Qantas, along with its budget subsidiary, Jetstar, operates direct flights from Sydney and Cairns, and Virgin Australia flies direct from Sydney to Ayers Rock Airport, which is 5 km (3 miles) north of the resort complex. Passengers from other capital cities fly to Alice Springs to connect with flights to Ayers Rock Airport. Qantas flies daily 40-minute flights from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock.
AAT Kings runs a complimentary shuttle bus between the airport and Yulara, which meets every flight. If you have reservations at the resort, representatives wait outside the baggage-claim area of the airport to whisk you and other guests away on the 10-minute drive.
If you're driving from Alice Springs, it's a five-hour-plus, 440-km (273-mile) trip to Ayers Rock Resort. The road is paved, but lacks a shoulder, and is one lane in each direction for the duration, making it challenging and risky to overtake the four-trailer-long road trains. The route often induces fatigue; avoid driving at night as wildlife is prolific and you've a good chance of colliding with a kangaroo.
From the resort it's 19 km (12 miles) to Uluru or 53 km (33 miles) to Kata Tjuta. The road to Kata Tjuta is paved.
If you prefer to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta on your own schedule, then renting your own car is a good idea; the only other ways to get to the national park are on group bus tours or by chauffeured taxi or coach. Avis, Hertz, and Thrifty all rent cars at Ayers Rock Resort. Arrange for your rental early, since cars are limited.
Automobile Association of N.T. (08/8956–2188; 13–1111 emergency road assistance. www.aant.com.au.)
AAT Kings (08/8956–2171 or 1300/228–546. www.aatkings.com.)
N.T. Road Report (1800/246–199. www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/.)