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Holidays to Ayers Rock and Alice Springs

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Ayers Rock? All yours.

Go on holiday to Uluru and Alice Springs and explore two world famous icons, set in the remarkable Red Centre of Australia’s Northern Territory. 

Alice Springs is known as simply ‘Alice’ locally and, if you hear the town described as an oasis, it’s not an exaggeration. When the surrounding Red Centre’s hot, it’s very hot. The landscape is pure drama, with barely any greenery. And then there’s Alice – like a long breath of cool air with its tree-lined streets, shady markets, bright cafés and restaurants, pretty laneways, art galleries, museums and lively year-round festivals.

Head out of town, and you’ll find it’s a lot more rugged. This is the area to rim-walk spectacular Kings Canyon and hike the legendary Larapinta Trail, or at least some of it. It’s known for waterhole swimming pools and grand gorges. And, if you want majestic rock formations, this is home territory to one of the most famous rocks in the world. It’s sure to be the highlight of your holiday to Alice Springs.

Mysterious Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock – sits in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, to the west of Alice Springs. It’s a World Heritage site, but the monument and all the surrounding land belongs to the Anangu people. There are a number of ways to explore Uluru and its sister, Kata Tjuta, though these days no one is allowed to set foot on the rocks themselves. But guided Dreamtime walks with locals, stately camel trains and even hot-air balloon flights are more than enough to let you see why this sacred landscape is so deeply interwoven with ancient Aboriginal culture, myth and legend. 

Uluru is a five-hour drive – or 50-minute flight – from Alice Springs. So much more than a day trip, this experience is worth as much time as you can give. To completely immerse yourself, stay at Desert Gardens Hotel in the Ayers Rock Resort, and admire Uluru from sunrise to sunset and beyond – the stargazing here is astonishing. 

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Best time to go

Things to do

Justifying its oasis-like reputation, Alice Springs does plenty to stay cool when the sun’s up. Get your bearings on a hop-on/hop-off bus and tour the town in air-conditioned comfort. Make for the Araluen Cultural Precinct and browse Albert Namatjira Gallery and the Museum of Central Australia. Then spend some time wandering around the stalls at Todd Mall Market. It’s one of the oldest in the town, and sells everything from local honey to arts and crafts. 

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For an early hint of the rugged Red Centre, head to Alice Springs Desert Park. It’s just a few kilometres from town and the place to gaze on wild birds, learn about Aboriginal history, get up close to wallabies, and discover the desert landscape in miniature. And, if you want to experience even more authentic culture, tuck in to a Starlight Bush Dinner. Your meal will be created with native ingredients, cooked by Aboriginal chefs, and served under the vast Alice Springs night sky. 

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Activities near Ayers Rock

West of Alice Springs, the Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park lets you hike a little of the Larapinta Trail and cool off in a few of the Red Centre’s world famous waterholes. If you want exceptional scenic grandeur and an excuse to really stretch your legs, walk around Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. It’s a bit of a climb, but worth it for views of the Garden of Eden and ancient rock formations known as ‘The Lost City’. 

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Kings Creek Walk is easier and you can gaze up at the Canyon walls. Or book a Watarrka tour with Aboriginal guides and learn about dot painting, desert insects and native plants. 

For an overview of the West MacDonnell Ranges and all their wonders, book a helicopter ride. Pilots are local experts and it’s a good way to see a lot and keep cool, especially if you visit Uluru and Alice Springs during summer.  

 

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Days out at Uluru and Alice Springs

You could probably spend a lifetime exploring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and still only scratch the surface. It’s the heartland of Aboriginal life which – at 50,000-years-old and counting – is now the oldest living culture on the planet. So take it easy, soak up the atmosphere and choose experiences to suit your mood. 

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You can pick camel rides round Ayers Rock, take a driving tour or even go about by bike. But to get up closest, join a Dreamtime walk with an Anangu guide and learn the mysteries of the rock from a true expert. Magnificent domed Kata Tjuta is Uluru’s sister rock and another must-see with local guides. Make sure to visit Wintjiri Arts and Museum, or catch a Maruku dot painting workshop. And make sure you get up early at least once to witness the sunrise over Uluru – it’ll give you a small hint as to why this mythical landscape is considered so sacred.   

