If it’s not on your list, it better bloody be after reading this!
One word to describe Uluru and this weekend away – magical.
Without knowing it, we booked the first EVER direct flight from Brisbane to Uluru with Jetstar. Instead of the usual 15 hours, the flight was only just over 3 hours. Seriously! I was stoked. Fck sitting on a plane for 15 hours with a stopover when it could only be 3. Jetstar is the only airline that flies direct from Brisbane to Uluru too, so jump on it! There is really no where else like it in the world. Keep scrolling for the full run-down of my trip with my mum to Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory.
Length of stay:
3 nights with 3 full days there. We flew in on the first flight of the day, getting us there by 9am which was great.
Jetstar. Brisbane – Uluru. The only airline to fly direct.
The Lost Camel in Ayers Rock Resort. I definitely recommend staying within the Ayers Rock Resort. It is made up of about 5 different hotels. The Lost Camel was definitely the most affordable and I think it was just as nice as any! The resort (no matter which hotel you decide to book within it) is a great choice as they run shuttles so frequently all day, every day (all free), it’s a good distance from Uluru (you can see it from the hotels) and it is a hub for all of the restaurants, cafes and convenience stores.
We flew in, landing around 9am. They have free buses from the airport to all hotels. On the bus ride to the hotel is when we bought our Park Pass. They are $25 per adult and you need it to be there and doing the activities, as you are in a National Park. Use this link to get yours. We jumped off at The Lost Camel and were stoked to be able to check-in to our room straight away.
After dropping off our bags and exploring the hotel, we headed out to the closest lookout to our hotel to get our bearings. There are so many people huddled at these main lookouts, so we decided to just walk the track in the direction of Uluru. There are easy tracks with clear pathways, definitely stick to these. We went off track once or twice and the shrubbery gets quite thick and it can be hard to find the path again… eek! We stumbled across lots of higher points that were a much nicer view of Uluru and bonus – with no one around!
After all of our walking, we jumped on one of the shuttles to the Camel Farm. The area is full of wild camels. When you’re driving around you will see silhouettes of wild camels in the distance. It is pretty crazy. They are obviously not native to Australia but were introduced here during the colonisation of Australia. I seriously learnt so much about camels… like A LOT. Seriously, a really amazing species. If you head to the farm, I recommend just having a look and learning. They do camel rides with the view of Uluru but totally up to you and how comfortable you are with this. The camels seem to be in a good living environment here and do live a lot longer in this farm then they do in the wild, however it is sad seeing how they control them for and during these rides.
After seeing the camels, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner, which was the HIGHLIGHT of the entire trip for me. We booked the Sound Of Silence dinner for our first night. I highly recommend booking this online before your trip to guarantee your spot. It is about $200 each but trust me, it is amazing. I honestly wanted to do it twice. The experience starts late afternoon with sunset drinks, canapés and live music (transfers from your hotel included). After an hour or two, you are led down a path to an amazing desert clearing, set with dining tables where you sit to enjoy a 3-course bush tucker inspired dinner. The food was seriously amazing, the hosts are great and you are literally sitting in the middle of the desert with Uluru in the distance and nothing but night sky and stars above you. It is just incredible. You will never see so many stars in your life, and before dessert they do a guided tour of the sky. The drinks are flowing the whole night and it is buffet style but trust me, it is some of the best food you will ever have, and the location, you just can’t compete with it. If you splurge on just one thing – please make it be this!
The next morning we were up at 6am. We pre-booked our Uluru base walk a few weeks before coming. It was fkn unreal seeing Uluru this close and at this time. This was the most vibrant colour I saw it on the whole trip, with the sunrising and bouncing off the sides of the rock. Definitely pack a water bottle and your own snacks for any walks you book during your stay. I went in August and it was COLD! I had 3 jackets on this morning. It gets warm as it gets later in the day, but be prepared – it was 0 degrees in the mornings. The base walk was a great experience, you walk around the entire site and learn so much about the history. So much more than you could ever imagine. The walk is about a half day experience and includes transfers to and from your hotel with a light breakfast.
After the base walk, we headed back to the hotel and had lunch. We shot my content for Colette by Colette Hayman which was a lot of fun. It’s so easy to take photos with such an incredible backdrop. I did a few looks featuring their Spring/Summer range. Mum behind the camera, surprisingly nailing it. Thanks mum.
After our mini and totally unprofessional shoot, we headed to the bottle shop. Naturally. It is next to the Outback Pioneer. It’s a small walk from Ayers Rock Resort. After a cider or two it was time for our next activity – the Field of Light! Again, we pre-booked this experience. We booked the Field of Light Star Pass. This one left 30 minutes before sunset and included drinks and canapes before the guided tour. This is about $90 each. The field pass on its own is about $40. This light installation is INSANE! When you are looking at dates, try to come while the exhibition is still there. I am not sure when it will be removed, but it was magical! I can’t even imagine the time and patience that went into it. I can barely screw in one light bulb. Hot tip – go for sunset. It was most beautiful when the sun went down and the lights started to turn on. It is obviously amazing at night, but that in-between time was perfect. When we returned to the hotel, we got a pizza from Gecko’s and ate it in bed with a cider. GOALS!
The next morning we were up again at 6am. This was to see sunrise at Kata Tjuta and do the Kata Tjuta Gorge Walk (Valley of the Winds). I am going to blow your mind and say that we both actually enjoyed this walk more than the Base Walk purely based on how much the scenery and the track itself changed throughout the walk – there was lots to see. Definitely wear gym shoes. There’s some steep areas on this one! Do this walk guided as well. The view at the end is like something out of Jurassic Park/The Land Before Time. It was seriously unreal. Again, we pre-booked this walk too.
Finishing off our last day, we went on a last walk around the hotel. We discovered another lookout nearby a campsite. Then we booked a table at one the restaurants at Sails in the Dessert and had an early night before flying home the next morning.
- Book your flights direct with Jetstar – quicker and cheaper.
- Don’t forget your park passes! Just buy them online and keep it on your phone. They are $25 and you can get them here. People were trying to buy them on mornings before their activities etc. etc. and it was just STRESSFUL to even listen to.
- Pre-book all of your activities! You don’t want to miss out on some of those key ones I mentioned earlier, everything was fully booked when we got there so I am glad we planned ahead. Use this link to explore and book your experiences.
- Bring your own pre-packaged snacks for the walks and tours. We brought a few things from the supermarket at home. Some of the walks and tours are 6 hours, so it’s good to have them handy, as well as a water bottle!
- Check the temperature. Everyone was so surprised when I told them it was 0 degrees. It’s nice and sunny but oh my god, it was cold! Mornings I was in thermals but by lunch I was in shorts.
- If you have a camera, bring it! The Field of Light and sunsets and rises are best captured on a proper camera (and not your iPhone).
- Book your accommodation within the Ayers Rock Resort.
- WALK! We found the best and most secluded lookouts by walking and finding them ourselves. Just walk along the track towards Uluru.
- The most affordable and casual of the dining options are the Gecko Cafe (easy for lunch and dinner) and the Kulata Academy Cafe (go here for breakfast and coffee).
- Please please please book the Sounds of Silence dining experience. It was honestly the highlight for me, and I want to fly back to do it again.
Don’t forget to check out my Insta-Stories highlight reel. I have saved “Uluru” so you watch all of the above there whenever you want.
If you have any questions about planning a trip to Uluru OR anywhere else, please email me at email@example.com 🙂 I would love to hear from you and answer any questions, I would also love to know what you end up doing and your thoughts on it too!