Now more than ever we need a holiday. With COVID still an issue, going overseas isn’t as appealing or as easy as it used to be. Luckily, Australia has its own perfect holiday destinations that are well within reach, and perhaps the most iconic of these is Uluru.
Sacred to the Anangu people of the Northern Territory, Uluru is a 467 kilometer drive southwest of Alice Springs and is absolutely teeming with cultural experiences and gorgeous natural formations, including (of course) the world-famous sandstone formation that simply takes your breath away from the very sight.
While we’ve all seen photographs of this monumental landmark, experiencing the sheer grandeur of the site in person is something else. But, where do you start if you want to experience the best of Uluru? That’s where the Uluru & Surrounds itinerary comes in, just one of the many fantastic itineraries available to help you plan out the perfect trip to the Red Centre.
A seven-day trip, the Uluru & Surrounds holiday not only takes you to the sacred formation itself but gives you a grand tour of every aspect of the area. You’ll experience the area’s breathtaking landmarks in some incredibly unique ways – hikes, motorcycle rides, camel-back rides, skydives, scenic flights, and much more, while also experiencing a multitude of walking trails, delectable eats, and more views than you could ever hope to soak in.
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Beginning at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, you’ll start by gaining an understanding and appreciation of the local indigenous culture of the Anangu people and their 30,000+ years of history. You’ll be able to view art, see craft demonstrations, and even join a bush tucker session with guided walks by local experts.
If you would prefer to get your adrenaline pumping, you can skydive near Uluru to soak up the panoramic views. For the not-so-adventurous, you can see the gorgeous views from the comfort of a helicopter or motorcycle, then retreat in the evening to Field of Light – an incredible light installation designed by internationally renowned artist, Bruce Munro.
The next few days of the seven-day itinerary takes you through the desert scenery by camel-back, and on walking tours led by indigenous guides around the base of Uluru via a 10.6 kilometer trek. Ending your day with the Sounds of Silence dinner experience and its 360-degree view of the outback sunset – with native dishes, Australian wines, bush salads, which is followed with an Aboriginal dance performance and ended with guided tours of the glistening night sky.
While Uluru is definitely the main show, Kata Tjuta is right around the corner. It’s a series of enormous rock domes that date back more than 500 million years. You can take a drive to the dune viewing area that offers a panoramic view of the landscape. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can also go on The Walpa Gorge Walk or head to the Valley of the Winds walk.
Obviously, the Northern Territory’s Uluru & Surrounds itinerary offers some of the best views in the country, but the territory is also jam-packed with sights to see, culture to learn about, and adventures to experience – from Darwin to Alice Springs, Katherine to Kakadu, and everywhere in between. With the Northern Territory’s Summer Sale currently in full swing, there’s never been a better time to explore this great destination – especially those who are fully vaccinated, as those with both jabs can skip the quarantine and get right to experiencing what the NT has to offer.
It goes without saying that Australia has some of the greatest nature, culture, and sights on offer, and nowhere are they in more abundance than the Northern Territory. And with so many opportunities to drink it all in, now is the perfect time to explore the grandeur of the NT.
Keen to see what else is available? There are countless adventures to be had, with a plethora of both city and country, wildlife and outdoor encounters, and experiences to explore around every corner. The NT Summer Sale is offering multiple complete packages, such as Alice Springs and MacDonnell Ranges, Uluru Short Stay at Sails in the Desert, or the 4 nights Kings Canyon & Uluru Experience.