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How to Spend 3 Days in Uluru, Australia (Ayers Rock)


If you’re debating whether or not traveling to Australia’s famous sandstone monolith, Uluru, (a.k.a. Ayer’s Rock) is worth the journey/cost…it most definitely is. Uluru was my favorite memory of our time in Australia. The area is literally in the middle of nowhere in Australia, but for me, that was the best part. It was a wonderful way to connect with the world around you (sans cell phone reception) and learn about a very sacred area in the Australian Outback.

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is in Australia’s “Red Centre”. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago (but its age varies wildly depending on who you ask). Uluru is also most certainly not the only thing worth seeing in the Red Centre, but more on that in a moment.

Now, the next step is to figure out how much time to spend here. This is really going to come down to your time/priorities. But I must say, the big rock is not the only thing to see in this area. I would suggest AT LEAST 3 days here. I was satisfied with our 3-day journey here, but we also missed out on Alice Springs (which I’ve heard nothing but good things about as well).

So, what do you do with your 3 days here? You watch the sunrise and sunset every single day! Your entire trip will be based on sunrises and sunsets, so be prepared for this!

How to Spend 3 Days in Uluru, Australia (Ayers Rock)

*Day 1 – Day Trip to Kings Canyon

Kings canyon
Kings Canyon

I know, I know, I know you’re probably thinking…why would I suggest going to Kings Canyon on Day 1? I want to see Uluru…the big rock! And the reason I suggest doing this portion first is because Kings Canyon was the most physically demanding part of our trip to Australia’s Outback.

This hike was tiring, it was hot and quite hard at times…but it was so worth it. The views were spectacular and the guide service was amazing as well. You’re going to be getting up before dawn every day you’re here, so I would suggest doing this on Day 1 while you’re still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

Click here for more information on a day exploring Kings Canyon.

*Day 2 – Sunrise Tour of Uluru + Sunset Dinner

uluru sunrise
Uluru Sunrise

You’re getting up before sunrise, once again! But it’s so worth it. I’m not a morning person, but I could watch the sunrise here in the desert every day and not get tired of it. It’s so beautiful. You can simply watch the sunrise from a viewing platform with snacks and coffee/tea or you can watch the sunrise and then walk around the base of Uluru . FYI – climbing Uluru is now against the law.


Field of Lights Dinner
Dinner & champagne with a view of Uluru.

It’s worth your time (and money) to do a dinner in the middle of the desert while watching the sunset over Uluru. This was one of my favorite memories of Uluru…and the night we did our dinner was even cloudy. So, the sunset wasn’t that impressive, but it was still a fantastic experience. Depending on your budget, preferences and the time of year you go, there are several different options. We did the “Night at a Field of Lights” because that was available at the time of year we went (November). You click here to read about that. And click here for the tour.)

*Day 3 – Sunrise Hike Through Kata Tjuta + Sunset Camel Ride

Kata Tjuta
Kata Tjuta from a distance.


Within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, there’s an entire rock formation even LARGER than Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), that you can hike and enjoy – Kata Tjuta. I would argue that Kata Tjuta is even more impressive than Uluru. However, it’s not well-known by us international tourists. I was actually told only 17% of the people who come to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park even visit Kata Tjuta – what a shame! I highly recommend seeing it if you’re making the journey to Uluru.

Click here to read more about Kata Tjuta.


CAMELS. Need I say more? Haha. The sunset camel ride was so much fun! And the camels were such characters. It was a very unique way to watch the sunset over Uluru. Once we were done with the ride, we returned to the ranch to have snacks and drink all kinds of yummy craft beers. It was really perfect night!

camel ride uluru

Click here to read more about the sunset camel ride.

Where We Stayed

Uluru in the distance from Outback Pioneer hotel’s viewing area.

There aren’t a ton of options for hotels in Uluru and they’re all quite pricey. Outback Pioneer was the cheapest one that was a hotel and not camping. (There is a campground in Uluru.) I was more than happy with our stay here. The room was a simple room, no-frills or anything, but it was clean and quiet. And the restaurant had decent food and it’s the only hotel that actually has a bar. So, that’s a win! Haha. Uluru is a dry town, and this is the one place that actually serves alcohol.

The Outback Pioneer also has a pool (which you will use, as there is downtime between your sunrises and sunsets). You also have a nice viewing area of Uluru, pictured below..great for outfit photos (haha). I highly recommend staying here if you don’t want to spend boatloads of money at the other hotels.

Click here to check out the current prices for Outback Pioneer hotel.

map skirt modcloth
Outfit photos at the hotel viewing area, haha.

Click here for the outfit post.

Which part of the itinerary looks the most interesting to you? And would you make any changes to this itinerary? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

How to Spend 3 Days in Uluru, Australia
How to Spend 3 Days in Uluru, Australia

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  1. Our Wayfaring Life says:

    Uluru has been on my list of places to go since I can remember. It looks like I will finally get there later this year. I can’t wait!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oh yay! You’re going to have such a good time!

  2. Jake Cousin says:

    This post is very informative and you also looking very cute.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:


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  4. Life Of A Med School Wife says:

    What a lovely place! Dinner in the dessert with champagne sounds amazing! Love your outfit at the end too.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      That was the coolest dinner of my life, haha. And thank you so much, Courtney! 🙂

  5. Joanna Joy says:

    Your photos of the sunset are gorgeous! Your itinerary sounds good to me. You always have a great day planned for these posts. I am in love with your map print skirt. You look amazing in yellow too. Sorry it’s been awhile since I have been here. Good to see you!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Joanna! I really appreciate it. Great to see you on here again, too!

  6. This looks like an amazing adventure.
    I want to exp something like this or similar.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      It really was! I hope you get the chance to visit one day!

  7. Dianne Weir says:

    I’m Australian born living near Montreal Canada. I have never been to Uluru but hope to go on my next trip home. Your article is so informative and the photos are really beautiful. A real help in deciding what to do and see there. Thanks so much. ?

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Hi, Dianne! That is so amazing to hear! I’m so excited you found this post informative. I can’t wait to see your photos from your trip home. And feel free to message me with any questions you might have about Uluru. 🙂

  8. OMG those camels!! They are adorable! I love all your travel photos!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw, thank you, Lorna! Haha, those camels were the best.

  9. I think it’s fine, dear Lindsey, because this post will always help people who want to go to Australia and visit Ayers Rock! I think that the pictures are amazing and that picture of the camel and your husband, it looks like they were pals and laughing at a joke, brilliant! I loved the suggestions when you were there and also now that you posted about it again – I didn’t remember about the camels! Hope you have a very lovely week, Lindsey! Hugs!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha, they do like they’re in on some kind of joke! And thank you, Denise. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!

  10. You’re right Lindsey….the views are spectacular!! Besides, what an accomplishment to finish!!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Jodie!

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