​10 top things to do at Uluru in Australia’s red centre where the Northern Territory desert creates a landscape that astonishes from dawn to dusk. 

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has been named in Lonely Planet’s Top 3 Best Places to See in the World!  Australia’s spiritual heartland was ranked third after Petra, Jordan and the Galapagos Islands in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List, confirming what many Australian’s already know: Uluru is an iconic, must-see destination!

While the Uluru climb is now permanently at the request of the traditional owners, the local Anangu people, there are still so many things to do at Uluru and around Ayers Rock Resort. Of course, you’re going to see a spellbinding sunrise and linger over a sunset, discover ancient stories and learn about local Anangu culture on an Uluru tour, but there’s more.

10 top things to do at Uluru

Here are 10 ways to add more thrill to your experience.

Walk with the wind

Climbing the rock is so last century and no longer allowed out of respect. Today it’s all about tapping into the Uluru’s spiritual energy and sharing some of the ancient legends and lore. Walk around the base of the rock, learn some of the legends, discover the secret silence. You don’t need to climb Uluru to be elevated here.

​Try bush foods

Never eaten kangaroo, emu or crocodile? Take the plunge with a tasting platter at Arnguli Grill, Desert Gardens Hotel. The portions are small, but the flavours are excellent. Go the whole way with a flight of matched wines to accentuate the flavour nuances.

Have damper for breakfast

Chow down on some true Aussie tucker with a slab of freshly cooked damper liberally doused in Golden Syrup in front of a campfire, while the morning sun lights up Uluru. Works for me! Follow it with the best bacon and egg roll and a guided tour around Uluru with plenty of local insights. Don’t miss a trip to the ‘lav’ after breakfast to enjoy a drop toilet fit for a king. There’s even a painting on the wall. Desert Awakenings is the tour to take you there. It’s $193 per person for this Uluru tour.

​Jump on a motorcycle

It’s double the excitement – you are at one with the world on the back of a bike, and there’s nothing between you and that big red rock. I’ve been around it by bus, car, helicopter and food and my money is on the motorcycle.  I didn’t climb Uluru when I could and have no regrets about that.

When the weather is warm, time your journey for the early or late hours of the day. Talk to the folk at Uluru Motorcycle Tours from $219 per person.  Do wear a helmet.  I took mine off for the photograph.

​Relax in the spa

It’s hot, cold, rainy, or you just feel like a treat? Head to the spa for a relaxing massage or facial. You’ll find yourself in capable hands and come out floating on air as I did. Talk to the folk at Red Ochre Spa, Sails in the Desert.

Ride a camel

They might be a feral pest, but behind a camel’s long, luscious lashes lie the smarts of an eight-year-old child. Hop on a camel for a comfy ride through the desert with a different perspective. Talk to Uluru Camel Tours. Costs from $80 per person.

​Paint your own

Take home a piece of the Red Centre by creating your own art in a dot painting workshop at Ayers Rock Resort. A Maruku Arts Dot Painting Workshop will have you painting under the guidance of a local Indigenous artist to great a story of your experience at Uluru. The two-hour workshops cost $72 per person.

​Cycle around the rock

Do it a different way and cycle around Uluru. You’ll see all the same sites, just a little quicker. The bikes come with helmets and there are designated, lockable parking stations at the best stopping points. It’s $50 each for a three-hour hire and includes helmets and a lock. More information at Outback Cycling.


Unpolluted by light, the skies in the red centre are perfect for stargazing. Take a guided tour of the night sky and look through a telescope at the Sounds of Silence dinner ($195 per person) or join a tour at Ayers Rock Resort.

​Learn about bush lore

If you want a guided bush walk or to listen to a bush yarn, check the daily free activities at Ayers Rock Resort.

Best tip

Go in Australia’s cooler months, June, July and August or plan your trip carefully in the summer months of December, January and February, so activities centre around the beginning and end of the day.

Visiting Uluru is a life-changing experience for many and deserves a place on the top three best places to see in the world in 2020.

Disclaimer: Ed+bK travelled and stayed as a guest of Sails in the Desert.