Here’s our Top 3 Ways to Spend Less at Uluru:
1. Find the budget accommodation – it does exist!
2. Cook Your Own Food
3. Go in the off season
It is best to know in advance, that in cases of extreme heat, due to health and safety regulations, the rock will possibly not be open to climb. There is no way to send immediate help to anyone who collapses on the rock, so its out of bounds to everyone. This is also true if it happens to rain, as the rock becomes extremely slippery, or in high wind conditions.
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If you are arriving by air, there is a complimentary shuttle bus from the airport to Voyages (everything at Ayres Rock is owned by this company). And they will get you back again in time for your flight. Make sure you pay close attention to your return pick up time as they don’t wait around for long. Once you are settled in at the campsite there is also a shuttle bus that will run you around the voyages community. You may need this to head off to one of the restaurants, or to grab a beer at the bar. It is also very easy to walk.
Entrance to the park is only $25 AUD for a three day pass. I don’t think there is a single attraction in Australia that is that cheap. But you do need to find transport out there. This may mean hiring a car or joining a tour. There is plenty to do in the national park once you are there. There is a cultural centre that explains the history of the area. Walking around the rock which takes 3 1/2 hours to complete. Or the climb itself which takes about 2 hours. This depends on your fitness and how long you spend at the top. It is recommended that if you are not in a good state of physical fitness that you don’t attempt the climb – so far over 40 people have not made it back down, after tragically suffering heart attacks.