Uluru & The Northern Territory: An Overview

At the heart of Australia is the 'Red Centre', a dry, sparsely vegetated and even more sparsely populated region of the country. The landscape is starkly beautiful and renowned for its chameleon-like quality as it changes colour many times between dawn and dusk. At the centre of this ancient landscape is the extraordinary natural wonder of Uluru (also known as Ayer's Rock). To the west, the equally impressive Kata Tjuta is a spectacular collection of 36 weathered red domes separated by narrow valleys.

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  • You can spend a night of your Uluru Holiday in a swag (a canvas tent come sleeping bag designed to keep creepy crawlies at bay) under the stars

Uluru & The Northern Territory: The Detail

At the centre of this ancient landscape is the extraordinary natural wonder of Uluru (also known as Ayer's Rock). To the west, the equally impressive Kata Tjuta is a spectacular collection of 36 weathered red domes separated by narrow valleys.

Original Travel can arrange your holiday itinerary to include exploration of this desert scenery and the dynamic ecology that exists in this harsh and barren environment, or to discover the cultural relationship between the aboriginals and the surrounding land - their medicines, music, customs, legends and art that have adapted to suit this arid environment.

The so-called 'Top End' of Australia, the Northern Territory, is home to huge quantities of wildlife and impressive bird life across thousands of square miles of national parks - including the magnificent Kakadu National Park - criss-crossed by waterways, spectacular gorges and valleys. In Kakadu's neighbouring Arnhem Land there is also a labyrinth of caves and rock overhangs with rock paintings that date back and estimated 50,000 years. This is Australia at its finest and both the Northern Territory and Uluru are well worth a feature on your holiday itinerary.


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A pre-dawn visit to Uluru is an absolute must. Aside the chance to explore before the crowds arrive, learning about the ancient cultures and history of Uluru as the sunlight creeps up the red rock is a truly memorable experience.

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  • Average Temp. — 23°C / 73°F
  • Rainfall — 12cm / 4.9 inches
  • Water Temp. — 24°C / 75°F
Flight from London

19:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +10 hrs

Top picks for Uluru & The Northern Territory

Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris

Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris

Uluru & The Northern Territory

Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris is built on a sacred aboriginal site comprising of rainforests, lakes and mountainous rock formations. As the honorary custodian of this vast area, Max Davidson invites visitors to stay in what would otherwise be a private wilderness.

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Bamurru Plains safari bungalows

Bamurru Plains

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Bamurru Plains is a luxury ‘wild bush’ tented safari camp in a region famous for having Australia’s most prolific bird and wildlife.

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Sails in the Desert

Sails in the Desert

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Sails in the Desert, named for its sail like structure, makes up part of the Ayers Rock Resort and is a mere half an hour from the spectacular Uluru, making it the perfect base from which to explore the Australian outback.

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Sab Lord and Aborigines

Top End Tours with Sab Lord

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Australia’s vast Northern Territory is a magnificent blend of ancient Aboriginal heritage, striking landscapes and varied wildlife, and no one knows the Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land in Northern Australia like Sab Lord. Snaffle one of his highly sought after exclusive day tours to aboriginal heartlands to hear about their traditions and see stunning rock art.

What to do

Longitude 131 luxury tent at dawn

Longitude 131°

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Longitude 131° is the most innovative camp in Australia’s Red Centre.

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Bullo River

Bullo River

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Encircled by the coffee-coloured waters of a meander on the Victoria River and rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, this homestead has 12 en-suite rooms located by the vast living areas of the homestead.

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