The Aboriginal icon and Australian treasure, Uluru, is a major draw for domestic and international tourists alike. The government has recently announced that climbing the rock will be forbidden early next year, but there are plenty of other ways to see Uluru in all its majesty.

Don’t be like the stampede of tourists that go to Uluru on their tour buses in little lines of ants. They step off their bus long enough to snap a picture then move on to the next destination. Something as spiritually significant and awe-inspiring as this needs to be appreciated in all its magnitude. Here are some not so traditional ways to experience a not so traditional landscape.


Although not often associated with Australia, the camel was instrumental in the development of Northern Australia and many still roam wild in the bush up here. You’ll set off before dawn, and if you have the same experience as me, be half asleep on the swaying back of your particularly flatulent camel. But when the sun rises over the red crest of Uluru, you won’t want to close your eyes for a second out of fear of missing something magical.


If a flatulent camel doesn’t sound like your thing (can’t think why), maybe you would prefer something with a little more roar. There are tour operators offering trips to the site on the back of a Harley. You can drive it if you have a licence, or you can sit on the back and snap photos of the gorgeous landscapes. Top it all off with a glass of bubbly at the end of the tour. I could definitely get used to exploring Australia like this.


Couple a once-in-a-lifetime view with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Throw yourself out of a plane and see Uluru from a seriously different angle. Once the sheer terror of freefalling subsides, and the parachute has safely opened without any hiccups, you can really appreciate the magnitude of Uluru, complete with the buzz of adrenaline from not-dying.


If the view of skydiving sounds great, but the practice of hurtling through the air towards a massive rock doesn’t appeal, maybe go for a helicopter or plane tour. You get all the thrills and sights of Australia’s most appealing landscape, with (almost) none of the danger.


Experience Uluru through your taste buds with one of the local dining experiences that let you eat outside with Uluru as an impressive backdrop. I haven’t been able to try this one yet, but have made a note to give it a go next time I am in Northern Territory.

Break the mould and see Uluru differently with one of these alternative Uluru experiences. Most people only make the trip out to see it once, so make it a belter.


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Oli Ward
Oli Ward

Oli has camped and hiked his way around Australia and most of Europe. He also loves writing about his experiences and sharing his knowledge.