of the spiritual nature of the destination.
Ready for your trip to Uluru?
If you're all set to explore and keen to plan your trip, check out our Red Centre and Uluru Guide for guidance on the best time to go (winter is ideal for stargazing and hiking), where to stay (Sails in the Desert is just 10 minutes away!) and everything else you need to know.