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10 ways to see Uluru, Australia

Wanderlust logoWanderlust 13/11/2014
See Uluru from a small plane or helicopter (Supplied: Tourism NT): See Uluru from a small plane or helicopter. © Tourism NT See Uluru from a small plane or helicopter.

More visitors than ever are choosing not to climb Uluru's sacred slopes. Bravo to that! We reveal the most spectacular alternative ways to experience Northern Territory's most famous sight – without offending Aboriginal customs.

1. On a Harley Davidson

Uluru Cycles offers tours on the back of a Harley Davidson, lasting from 30 minutes to 4.5 hours.

2. From a camel

Travel through the sandy red dunes on a camel, taking in sunset or sunrise views of Uluru – before returning to the camel farm for drinks and some freshly baked beer bread damper.

3. By bicycle

From February to November, visitors can rent bikes from Outback Cycling and follow the stunning 15km cycle path around the base of Uluru.

4. On foot

There is a 9.4 km walk around the whole of the base of Uluru, taking in numerous Aboriginal paintings with descriptive boards. Free guided walks take place daily from the Mala carpark to the base of Uluru (departing at 8am), where rangers tell the story of the Mala people and describe the history and traditions associated with Uluru. The walks last roughly 1.5 hours.

5. By helicopter

The scale of Uluru and neighbouring colossal rock formation Kata Tjuta become very real when you view them from a helicopter...

6. Skydiving 

Fancy freefalling towards Uluru? All skydiving jumps are done in tandem with an experienced instructor, leaving you to concentrate on that whopping view of the Rock and red desert.

7. In a small plane

Relish in the romance of flying in a small plane over some of Australia’s most spectacular landscape.

8. From your car

Uluru is heralded as one of Australia’s most popular self-drive destinations, with many people visiting as part of a wider journey through the Northern Territory. It's easy to purchase a permit from the visitor centre and enjoy Uluru at your own pace.

9. From the table

If you just want to relax and enjoy the changing colours of Uluru at sunset, there are some wonderful local dining experiences. Sounds of Silence and Tali Wiru both offer gourmet al fresco menus and free-flowing wine, with an incredibly impressive backdrop.

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