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Best time to visit Uluru and Alice Springs

The climate in Uluru and Alice Springs is dry and arid. There’s very little rainfall here and summer can be extremely hot, but freezing temperatures on winter nights are not at all unusual. 

Autumn is one of the best times for your Ayers Rock holiday, as the days are warm and bright, with temperatures ranging from 12 to 28°C between March and May. There’s always plenty of sun, while the evenings are cool but not uncomfortable.

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Spring is a good time to go, too, with daytime temperatures hovering around 15°C in September, and rising to 30°C by November. The nights are cool and dry but, if you like dramatic weather, you’ll be pleased to know this is also the season for astonishing thunderstorms.

Come summer, temperatures start to soar, so it’s not always the best time for your holiday. Between December and February, the days are dry and sunny, with highs of 40°C. When winter finally arrives in June, temperatures plummet and single figures are the norm from July to August.  

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Things to do

Things to do

Justifying its oasis-like reputation, Alice Springs does plenty to stay cool when the sun’s up. Get your bearings on a hop-on/hop-off bus and tour the town in air-conditioned comfort. Make for the Araluen Cultural Precinct and browse Albert Namatjira Gallery and the Museum of Central Australia. Then spend some time wandering around the stalls at Todd Mall Market. It’s one of the oldest in the town, and sells everything from local honey to arts and crafts. 

Show More
Show Less

For an early hint of the rugged Red Centre, head to Alice Springs Desert Park. It’s just a few kilometres from town and the place to gaze on wild birds, learn about Aboriginal history, get up close to wallabies, and discover the desert landscape in miniature. And, if you want to experience even more authentic culture, tuck in to a Starlight Bush Dinner. Your meal will be created with native ingredients, cooked by Aboriginal chefs, and served under the vast Alice Springs night sky. 

Show More
Show Less

Activities

Activities near Ayers Rock

West of Alice Springs, the Tjoritja West MacDonnell National Park lets you hike a little of the Larapinta Trail and cool off in a few of the Red Centre’s world famous waterholes. If you want exceptional scenic grandeur and an excuse to really stretch your legs, walk around Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. It’s a bit of a climb, but worth it for views of the Garden of Eden and ancient rock formations known as ‘The Lost City’. 

Show More
Show Less

Kings Creek Walk is easier and you can gaze up at the Canyon walls. Or book a Watarrka tour with Aboriginal guides and learn about dot painting, desert insects and native plants. 

For an overview of the West MacDonnell Ranges and all their wonders, book a helicopter ride. Pilots are local experts and it’s a good way to see a lot and keep cool, especially if you visit Uluru and Alice Springs during summer.  

 

Show More
Show Less

Days out

Days out at Uluru and Alice Springs

You could probably spend a lifetime exploring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and still only scratch the surface. It’s the heartland of Aboriginal life which – at 50,000-years-old and counting – is now the oldest living culture on the planet. So take it easy, soak up the atmosphere and choose experiences to suit your mood. 

Show More
Show Less

You can pick camel rides round Ayers Rock, take a driving tour or even go about by bike. But to get up closest, join a Dreamtime walk with an Anangu guide and learn the mysteries of the rock from a true expert. Magnificent domed Kata Tjuta is Uluru’s sister rock and another must-see with local guides. Make sure to visit Wintjiri Arts and Museum, or catch a Maruku dot painting workshop. And make sure you get up early at least once to witness the sunrise over Uluru – it’ll give you a small hint as to why this mythical landscape is considered so sacred.   

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Uluru and Alice Springs

The climate in Uluru and Alice Springs is dry and arid. There’s very little rainfall here and summer can be extremely hot, but freezing temperatures on winter nights are not at all unusual. 

Autumn is one of the best times for your Ayers Rock holiday, as the days are warm and bright, with temperatures ranging from 12 to 28°C between March and May. There’s always plenty of sun, while the evenings are cool but not uncomfortable.

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Show Less

Spring is a good time to go, too, with daytime temperatures hovering around 15°C in September, and rising to 30°C by November. The nights are cool and dry but, if you like dramatic weather, you’ll be pleased to know this is also the season for astonishing thunderstorms.

Come summer, temperatures start to soar, so it’s not always the best time for your holiday. Between December and February, the days are dry and sunny, with highs of 40°C. When winter finally arrives in June, temperatures plummet and single figures are the norm from July to August.  

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