Every time we go to Uluru, we’re immediately awestruck by its presence.
It’s beautiful. It’s stark. It’s dramatic.
Each minute it changes as the sun sweeps across the sky, casting shadows that wax and wane.
No glossy brochure can replace what you see and feel when you look at Uluru.
You know at once why it’s sacred to Aboriginal people and why people from all over the world come to see it.
Yet despite all this, Ayers Rock has a reputation for being expensive and for some, disappointing.
Yes, it is expensive.
After all, it’s in the middle of Australia! However, we’d like to make sure that you don’t go home disappointed.
Below, you’ll find links to EVERYTHING you need to know before you go, along with information to help you avoid being underwhelmed or paying too much money if you visit Ayers Rock.
Cheaper Than Bali
Use our insider’s tips to plan your trip to Uluru -we’ve even worked out exact fuel costs for driving Sydney to Ayers Rock just to prove that Uluru is cheaper than most people think.
The fact is that you can see Uluru cheaply -especially if you’re an Aussie.
In fact, if you’re an Aussie and you haven’t been to Uluru because you’ve heard ‘it’s just a big red rock in the middle of nowhere‘ or ‘it’s cheaper to go to Bali‘ we want you to take yourself aside and SLAP YOURSELF!
The secret to getting to Uluru cheaply if you’re an Australian??
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You can drive to Uluru from Sydney in 3 days in an ordinary 2WD car.
Yes, that’s right.
Your Mum’s Barina will get you there.
It will cost you between $300-$400 in fuel, each way.
In other words, for less than the price of ONE return ticket to Bali, you could drive your entire family to Uluru.
If you’re prepared to stay in a mixture of budget accommodation and camping, you’ll be able to reduce your average daily accommodation costs to less than $100 for a family of four.
Add $300 per week for a mixture of self-catering and meals and you’ve saved over $3000 on the price that you’d pay to take your family to Bali – and that’s worked out on two fabulous weeks in the outback vs just one week in Bali.
Do NOT tell us it’s cheaper to go to Bali if there’s more than one of you travelling.
Don’t be lazy. Do the maths.
We’ve got an entire section the site dedicated to helping you plan your adventure to Uluru.
You’ll find everything you need to know: the best times to go, how to get there, maps, tips on planning and more.
Just click on the links to read more.
Over 50 useful facts about Uluru/Ayers Rock to inspire, inform and help you plan.
Flying, driving, or catch a bus? We share all the ways you can get to Uluru AND look at the good, bad and ugly about all of them
Is July REALLY the best time to see Uluru? What about for photography? And can you go in summer? We answer all these questions from a local’s special perspective.
Download free maps of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
We expose all the hidden costs and restrictions on Uluru car hire along with tips to save money.
Ayers Rock Accommodation
Accommodation at Ayers Rock comes in all shapes and prices.
We’ve put together our very own insider reviews of Ayers Rock’s accommodation based on our frequent trips to Uluru (we visit for work. A LOT).
We really do know what’s good and bad about the accommodation here … and we’re NOT afraid to say it!
There’s wide range of hotels at Uluru. We’ve stayed at them all. Read our honest reviews.
Yes, there is budget accommodation available at Uluru/Ayers Rock. Use our insider’s tips to get the best value for your money.
Want to save even MORE money on your Uluru trip? We share our best budget tips and tricks we use when we visit Ayers Rock.
Things to See and Do
So… you want to go to Ayers Rock, but what’s to see and do there?
Is it all big red rock and nothing much else?
The good news is that there’s enough to see and do in and around Ayers Rock to take up a couple of days. There’s plenty of walks, activities, and short drives to waterholes or out to Kata Tjuta.
If you’re not driving, then there’s also plenty of tour options which either start at Uluru or at Alice Springs, so you can easily make a round trip of it.
Check out our tips on car hire, the best tours to get you there, and what to see and do when you get there. And no, it’s not all just big red rocks.
There’s much more to see and do than just the Uluru climb! Take a camel ride, learn to paint with local Aboriginal women, and much more.
Walking is the BEST way to experience Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) just as Aboriginal people traditionally did. There’s a walk to suit all fitness levels and ages at Ayers Rock – read about them here.
From a half day to a five day extravaganza – there’s a tour to suit everyone’s needs and budget.
This page is a complete guide to the park, opening hours, costs, facilities and more.
Looking for information about the Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock?
This page will help you.
- Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park – Opening times, entry fees, walks, cultural tours and more
- Aboriginal Culture – Information about Aboriginal culture at Ayers Rock
- Driving from Alice Springs to Uluru – A complete itinerary for driving from Alice Springs to Uluru
- Alice Springs – Everything you’ll need to know about Alice Springs
- Kings Canyon – If you’re visiting Ayers Rock, you must visit Kings Canyon