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Top 5 Things to do in Uluru

22nd September 2015

So you’re ready to tick Uluru off your bucket list but don’t know where to start? There are so many ways to experience this natural wonder in all its glory, from cycling around the base to taking flight and even sky diving over the red surrounds. Uluru has to be seen to be believed - even the prettiest postcard won’t prepare you for the striking beauty of Australia’s most famous landmark. Here are our top five things to do.

Uluru and the desert surrounds are striking. Uluru and the desert surrounds are striking.

Take a camel ride at sunset

One of the most iconic Australian experiences is a camel ride at Uluru as the sun sets. Watch in awe as the sky lights up in a kaleidoscope of colours, as you meander around the base of the stunning monolith atop your friendly camel. Take the time to marvel at the natural wonders that sit before you and watch closely as Uluru and Kata Tjuta shimmer as the sun slowly disappears. Camel tours generally run for approximately 1.5 hours.

Experience a Sounds of Silence dinner

Treat yourself to a sumptuous meal under the incredible outback sky with Uluru as your backdrop. This once-in-a-lifetime experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine on the viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The main event will be a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients as you are seated beneath the stars. Soak in the magical atmosphere as you enjoy a truly unforgettable dining experience.

The Sounds of Silence dinner is an iconic local experience and one to remember. The Sounds of Silence dinner is an iconic local experience and one to remember.

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Cycle around Uluru

You may be surprised to learn that Uluru has a circumference of nearly 10 kilometres. To truly appreciate every angle, consider joining a cycle tour. Outback Cycling offers bike hire seven days a week, so you can ride the marked pathways, getting up close to the red monolith without tiring your legs. You’ll be able to cover more ground on two wheels, allowing you to see every inch of the beautiful landmark. Just be aware that cyclists are asked to travel anti-clockwise around Uluru, while pedestrians go clockwise.

Enjoy a scenic flight or helicopter ride

You must experience Uluru on foot but for the ultimate views of this natural wonder, consider embarking on a scenic flight or helicopter ride. Not only will you have a bird’s eye view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta but also surrounding inspiring landmarks including Lake Amadeus and Kings Canyon. From the sky, you can witness the contrast of colours as the sun sets over the red outback, or choose to get up early and watch the sun rise.

The striking red-orange sands of Australia's Red Centre. The striking red-orange sands of Australia's Red Centre.

Go sky diving

Have you always wanted to tick sky diving off your bucket list? There is certainly no better place for the ultimate adrenaline rush than Ayers Rock. Feel the wind in your hair as you freefall back to earth with breathtaking 360 degree views of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and beyond. Thrill seekers will love flying through the air with the red rocks shimmering below. Tandem sky diving is the ultimate outback adventure – one you will never forget!

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