40+ Amazing Ayers Rock Facts

 Looking facts about Ayers Rock like how big it really is?

Or how far away it is from Alice Springs? What the climate is like and when is the best time to visit?

Then this page is a must-read.

Ayers Rock facts

If you’re looking for information about the Aboriginal name for Ayers Rock, then this page will help you!

Where is it?

1. Uluru is in the middle of Australia, in the Northern Territory.

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2. It’s 428 km from Alice Springs, 2293 km from Melbourne and 2954 km from Sydney. It’s located within the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.

3. Ayers Rock can be reached by a sealed (bitumen) highway in around four and a half hours from Alice Springs.

4. You do not need to hire a four wheel drive to visit Uluru.

Quick Facts:

5. Geographical coordinates (decimal degrees): 25.3392 S / 131.0325E

6. Uluru is 348 metres (1141 feet) high

7. Its circumference is 9.4km (5.8 miles)

8. It is 3.6 km long (2.2 miles)

9.Uluru is 1.9 km at its widest (1.2 miles)

10. The monolith extends several kilometres below the ground (as well as above!)

11. The Uluru climb is 1.6 km (1 mile) long

12. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is 1326 km2 in size (132,567 hectares/512 miles2)

Driving to Ayers Rock from Sydney and other Australian Capitals:

Ayers Rock is a long way from anywhere else in Australia – it’s even a long way from Alice Springs!

13. Alice Springs: 465 kilometres (289 miles). Driving time: 0.5 days

14. Adelaide: 1544 kilometres (959 miles). Driving time: 1.5 days

15. Brisbane: 3509 kilometres (2180 miles). Driving time: 2.5 days

16. Darwin: 1963 kilometres (1220 miles). Driving time: 2.0 days

17. Melbourne: 2293 kilometres (1425 miles). Driving time: 3.0 days

18. Perth: 3628 kilometres (2254 miles). Driving time: 4.5 days

19. Sydney: 2954 kilometres (1836 miles). Driving time: 3.0 days

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Distances From Uluru to Other Places in Uluru/Kata-Tjuta National Park:

Even distances within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are big…

20. Uluru (base of climb) to Yulara (resort town): 18 kilometres

21. Yulara to park entrance: 8 kilometres

22. Yulara to Kata-Tjuta: 50 kilometres

Facts and Figures About Kata-Tjuta (Mt Olga)

23. Geographical coordinates (decimal degrees): 25.30088S/ 130.73732E

24. Kata-Tjuta is made up of 36 monoliths, the highest being 548 metres (1798 feet) from the surrounding plain, and 1066 metres above sea level (3497 feet)

25. Kata-Tjuta’s circumference is about 22 km (13.7 miles)

26. The area of the Olgas is around 35 km² (13.5 miles²)

27. The Valley of the Winds walk (a MUST DO) is about 8 km long

Mt Olga, Kata Tjuta


28. Like Alice Springs, Ayers Rock has an arid, semi-desert climate.

29. It’s dry and hot in the summer, and cool and dry in the winter.

30.The best time of the year to visit is from May-September (we reckon the BEST month is May).

31. Remember, that the months of April and October can still get very hot, with temperatures climbing over 39C (102F).

32. One of the least known Ayers Rock facts is that it actually receives more rain per year than Alice Springs. However, it’s also a little hotter.

33. It’s important to remember that the Uluru climb is closed when temperatures reach 36C (96.8F) or when it is very windy. This means that the Uluru climb is closed on many days each year.

34. Average summer (December to March) temperatures at Uluru range from: 21C – 36C (69F – 96F)

35. Average winter (June to August) temperatures at Uluru range from: 4C – 20C (39F – 68F)

36. Note that Australian deserts (Uluru included) are places of extremes. Winter nights as cold as (minus) -6C and summer days as hot as 46C have been recorded

37. Average annual rainfall for Uluru (Yulara) is 300 millimetres (12 inches), although this varies.

38. Rain occurs mostly during November-March, and occurs as a result of tropical monsoon events in the north west Kimberly region of Australia. However, Central Australia often gets rain around Easter (April) and in early June, when the Finke Desert Race is on.

Location & Size

39. Contrary to popular belief, Ayers Rock is NOT the geographical centre of Australia – although it’s in the middle of the continent.

40. The geographical centre of Australia is actually the Lambert Centre, located approximately 400 km east of Uluru (we thoroughly recommend you a visit to the Lambert Centre if you’ve got the time!).

41. Another popular myth about the Rock is that it is the world’s largest sandstone monolith. Again, this is incorrect. Mt Augustus in Western Australia is the world’s largest sandstone monolith. We haven’t seen it, but if it’s bigger than Uluru, then it must be very impressive!

People are fascinated by Ayers Rock and rightly so.

There is nothing like seeing the Rock for yourself.

Check out our other pages on Uluru if you’d like to learn more:


  • Frazer says:

    There is a substantial crack running thru the middle of the rock seen on each side and across the top, and runs along the line of the vertical sedimentary layers. The sedimentary layers on the left of the crack mirror those on the right as far as you can pace them out. This means that this is the centre (and bottom layer) of a 180 degree fold when it was first subjected to pressures from the sides. Does this also mean that it is TWO half sized monoliths butte together?

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  • Keisha says:

    i love Uluru it is so amazing

  • Alan Hall says:

    How did it get the name “Ayers Rock ” from?

    • Gary says:

      Hi Allan, in 1873, explorer William Gosse became the first non-Aboriginal person to see Uluru as far as we know. He named Ayers Rock after Sir Henry Ayers, the Chief Secretary of South Australia at the time. Officially and I quote from the Parks Australia page, “Ayers Rock was the most widely used name until 1993, when the rock was officially renamed Ayers Rock / Uluru – the first feature in the Northern Territory to be given dual names.

      In 2002 these names were reversed at the request of the Regional Tourism Association in Alice Springs and the rock took on the official name of Uluru / Ayers Rock, which it still has today.

      That means you can use either Uluru or Ayers Rock to refer to the rock. However, in the national park we always use the original name: Uluru.”

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