Uluru Summit

Northern Territory

The climb of Uluru is allowable at this stage (last day 26th October 2019), on a daily basis. Circumstances of excessive wind or heat are the more common reasons behind the climb's closure. You probably would not want to climb Uluru under those conditions anyway.

Lookouts
Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Arid or Desert
849m
Maximum Elevation
322m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From the Mala car park at Uluru, there is a clearly signed starting point for the climb.

Maps:

Uluru and Kata Tjuta Visitor Guide

Route/Trail notes:

There is a clearly signed starting point to commence the climb. Starting the ascent, you scramble approximately 25 metres to a chain that will help you to the halfway point. This part of the climb is the steepest, and it's advisable to stay on this path only. Along the chained path, there are several sections off to the side that fall away, all the way to the ground. Considering there are around 40 recorded deaths resulting from this climb, the aiding chained track is the recommended path to use.

The chain ends at a large flat area, perfect for resting. From this point you follow a series of lines to the summit, but with no chain. 

As the climb starts to level out, there are a number of small, but reasonably steep ridges that the path will guide you through. Care should still be taken on these, as tripping could result in injury.

At the top is a marker about a metre high, and an amazing 360 degree view, particularly towards Kata Tjuta/The Olgas.

Permits/Costs:

Admission to the park costs A$25 per adult (2019) and provides a three or more days day pass. Passes are non-transferable and all passes are checked by park rangers.

Other References/Comments:

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

Comments

The climb was very steep in parts but the chain helps you all the way. So worth it when you get to the top. The view is amazing!

Sally on 10 Jul, 2019

Been on my bucket list for a while and figured I'd do it before it gets closed permanently on October 26. I know there is some contention about whether you should climb it or not given the cultural significance but I validated it in my mind by treating the climb and the land with a high level of respect and following the rules stipulated at the base of the rock (much like I do with every mountain I climb). You can only get access to climb Uluru in summer months between 7-8am and only then if the wind isn't forecast to exceed whatever the rangers threshold for high wind is. I rang up beforehand and was led to believe it was closed more often than it was open due to wind and temp, but hard to know if they were just saying that as a deterrent. The climb itself is a bit like a less intense version of Mt Beerwah with a fairly steep rocky incline at the very beginning. The view from the top is excellent, you can see miles in every direction. Is a shame they are closing it, was definitely the highlight of the trip.

Vonsnrub on 26 Feb, 2019

Wow! What an experience. My husband and I were last ones on rock for the day. Had to self-timer our photos. Sunset over Olgas while we were still on way down.

LIZA on 13 May, 2016

As per the notes on the Aussie Bushwalking Page ( I added the climb )

Its a tiring climb up Uluru, stick to the recommended track only, take water with you, and avoid the cliff edges. If you have reasonable fitness, you should be fine.

Pending the amount of tourist's there on the day, you could reach the summit in approx 1 hour. Take your camera to capture many great photo's !

DrummerJeff on 1 Aug, 2011

Well worth it.
Tried very hard to consider the local owners wishes.
I respect their feelings while also it is just a rock.
Difficult dynamic, not sure which view is right, maybe both?

drewmac on Sep, 2008

20 minutes to the top. Probably too many tourists to enjoy this place.

Anonymous on 18 Sep, 2007

I did this climb twice while living/working at Ayers Rock Resort. The views are spectacular.

Aussie Weekend Warrior on 2000

Climbed Uluru back in 94 on a road trip , at that stage there was still the book to sign on top of Ayers Rock

J on 17 Apr, 1994

When you first see Uluru from the coach it’s fantastic to see the sheer size of it.

Adam on Jul, 1992

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