Uluru Tours

In the heart of Australia’s red centre lies one of the greatest, most iconic natural wonders of the world, Uluru (Ayers Rock), an enormous sandstone rock formation located in the Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park, in the vast southern region of the Northern Territory.

World Heritage Listed Uluru Tours

Despite its remote outback destination, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is one of Australia’s top tourist destinations and attracts more than 400,000 visitors per year arriving to Alice Springs or Yulara for their Uluru tour experience. Assigned as a World Heritage Site in 1987 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Uluru has been a sacred site and held special cultural and spiritual significance for the Pitjantjatjara, the indigenous custodians of the region, also known as the Anangu, for over 30,000 years.

Join an Uluru Tour and Visit The Worlds Largest Monolith

The landmark started forming over 550 million years ago due to changes in climatic conditions and the shifting of tectonic plates within the earth’s crust. The spectacular red colour of the rock is a result of the oxidation of iron-rich minerals rusting in the desert air over hundreds of thousands of years. The sandstone, composed with a high proportion of feldspar and quartz, changes colour throughout the day and is particularly striking at sunrise and sunset as the sun’s position amplifies the sandstone into an intense burnt orange and brilliant crimson red colour.

Uluru is considered an inselberg and is one of the world’s largest monoliths. It takes approximately 3 hours to walk around the rock and the sheer size of it is guaranteed to blow your mind. With so many sights and things to learn we strongly recommend a guided Uluru tour around the base. The enormous homogenous rock towers 348 metres high, rising 863 metres above sea level and stretching out 3.6 km long and 1.9km wide, with experts predicting it could also extend anywhere from 2.5 – 6kms underground.

Colonial History

In 1873 William Gosse, a colonial explorer, became the first non-Aboriginal person to see Uluru and named it Ayers Rock in honour of Sir Henry Ayers, the Chief Secretary of South Australia at the time. The two names, Ayers Rock and Uluru, have been used ever since. In 1985, the Australian government rightfully returned ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara people under an agreement that it would be leased back to the National Parks and Wildlife agency for 99 years and mutually managed.

The unnaturally smooth surface of Uluru is a result of the thousands of people who have climbed the rock over the years, despite ongoing objections and requests from the Anangu people. The Anangu consider themselves protectors of the rock and any visitors to their country. Climbing is strictly forbidden due to the important cultural and spiritual significance of the site and was eventually closed to the public and made illegal in 2019.

Uluru is a sacred Aboriginal site

Surrounded by an abundance of freshwater springs, gullies, waterholes, sacred caves, rock paintings and home to a diversity of native flora and fauna, this ancient oasis has been crucial to the survival of indigenous people and the many desert-dwelling animals in the region. Many of the caves and crevices around the base are reserved for sacred men’s or women’s rituals and ceremonies. For these reasons, the Aṉangu request that certain sections of Uluru are not photographed by visitors.

Whilst much of the Tjukurpa (religious philosophy and creation stories) is kept private for the Anangu people, it’s strongly believed that the rock was formed through a creation and destruction process by creator beings referred to as Tjukuritja or Waparitjaand that Uluru itself is a living being and resting place for ancestral spirits.

Join An Uluru Tour To Learn More About The Red Centre

If you would like to explore Uluru and learn more about this incredible landscape why not consider joining our 3 day Uluru tour from Alice Springs

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