This year, the Red Centre was named as the number 4 region in the world to visit in 2019 by the prestigious Lonely Planet Best in Travel Awards. Handpicked by the travel experts, Experience Oz is pleased that the Northern Territory is finally getting the recognition we know it deserves.
The Red Centre in Central Australia is the sacred heart of Aboriginal Australia and provides visitors with an authentic outback travel experience with unique natural attractions including Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and of course the most famous icon of all, Uluru. Here are 7 magical ways to experience Uluru.
1. Camel Ride Tours
Trekking through the Australian outback, adventurers can explore one of Australia’s most iconic regions during a must do camel ride. You can join a 45 minute express ride during the day but the most magical time for a camel ride near Uluru is sunrise or sunset when the glow of the sun emphasises the vibrant colours of the famous landmark. This unforgettable experience is consistently voted as one of the Top 10 things to do in Australia.
2. Scenic Helicopter Flights
Uluru stands tall at 348 metres and the walk around the base is approximately 9.4km long. To put that into perspective, Uluru is taller than The Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Statue of Liberty in New York or The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The best way to view the Australian landmark in its entirety is from a scenic helicopter flight with spectacular photographs guaranteed. The travel bucket list item is not as expensive as you would think and smaller passenger numbers ensure the experience is personal.
3. Segway Tours
Not only are Segways a fun way to get around, but the ingenious two-wheeled personal transporter also lets you cover more ground to see this giant monolith up close at the mercy of your feet. Learn more about the sacred landmark and the history behind it during a guided tour with a local guide in the know.
4. Sunset Tour and BBQ Dinner
There is nothing more Australian than a BBQ but it is hard to compete with one under the stars in the desert after watching a sunset over Uluru. Local tours will take you to a sunset viewing area for wine and canapés where you have a front row seat to a colourful sunset before moving onto an outdoor venue for a BBQ dinner with even more sparkling wine.
5. Field of Light Uluru
The Field of Light art installation is the brainchild of acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. On display until 31 December 2020, the light installation features almost 50, 000 colourful globes that light up the night sky. Difficult to describe, it is one of those places that you have to see to believe. The fantasy garden can be found with a backdrop of Uluru. The fantasy garden can be found at the Ayers Rocks Resort with a stunning backdrop of Uluru.
6. Sounds of Silence Ayers Rock Resort
The Sounds of Silence dinner is one of Australia’s top culinary experiences in an incomparable setting overlooking the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. With the subtle tones of the didgeridoo in the backdrop, watch the sunset fall over Uluru with canapés and sparkling wine. The cultural experience gives diners an introduction to the aboriginal culture with traditional dance performances and a gourmet dinner featuring native bush tucker like crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and quandong. After dinner, a delicious dessert and evening talk by a local astronomer will have you locating the Southern Cross and naming all the planets and galaxies far, far away.
7. Skydiving from 12,000 ft
If you are feeling brave enough to take a skydive over the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park then you will be rewarded with aerial views of the iconic landmark from up to 12, 000ft. The scenic flight to reach elevation is worth it alone but there is no better adrenaline rush comparable to a skydive.