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Uluru & Surrounds

Map showing the Uluru and Surrounds region in the Northern Territory

Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region's gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but it also offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours from Sydney.

Get ready to be blown away by World Heritage-listed natural wonders, iconic wildlife and the red dirt of the Australian Outback. The Uluru region is home to two of Australia's most famous rock formations, a mighty canyon and an ancient indigenous culture rich in story, dance and art.

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Let's be honest, #Uluru is one of those monumental landmarks that we all think we know. Most people grow up seeing it in photos, rising seemingly out of nowhere, glowing red, purple and orange at sunrise or sunset, or drenched with torrents of water during storms. But it’s only up close that you see the details and can really appreciate its sheer size 👉 this is where the Base Walk comes in... the 10.6km loop quite literally takes you right around the base of Uluru! There's no pressure to do the whole walk though, you can choose one or more of its sections depending on how much time you have, the weather and your level of fitness 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @travel_by_linka! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Picture this: the sun is setting on the ancient monolith, #Uluru, turning the rock a brilliant red. As the light begins to fade, more than 50,000 glass “flowers” start to softly glow in waves of colour ✨ There are two ways to experience the #FieldOfLight installation, and you should really do both! You can view the lights from a special elevated viewing platform - this is a great way to get a sense of the scale of the installation. Or, you can wander via paths through the colourful lights at sunrise or sunset. Our tip: don't forget to book ahead 👍  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kate_miles_! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Oh, #KataTjuta - you're a photographer's dream 😍 To fully appreciate this natural wonder, you need to experience it from the air 🚁 The scale and size of Kata Tjuta (The Olga's) is almost unbelievable as you glide over the group of 36 rock domes, the highest of which stands 198 metres taller than #Uluru! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @australiaaddict 👍 #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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"Takes my breath away!" #Uluru tends to have that affect on people, @jordaaaan_! There are a number of walks and experiences that take you up close to this ochre-coloured monolith, including the 10.6km Base Walk. As the name suggests, the walk circles the entire base of Uluru and takes roughly 3.5 hours. Parts of the loop have been divided into shorter walks where you can check out the little known waterholes and lush woodlands that line this iconic natural wonder. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jordan! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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As the light gives way to darkness, a sea of colourful solar lights come to life against the backdrop of the mighty #Uluru. The #FieldOfLight exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is Bruce Munro’s largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of nine football fields. The epic art piece will now be on show until 31 December 2020, giving you plenty of time to start planning your dream trip to the Red Centre! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @haydenwing 👍  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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"They weren't joking about the middle of Australia being red - it's nothing short of amazing!" Welcome to the real outback, @harryvick 😉The Red Centre is home to a number of iconic natural wonders, however many people don't realise there's more than one big rock in this region! This distinctive flat-topped sandstone monolith is called #MountConner and often fools travellers on their way to #Uluru, earning it the nickname 'Fool-uru' 😂 After a surge of excitement and a flurry of photos, it eventually dawns on most of them that this rock actually looks quite different from Uluru's famous silhouette! While it might not be the rock they were looking for, that doesn't mean it's any less striking 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Harry!

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Not a morning person? We guarantee that'll change here 😍 Nestled among ancient dunes, @longitude131 is a gathering of sixteen tented pavilions designed to offer a luxurious outback sanctuary 🙌 With unparalleled views of #Uluru, 'camping' certainly doesn't get much more glamorous than this! Imagine waking up to @Australia's most iconic sight... literally at the end of your bed ❤️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia,  @talesandtrails_ 👍 #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Honestly, this photo is so epic we're not sure it even needs a caption 🙌 On a scale of one to other-worldly, this view of #KataTjuta (and #Uluru, in the distance!) certainly takes the cake. @ayersrockscenicflights offer daily aerial tours of these two landmarks, along with other Red Centre attractions including Kings Canyon and Mount Conner. The best bit? Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat - so, you won't miss a thing! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Team ARSF!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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#Uluru, is that you? Nup, it's #MountConner! This mysterious monolith fools a lot of visitors driving up from #AliceSprings, who spot it on the horizon 100 kilometres east of Uluru. After a surge of excitement, they soon realise that this rock actually looks quite different from Uluru's famous silhouette! Locals call it 'Fool-uru' 😜 If you're keen to see it up close, you can join a tour with @CurtinSprings, the owners of the surrounding cattle station. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bebeyondborders! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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