• Distance 10.6km
  • Altitude max 524m
  • Altitude min 514m
  • Duration 3 hours
  • Trail type Circuit
Five Stars

Five Stars

Not to be missed, add this to your bucket list

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Three

Grade Three

Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Uluru Base Walk NT (10.6 km)

Northern Territory

Nearest Town

Yulara

Starting Location

Mala carpark

Finish Location

Mala carpark

Best Time to Travel

Year round but start early and finish by 11:00am in the hotter months to avoid the excessive heat

Uluru Base Walk Summary

This would have to be Australia’s most iconic walks with this great stone monolith jutting out of the ground and dominating the landscape as you approach. I have had three ‘spiritual’ moments in my life and my visit to Uluru was on of them. My visit had a physical impact on me and the best way I can describe it is was the sense of raw power being radiated from the rock itself which I could feel on the entire walk. I have talked to others who having visited Uluru, have had similar experiences.

Most Australians and many overseas visitors will make a visit to Uluru at some stage in their life. The walk itself around the base of the rock (formerly known as Ayers Rock) is just on 10.6 km on a flat, well formed, compacted sandy path. You can do parts of the walk if you don’t have the fitness level but for those who want the full experience allow about 2.5-3 hours.

Without exception everyone wants to see sunrise on Uluru and the colour changes are spectacular so bring a decent camera and lots of capacity to take photos. A wide angle lens is also a must.

Many people forget that the Australian dessert gets very cold and on our trip in July the night time temperature was getting down to zero degrees celsius with the day time temperatures reaching around 23 degrees celsius, and this was mid winter. Temperatures in December and January can reach as high as 40 degrees celsius during the hottest part of the day so if you are traveling at that time of the year, start the walk at sunrise and finish by 11:00am at the latest to avoid the worst of the heat. Whatever time of the year you walk, come prepared for the temperature change and bring plenty of water.

The top of Uluru is 348 metres high and while it is still possible to climb the rock, the local Traditional Owners would prefer that you didn’t so I would encourage not to do so.  There have been over 30 deaths, mainly due to heart attack from people climbing the rock but there have also been deaths due to falls as well.

My next visit to Uluru will be during the rainy season. Just look online at Uluru when its raining as it’s a sight to behold.

 

Sunrise on Uluru. The colours change a the sun rises

While the sunrise is a must see, Uluru at dusk is also very spectacular and the colours become a deeper purple as the darkness descends

Walk signage

Even in death there can be beauty

Looking up at the rock is pretty impressive

No massed produced seating here. Take some time to sit and take in the scenary

Fuluru (fake Uluru/False Uluru). Driving towards Uluru tourists often think ‘Fuluru’ (also known as Attila and Mount Conner) is what they came to see

Getting There

While most people will drive or get a tour bus to Uluru from Alice Springs the option exists to get a flight. Unless you are pushed for time go by road and drive past Watarrka (Kings Canyon)

Things to Know

  • Most travellers want to see Uluru at sunrise so this means an early start. This early start works well as you don’t want to be out and about during the hottest part of the year and ideally want to finish the walk by lunchtime
  • If you travel during the wet season you may be lucky enough to see Uluru during a rainstorm
  • There is a park entry fee of $25 which is valid for three days (as at 21 April 2017)
  • While it is still possible the Traditional Owners would prefer you don’t climb the rock. While thousands do the 348 metre climb each year, there have been 36 deaths, often associated with heart attacks
  • As you walk around the rock there is signage asking you to avoid going closer and/or taking photos in certain areas due to cultural reasons

Disclaimer

This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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