Found in the heart of the Red Centre, Uluru is one of the most beloved attractions in Australia. But before booking your flights, check out our guide to the ultimate times to travel to make sure that your trip goes without a hitch!
If you haven’t heard of Uluru, you might as well have been living under it. Found in the red outback of Australia, this rock is one of the most recognisable natural landmarks in the entire world and is an important historical site. Holding a deep spiritual significance for the local indigenous people, Uluru is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed both for its natural and cultural values. Herds of travellers flock to the rock every year, but when exactly is the best time to travel to Uluru for the ultimate outback holiday?
December to February
When travelling to any kind of desert region, one of the first factors to consider is the weather. With major peaks in temperatures, Uluru can be a struggle for even the toughest travellers, so it is best to avoid travelling there at certain times of the year. February to December marks Australia’s summertime, with temperatures typically reaching low to mid-30s at all times of the day. The highest temperature on record was an incredible 45.5 degrees Celsius, and that was in the shade! Although the locals put up with this heat every year, it can be uncomfortable for visitors arriving to the Red Centre who aren’t used to the extreme conditions. If you are planning on hiking and camping across the outback region during this time, make sure you are well prepared and carry plenty of water at all times.
May to September
The climate during this period is easily the most bearable and so this is usually the best time to travel to Uluru. With cooler temperatures during the days and nights, you will be able to see this incredible sight in comfort. However, be aware that during the winter at Uluru, night-time temperatures can drop below freezing so make sure you are prepared if you are camping around the region.
August to September
Spring is the best time for the wildlife in Uluru, with August and September being a peak time for the park’s wildflowers. The usually dry and deserted outback transforms into an expanse of colour, displaying its incredible variety of plant life that many visitors did not know it contained.
June to September
Due to the summer holidays of Americans and Europeans, June to September is notorious for its large crowds. Because of this, prices for flights and accommodation often increase, and availability on tours may be limited. Book ahead if you intend to travel during this time.
The best time of day; Sunset and Sunrise
Although the daytime can have an appeal, it is during sunset and sunrise that Uluru truly comes alive, displaying spectacularly enhanced rock colours. This is due to the dust and water vapour in the air. The particles act as a filter, removing blue light from the sun rays and leaving behind only red light to reflect on the rock. This red light then bounces off the reddish-brown sandstone, creating a picturesque glow that turns the landscape into a work of art.
At the end of the day, Uluru is available all year round for travellers! Many visitors choose to ignore the weather and crowds and find that they still enjoy their time at the rock as much as the next traveller. However, if you prefer planning ahead, then these tips might help you miss a few problems that Uluru holidaymakers can face.