Whether you marvel from Uluru from its base or afar, try to check out the rock from as many different viewing points as possible. Right up close you can explore crevasses and caves, which are filled with history, paintings and even the Matitjulu water hole. From way back you can admire its sheer size and the different colours it turns as the sunlight hits it.
Set your alarm early because sunrise and sunsets are truly your golden hours. Stretching clouds turn a palette of dusty pink, lilac and eggshell blue, contrasted against the ochre desert dunes.
With little to no light pollution, a clear night gives you an awesome chance to admire the celestial vistas. If you dine at Tali Wiru a star talk is included with your meal.
The wetter weather recently has seen the desert transform with scrub, flowers and cacti. The semi-arid region blooms with desert oaks, honey grevillea and mulga tree.
Flying above South Australia the Northern Territory is a spectacle in itself – hilly green ranges transform in vast plains of rust desert. While you’re in the sky also keep an eye out for the stunning flats surrounding Lake Eyre. And when you’re close to landing you’ll be able to spot Uluru from a bird’s eye view.
In the cooler months, this pop-up restaurant serves a five-star dinner in the red centre. The menu draws on native ingredients and flavours – think lemon myrtle, native samphire, emu apples, desert lime and salt bush all used in refined dishes. Standouts from the menu include a bush tomato burrata and Paroo kangaroo rillettes. The only thing that will distract you from the food is the stunning setting – Uluru is your dining companion.
- Bring a fly net for your face – they’re inexpensive and very handy in the warmer months
- Consider flying into Darwin – tack on a road trip and maximise your time in the Territory
- Don't call it Ayers Rock.