We think it is truly magical to have such a magnificent, unique piece of Mother Nature that is so special to the Indigenous people of Australia – Uluru. The single word alone is so powerful, lending itself to the massive sandstone found in the Australian Outback in Northern Territory. Given that is such a formidable part of Aboriginal culture, adding Uluru to your travel bucket list is an absolute must! Here’s 5 reasons why you should visit Uluru…
1. Learn about Aboriginal culture.
For the Anangu people, their culture has always existed here with the belief that the landscapes (like Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta) were created at the beginning of time by their ancestors. They believe that, as direct descendants, they’re responsible for the protection of these lands; and have lived in the surrounding area around Uluru and Kata Tjuta for at least 30,000 years. We would recommend a locally guided tour at the base of Uluru to learn about its historic significance to the Anangu people, complete with Aboriginal rock paintings and sacred stories.
2. From sunrise…
We love a good sunrise, but one at Uluru is something else. As the sun begins its ascent into the sky, the changing hues of the sky juxtaposed against the awe-inspiring landscapes are simply magical in that it seems to change the colour of the red sandstone walls of Uluru itself. A desert sunrise is an unforgettable experience and well worth the early start!
3. …to sunset.
With a glass of bubbles in hand, sit back, relax and toast to your Outback adventure while the sun begins to show off its spectacular sunset hues. Fun tip: set your camera or phone up to capture a timelapse of the sun setting, creating a unique way to remember your time spent here!
Rug up for a dinner under the stars and by candlelight, a beautiful way to tempt your tastebuds with a meal carefully crafted with local, fresh ingredients. Once you’ve had your fill, look to the night sky as the resident astronomer talks you through the universe set out above you. Can you spot the Alpha Centauri?
4. Marvel at the Field of Light.
A visit to Uluru wouldn’t be complete without visiting the incredible Field of Light art exhibition by British artist Bruce Munro. Glowing throughout the night, delicate stems of light cover 49,000 square metres of land creating a visual and audio experience. Each light stem is handcrafted, recyclable and entirely solar-powered – how neat is that?
5. Explore the nearby area.
Whilst Uluru is the main icon here, you should also make time to explore the surrounding area. For example, Kata Tjutu also boasts an incredible natural formation of 36 dome-like rocks, translating to “many heads” in Aboriginal language. The Aborigines believe that these domes are home to the spirit energies and still use this area for religious ceremonies. If you’re an active-holidayer, you can explore the area by taking one of two main walking tracks – The Valley of the Winds or The Walpa Gorge. Both provide unique landscapes and epic views!
We offer two tours through the Northern Territory so don’t delay in booking! You can check out the Globus 6-day Gems of the Red Centre tour here; and the Cosmos 11-day Top End & Central Australia Explorer tour here.