Ayers Rock Tours
Ayers Rock, also referred as Uluru is the largest exposed monolith stone in the world.
This is essentially a large sandstone formation which lies 335km from Alice Springs.
Uluru is one of the two major attractions of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru or Ayers Rock is also an icon of Australian countryside. Therefore, it is not surprising that tourism around Ayers Rock boomed.
In fact, travelers impacted so much on the local environment that government had to relocate tourist facilities outside the national park. The changes to the development of this location were dictated both by the spiritual demands of the indigenous people as well as the environmental needs of the area. In fact the number of visitors to Uluru and Kat Tjuta rose to 400000 by the year 2000. Today, Ayers Rock is listed as the World Heritage Site.
Types of Tours to Ayers Rock Australia
Most tours to Uluru are types of the desert safari expeditions. In fact, these Ayers Rock Australia tours are the greatest fun.
Small groups packed into air conditioned 4WD will have the best opportunity to experience this rugged terrain.
These are guided tours, so you always have an expert in a case of emergency. The best Ayers Rock tours are those, where you actually experience the area before reaching the ultimate golden Uluru. Thus, Eco adventures which let you:
- Experience remote camp sites
- Stretch your legs with informative bushwalking
- Get to know Aboriginal communities and their tracking skills
- Get to know the bush living (trips where operators cook food over camp fire)
are ones which will forever imprint the memories of this mysterious area.
However, not everyone may wish to sleep under stars.
So, for those less adventurous there is plenty of accommodation around the national park.
There is also great network of sealed roads for ordinary cars.
However, most guided tours to Uluru try to cater for travelers who want to feel the "heartbeat of the bush". Thus, driving dirt roads, bush walking and camping are packages predominantly on offer. For a high season, you can expect +/-$650 per person. Children have discount of about $70. For a low season, prices are about $550. Again, children will also get a significant discount.
Ayers Rock Tours Operators
There is a number of guided and unguided Uluru tour operators.
Wayoutback is one of those companies which provide great outdoor adventure to Ayers Rock and Alice Springs.
The Wildway is another backpacker style tour company. Their current price of $495 for 3 days to Uluru-Kata Tjuta is really a good value for money.
Adventure Tours Australia (+ New Zealand) is a diversified operator which provides tours for everyone. The current price of $575 for 3 day trip fits the average market rate of other companies but the selection of trips is very good. For those who are looking for accommodation only, there is plenty to choose from.
Ayers Rock Resort provides holiday living areas for anybody taste and budget. Hotels, apartments and camping grounds are all there for you to enjoy.