Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s most impressive natural wonders. A UNESCO-certified World Heritage site, this imposing sandstone formation is recognized by the entire world. Local aboriginals place great religious value on Uluru; the Anangu view is the living embodiment of their ancestors. They welcome tourists and require that you treat their sacred places with respect. If you know what to expect, it’s easy to enjoy this unique locale and have a great time.

01How to get to Uluru

A car blazing through the Outback Nick Rains / Getty Images

The quickest way to get to Uluru is to fly there. Various airlines make flights directly to Uluru from every provincial capital in Australia except for Canberra. Alice Springs is a great starting point; the town is the unofficial capital of the outback, and flights from Alice Springs to Uluru take less than an hour. Alice Springs is the only place to embark on a bus ride to Uluru, and if you have time to spend this is the best way. Not only do you save money, but you get to enjoy breathtaking views of the outback. Renting a car and driving to Uluru is an imposing task that will count for at least five hours, but it can be quite practical and rewarding nonetheless.