Uluru has long staked its claim as one of Australia’s most iconic places to visit, but it recently gained another title that sets it apart from the rest.
Australia’s much-loved Northern Territory icon, Uluru, has been named by travel and luggage experts Bounce as the world’s most beautiful destination to watch a sunset. Uluru is one of Australia’s most culturally significant and beautiful destinations.
Scoring top marks for its sunset scenes, with a score of 9.13 out of 10, Uluru was mentioned in 19,284 sunset Instagram posts and 10,276 sunrise Instagram posts, highlighting its natural beauty. Light pollution at Uluru is also low, at 0.973 μcd/m2, making it the perfect stargazing spot.
Uluru is a magnificent site to behold from any angle at any time. (Image: Emily Murphy)
Coming in second was the Maldives, followed by other locations like Haleakalā in Hawaii, Santorini in Greece and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The Grand Canyon, Bali, Tanzania’s Serengeti, Boracay in the Philippines and Key West in Florida completed the top 10 list.
Located in the heart of the Red Centre on Anangu land, within the stunning Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the enormous sandstone monolith has been sacred to the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people as a living cultural landscape for millennia and attracts more than 250,000 people each year, according to Parks Australia.
Although sunset and sunrise are the money-making times to see Uluru, it’s a magnificent site to behold from any angle at any time. The rock formation cuts its shape through the blue sky with ease; its browns, reds and oranges change hue throughout the day depending on the light.
Uluru has been named the world’s most beautiful destination to watch a sunset. (Image: Anson Smart Photography)
From guided walking tours and camel rides to dining experiences and helicopter flights, there are myriad ways to respectfully experience it.
The recent opening of Wintjiri Wiru has attracted new and returning visitors as well. The storytelling experience has been a major calling card for tourists, especially those who want to experience the site through a First Nations lens. The captivating show tells a chapter of the ancestral Mala story using drones, light and sound.
Wintjiri Wiru has attracted new and returning visitors as well.