Today you’ll be up early to drive to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku – the Uluru sunrise viewing area. During the journey your experienced Driver Guide will share some history on the numerous sacred sites that you’ll pass along the way. These stories form part of what is known to the local Anangu people as Tjukurpa – the foundation of Anangu life and culture. Tjukurpa encompasses Anangu religion, law and moral systems, the creation period and the relationship between people, plants, animals and the land.
Once at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku you’ll be served a morning tea of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and an assortment of sweet biscuits while you begin to familiarise yourself with the beautiful surroundings. You can just relax and take a seat or wander around the viewing area in search of your own personal place to watch the sunrise.
Talinguṟu Nyakunytjaku Viewing Area
Simply translated, ‘Talinguru Nyakunytjaku’ means ‘to look from the sand dunes’ and this area of Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park lets you do just that. You’ll be captivated by the view from the dunes as the sun rises over Uluru in the foreground and Kata Tjuta in the distance.
Sunrise over Uluṟu
The Talinguru Nyakunytjaku viewing platform allows you to see for many kilometres. From here you’ll witness first light as it gently embraces the desert landscape. You’ll no doubt want to take advantage of the amazing photo opportunities that this experience provides. As the sun rises so too does the incredible birdlife that calls Uluru home. Listen as the birdsong welcomes the new day and experience the tranquillity of nature.
Half Day Tour
Approximately 3 hours
90 minutes prior to sunrise
from Ayers Rock Resort
75 minutes approximately
after sunrise to Ayers Rock Resort
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Warm layers in cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
|•||Departs 90 minutes prior to sunrise|
|•||15 minutes at sunrise viewing area|
|•||Return to resort 75 minutes after sunrise|
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pick-up times vary throughout the year due to different sunrise times.
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Uluṟu is also known as Ayers Rock; it was named by William Gosse in 1873 after Sir Henry Ayers.
The rock was created over some 600 million years, and the Aborigines have been in the area for the last 22,000 years.
Uluṟu originally sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348 m above ground. Surprisingly, 2.5 km of its bulk is underground.
Uluṟu is about 3.6 km long and 1.9 km wide, with a circumference of 9.4 km.
Uluṟu's surface is made up of valleys, ridges & caves that were created through erosion over millions of years. Surface oxidation of its iron content gives it an orange-red hue.