Travel Time: 1 hr flight/6 hr drive from Alice Springs
Alice Springs – 2 hrs from Darwin, 2 hrs from Adelaide, 3 hrs from Sydney, 3 hrs from Perth
Weather: Uluru experiences a climate of extremes, with hot summers and cold winters.
In summer average temperatures range from 20 to 35°C, and often soar to around 40°C. January receives the highest rainfall but the climate remains dry and arid. During winter temperatures range between 4.8 and 20°C with temperatures dropping below 0°C at night and thick frosts covering the ground. Autumn and spring experience warm days and cool nights with average temperatures between 12 and 30.6°C. Autumn is considered one of the best times to visit, while spring time experiences spectacular thunderstorms.
Currency: AUD (Australian dollar)
Major destinations: Uluru, Kata-Tjuta, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Valley of the Winds, The Cultural Centre, Kings Canyon
Holiday types: Outback, cultural, nature, active adventure for all ages
One of the most recognisable natural landmarks in the world, Uluru is the spiritual heart of Australia. Rich in Aboriginal culture and rugged outback beauty, Uluru and its surrounds make for an exceptional family adventure.
Exploring the sacred landmark is exciting for all ages with option to take a walking tour led by an Aboriginal guide, or to explore the surrounding trails by bike, a Harley Davidson tour or by camel back, just like the early pioneers. For an exhilarating experience, why not take a helicopter or hot air balloon ride over Uluru and Uluru’s stunning sister range, Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas). Near the base of Uluru, the Cultural Centre is a must-visit to learn about the history and culture of the local Anangu people. Active families will be thrilled by a hike of the rewarding Valley of the Winds trail. The 3-hour walk’s famous lookouts offer breathtaking views of the Kata Tjuta formations.
A few hours’ drive from Uluru, Kings Canyon is an exceptional 150m tall sandstone bluff located in Watarrka National Park. Active and older kids can enjoy the challenging 3½-hour walk with rewarding views over lush forests, waterfalls and a descent into the ‘Garden of Eden’. While younger families may choose from among easier creek walks across the canyon floor.