Ayers Rock is located in the Australian Outback. Known by the native Anagua as “Uluru”, it is a sacred site where they believe ancient spirits from the area lay to rest (1). Previously, the best way to experience this world wonder was to climb it. However, out of respect for the spiritual beliefs of the Anagua, climbing Ayers Rock is no longer an option. Don’t let that discourage you! Visiting the biggest rock in the world is incredible any way you do it! I have five amazing ways to experience Ayers Rock, ending with my personal favorite.
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#5 – Segway
Segway tours can be a fun and unique way to visit Ayers Rock. There are several Segway options ranging from self-guided experiences to tours of the landscape with a guide (2). If you have never ridden a Segway before it can feel weird, but you get the hang of it in just a few minutes. Should you go this route, I would recommend wearing a scarf or something you can cover your face with while you ride. The Segways can kick up quite a bit of dust which can be bothersome. If you choose to visit during the day (not sunrise or sunset), I would also recommend wearing a bug net like this one. Realistically, any time you are outside in the outback you should be wearing a bug net. I had not brought one with me and I ended up buying one within the first few hours of landing because they’re everywhere.
#4 – Ayers Rock Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus
Did you know there are incredible views in the outback in addition to Ayers Rock? With a one- or two-day hop-on-hop-off bus pass, you can experience these sites at your own pace (3). If you have ridden a hop-on-hop-off bus before, you know how convenient they are. I also recommend them if you are planning to visit Sydney. The buses go around their route and stop at each designated location. Get off the bus when you are ready to adventure, and catch the next bus when you are ready to move on. This option will require you to have all of your gear for the day on-hand, which is easy using a backpack like this one. I use a backpack like this one whenever I travel and it perfectly fits everything I need for the day.
#3 – Rent a Car
Renting a car seems like the most obvious way to visit Ayers Rock, so why is it number three on the list? Because of the freedom it gives you! Renting a car allows you to get just as close to the rocks as any other experience, but you can do it at your own pace. You don’t have to worry about packing everything for the day on your back, and you can stay later than the hop-on-hop-off buses run for amazing views of the stars! The Outback is the best place in the world for stargazing, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
#2 – Helicopter
An unforgettable way to experience Ayers Rock is by air. Helicopter tours may be one of the more expensive options, but for good reason. These amazing tours give you a view that no other tour can. These tours can be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as 40 minutes (4). For thrill seekers, you can also choose to skydive!
#5 – Experience Ayers Rock My Favorite Way: By Camel
My personal favorite way to experience Ayers Rock is by camel. These tours typically occur during sunrise and sunset. The closest you get to the rock is shown in the photo I took above, so if you are wanting to get close and personal with Ayers Rock I would recommend going with a car or bus. That being said, I would recommend traveling by camel if you get the chance. These tours have guides that take photos of you during the adventure and you can purchase all of the pictures on a USB drive when you are done. Fun fact: the Australian Outback is home of the largest population of wild camels in the world!
I hope you feel inspired to visit this amazing wonder! Which experience is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Wanting more information on Australia attractions? Check out my post on the Sydney Opera House!
Anna’s Pick of the Week
The Australian Outback has a TON of bugs! My family started wearing jackets over our heads and quickly realized we needed bug nets. They may look silly, but they’re a life saver! It’s hard to enjoy the beauty of Ayers Rock when you are constantly slapping yourself. A bug net is a necessity if you are going to the Outback!