Are you thinking of doing the long weekend at Uluru? If you aren’t then you should! From the 30th of March through to the 2nd of April this year is the Easter long weekend. There’s no better way to spend that time than on a trip the Red Centre. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and nearby Ayers Rock Resort are the perfect setting for an exciting and unforgettable Easter holiday. To help those of you out there who aren’t too sure where to start with the planning, we’ve come up with the perfect itinerary for the four-day weekend:
Morning – Make sure you’ve pack your bags and have someone to watch the dog. It’s time to fly and start your long weekend at Uluru!
Midday – Direct flights from Melbourne or Sydney will get you to the local airport at Yulara around midday. After touch down, grab your bags and hop on the free airport transfer bus that will take you to your accommodation within Ayers Rock Resort. Leave your bags and set out to explore town, grab some lunch at a restaurant or cafe, browse souvenir shops or maybe even book an appointment at the spa.
Evening – After exploring the resort it’s time to get ready for your evening tour. We suggest a sunset camel ride. This tour takes you over and around beautiful sand dunes on the ever cute – camels. You’ll experience uninterrupted views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Arrive back at the Camel Farm and be treated to beer, wine, soft drink and beer bread damper.
Morning – Getting up early is always worth it in the red centre. This morning you’ll be going on a Sunrise Segway tour. After being collected from your accommodation we’ll head to a quiet spot right next to Uluru where you can enjoy the sunrise and a light breakfast. After watching the colours change on Uluru it’s time for Segway training. Then set off on a guided tour around the full base of Uluru. Learn about the geology, culture and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty that is Uluru. To finish up the mornings activity be led by your guide into the magical Mutitjulu waterhole, whilst in the area, keep a look out for ancient rock art!
To book a Sunrise & Segway tour click here.
Midday – After the early start, have a lazy lunch or perhaps lounge by the pool, or even have a nap. Once you’ve sufficiently recharged your batteries why not check out some of the free activities ran in the town square. These include a Bush Food Experience, Didgeridoo Workshop and Bush Yarns in Town Square, or the Wintjiri Arts and Museum near Desert Gardens, just to name a few. All of these and more are a great way to gain a further understanding and appreciation of the culture and environment out here.
Evening – To end a great day, indulge in dinner under the stars at the spectacular Field of Lights. After getting picked up and taken to the Field of lights you’ll enjoy canapés and champaign as you watch the sun set, before being seated and enjoying a delicious dinner full of native flavours and influences. During dinner you’ll be treated to a fascinating and informative Star Talk before you’re led down into the Field of Lights where you’ll be able to wonder amongst the 50,000 hand blown lights and beneath the stunning night sky.
Morning – There isn’t just one big red rock out here, whilst in the Red Centre be sure to visit Kata-Tjuta as well. Kata Tjuta has always been overshadowed by its sibling, despite the fact that its taller and covers a larger area! Start this morning with either an AAT Kings or SEIT tour. There are various options depending on your fitness and the amount of time you have. We recommend the Valley of the Winds walk, it’s a hard one, but well worth it.
Midday – There is lots to do around the town, but why not try the Red Desert Reptiles show. During the show get up close and personal with some of the Red Centre’s most iconic creatures.
Evening – For your last evening out here we suggest a scenic flight. It’s one thing to see the sunset on the rock, but seeing it from above is even better. You can book this with either PHS or Ayers Rock Helicopters. If you feel the need for adrenaline, then you’ll want to book a skydive and scenic flight with Skydive Uluru instead.
For your last dinner we suggest Arnguli Bar and Grill at the Desert Gardens Resort.
Morning – By now, you’ve learnt a sleep in and quiet morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a relaxing morning, or grab a few final souvenirs to take back home. Around mid morning you’ll need to make the short transfer back to the airport to fly home.
Midday – As your plane takes off take one final look back towards Uluru. See if you can recognise anywhere that you’ve been exploring on your long weekend at Uluru.