Best time to visit Uluru
You can visit Uluru any time of the year – the resort and national park are open year-round – but desert temperatures are extreme, with summer temperatures often nudging more than 45˚C. Summer is also when the flies are at their friendliest, and are annoying enough to spoil your holiday, even if you wear a fly net (which you can buy at the Uluru visitors centre).
The best time to visit is during the winter months, between May and October, when days are mild and sunny, but night-time temperatures are freezing. Bring plenty of warm clothes for sunrises and sunset outings because that’s the best time to see the rock as it changes colour in the soft light.
Flights to Uluru
The easiest way to see this sacred monolith is to fly direct to Ayers Rock Airport (Yulara), which is about 22km north of Uluru, then book in at one of Ayers Rock Resort’s hotels, which includes glampsite Longitude 131°. A free shuttle bus circulates the resort daily, making it easy to get around once you’re there.
Alternatively, you can catch a tour bus from Alice Springs, which is a five-hour drive to the north-east. There are no trains to Uluru – the nearest train station is at Alice Springs.
Driving to Uluru
Driving to Uluru from Alice Springs is a great option, as you’ll arrive at Uluru with a deeper understanding of the Red Centre, and a better perspective of just how big it is. You can hire cars in Alice Springs and one-way hire is available if you want to drive in and fly out.
Alice Springs to Ayers Rock Resort is 450km down the Stuart and Lasseter highways, approximately 4.5 hours drive on sealed roads. There are four petrol stations along the way.
You can also drive to Uluru from Alice Springs via Kings Canyon – another breathtaking spot – on the Red Centre Way through the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges. It’s dusty and bit bumpy, but one of the outback’s best road trips.