Uluru Circuit

Northern Territory

A flat but long 10km loop around the base of Uluru. Amazing views up the rock and especially in the gullies leading to water holes, if there has been any rain! Best done in the morning before the sun gets high as the shadows and colours are amazing. In summer it would be unbearable any other time than first thing. Limited water spots so take plenty with you. Smaller children will run out of puff and once you are around the far side there are no shortcuts back. For an easier option try the bikes, hired from the cultural centre.

Bird Watching
Heritage Sites
Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
Cycling Permitted
No Arid or Desert
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there:

Access from the carpark at the cultural centre, via a 2.2km track, or from the car park at the base of the climb to the Uluru summit. Note the climb is only permitted until 2019. In any event it is culturally insensitive to the traditional land owners to climb the rock.


Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park from geoscience; issue 5147

Route/Trail notes:

A flat, sandy trail around the base of Uluru, beginning at the start of the climb up the rock. Numerous spots to stop and take photos but note, some sites are culturally sensitive and photography or filming are prohibited. Not many water stops, so take lots with you. Access to the gullies and waterfalls is from boardwalks off the circuit trail. Very hard to get lost, I would say impossible! The rock is clearly visible all the way around. The back side of the rock has the most boring section, if I am honest, where you are furthest from the rock. This is the furthest point from the trail start and the cultural centre.


Park entry to Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP is required; a family of 4 is about $65 for 3 days and you pay at the gate entry just past Yulara.

Other References/Comments:

Lots more info available on the Northern Territory tourism site; or the Uluru-Kata Tjuta NP site; or just about any guidebook to Australia!


Great fun with our two kids, we rode the trail rather than walked it. Would be a long slog with kids. Easy enough in cool weather but would be hard in summer with the distance.

Bishster75 on 13 Jul, 2018

A simply stunning walk.

Jaana Gray on 6 Mar, 2018


Kim on 8 Jun, 2016

Amazing I loved every second of this walk even though it was drizzling

Syd on May, 2013


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