Uluru with Kids (Ayers Rock)
Is it easy to visit Uluru with kids? ….. Yes it is! Uluru is surprisingly kid friendly, which makes visiting easy and rewarding. There are lots of kid friendly ways to explore Uluru and it’s a fantastic way to introduce kids to the interesting Aboriginal culture.
I visited Uluru on a self drive camping trip with my husband and kids, with Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park being our final destination before heading back home to the East Coast of Australia. See the route we followed here: Central Australia Road Trip With Kids (The Route We Took)
Even though most people have seen many iconic photos of Uluru, seeing it in person is really magical. The way it changes colour with the setting of the sun is nothing short of amazing. I love that like most things in Central Australia, you don’t have to view it from behind a fence. You can walk completely around the base of it, running your hands along the wall when the track gets close enough.
A lot of people come to Uluru to do ‘the climb’ however I chose not to attempt this long before I arrived, as the traditional owners would prefer people not to climb Uluru. There is a lot of debate as to why the climb isn’t closed if this is their wishes, however it’s really a personal choice as to whether you choose to do the climb or not.
Here are some of the ways to see and learn about Uluru with kids:
The Mala Walk
This is an easy 2 km return walk which has a free guide daily if you get there at the right time. The times vary depending on the season so you will need to check online or with the cultural center for exact times. We began the walk with the group, however there were a lot of people so I couldn’t see much. Little Miss 18 months wanted to run like the wind so we ended up leaving the group and going at a faster pace. It’s a shame though as the ranger talk is really interesting and informative. Whilst I used a baby carrier and also let the kids walk , you could easily manage a stroller on this walk.
Uluru Base Walk
This walk is a 10.6 km loop so it’s a bit far for really young kids however it’s not a difficult walk in that it’s fairly flat. If you’re kids are a bit older, or you are happy to carry little ones in a carrier when they are tired, this walk is still achievable depending on your own fitness levels. We use the Ergo Baby Carrier for little Miss 18 months and the Piggy Back Rider for Mr nearly 4 (see my baby and toddler carriers for travelling section for more information).
This is the walk between the Cultural Centre and the base of Uluru. It’s 4km return and whilst I used a baby carrier, it seemed fairly stroller friendly. When we visited in Spring, there were beautiful wild flowers everywhere.
There are a few other walks that sounds fantastic however we ran out of time to do them. The cultural centre has more information on the walks with exact distances and maps.
Watch the sunset and sunrise from the viewing areas
Ok, I’ll be honest….my kids weren’t terribly excited by this however I was, and I was able to easily occupy them by giving them my phone and a job of taking photos. When the novelty of that wore off, they happily played in the never ending red dirt. I’m sure if your kids are older than mine (18 months and nearly 4 years) they will be more impressed.
We actually visited the sunrise viewing platform at sunset on the 2nd evening. This means that as the sun goes down, Uluru is in silhouette against the stunning colours of the Central Australian sky.
Hire a pushbike
This is really cool ! Did you know that you can hire a pushbike and ride around the base of Uluru? Check out www.outbackcycling.com/uluru. They are really family friendly and hire kiddy seats as well.
The Cultural Centre
The cultural centre is a great place to introduce the kids to Uluru and the Aboriginal culture. Visitors can also get a bite to eat at the cafe or visit the gift and art shop.
Other ways to see Uluru
Below are some other ways that you can see Uluru with the kids. I haven’t personally experienced these things as we were on a strict budget when we visited, however they sound amazing!
- Uluru Camel Tours
- Uluru Motorcycle Tours
- Uluru Scenic Flights
Looking for some inspiration for your next getaway?
For more information, blogs and things to do around Central Australia with kids (The Red Centre), check out my Central Australia & Northern Territory page.
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