The Facts on the Red Centre

Hi there, this is Emily again. This time I’m here to give you the lowdown on The Red Centre, also known as Ayers Rock or Uluru.

How to get there:

Ayers Rock is basically in the middle of Australia. It is a remote area and quite a distance from anywhere else in Australia, so getting there can be relatively expensive.

Both Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly directly into Ayers Rock Airport from Sydney, Virgin Australia flies daily and Jetstar operates 4 flights per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday).

Qantas operates daily flights to Ayers Rock Airport via Alice Springs from Sydney. Qantas also offers direct flights from Cairns and Alice Springs.
All three airlines offer connecting flights from most capital cities to Ayers Rock Airport.

Remember! – It is more affordable if you purchase all of your flights on one ticket including your international flights from the United States.

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Best time to go:

Ayers Rock is located in the desert, so the climate is characterised by extremes – hot days and cold nights.

The best time for travel to this area is from May through to September.

It can be especially hot in the summer (December through to February) and there tend to be lots of small flies too. You can still travel during this time, but make sure you schedule your activities during the morning or late afternoon.

What to do when you’re there:

For our clients, who are often like to see a lot of Australia in a small amount of time, I recommend spending 2 -3 nights at Ayers Rock. The main attractions are Uluru (the big red rock) and Kata Tjuta (another rock formation also known as The Olgas). Both of these are best seen at sunrise or sunset. You can experience these natural beauties in different ways from on the back of a camel, to walking to 4WD adventures.

One of my favourite experiences is the Sounds of Silence or Tali Wiru dinner under the stars. You dine on Australian Bush Tucker at tables set up outside in the red earth under a canopy of stars, while listening to tales of the constellations from a local storyteller. A unique and memorable experience!

Other adventures include scenic flights, 4WD tours to Mt Connor and indigenous cultural tours.

Give me a call or email me at eatchison@downunderendeavours.com if you want to know more about the Red Centre.