Do you need to join a Tour to Experience Uluru?

So you’ve taken the plunge, you’ve booked your tickets and accommodation and you’re off to Uluru for a getaway. Next step, working out what to do at Uluru and how you’ll spend your time there. A common question we get asked here in the NT is do you need to join a tour to experience Uluru?

There are so many ways to experience Uluru and the Red Centre, that you can really be choosy and make your itinerary work for you! So we’ve put together this blog with a few ways you could choose to experience Uluru.


A beautiful sunrise with Uluru glowing red.

Self Drive Uluru Itineraries 

If joining a guided tour just isn’t your thing that is totally fine. You can still experience Uluru and learn about the local area independently. To do this you’ll need to have your own car. Don’t worry if you aren’t driving you can always hire a car (which is best booked in advance), or book aboard the Uluru Hop on Hop Off shuttle bus.

If you are exploring independently and don’t want to miss out on learning how Uluru was formed, about local culture or wildlife, then we strongly recommend getting an Uluru Audio Guide. Uluru Audio Guide can play through the car stereo as you drive around the national park, however it also has content that covers all of the walks within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

So for the best self-sufficient no tour experience, we suggest driving yourself/taking the shuttle and hiring an Uluru Audio Guide. There are even a couple of Uluru self drive itineraries to help you plan your adventures.


Audio Guide Phone

Some tours at Uluru but still independent

If you like the idea of joining a tour to get a sense of connection, however still really want to experience things for yourself, then perhaps you need a blended itinerary. Hire a car and an audio guide for a day to explore Kata Tjuta, but when it comes to Uluru perhaps consider joining a tour with local tour operators. Or better yet could even drive yourself down to the rock to pick up a Segway tour around the full base of Uluru!



Segway riders take photos of one another at Uluru


Fully Guided Uluru Tours with all the bling

If you want to sit back and relax and not have to drive don’t worry, there are plenty of tours at Uluru for you. You can join a myriad of guided tours with transfers that cover Segway tours, walking tours, scenic flights, dot painting and more. To check out all the tour options, head over to the Voyages Ayers Rock Resort website.


To experience Uluru the choice is yours whether you want to join a guided tour or not. All you have to do is decide your travel style and go from there.