The best views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta are from the air. Light-plane tours, with courtesy hotel pickup from Ayers Rock Resort hotels, include 40-minute flights over Ayers Rock and The Olgas, and day tours to Kings Canyon and a huge meteorite crater known as Gosses Bluff. Prices run from A$105 to A$670 per person; for options, contact Ayers Rock Resort. Helicopter flights are A$140 per person for 15 minutes over Ayers Rock, or A$275 for 30 minutes over The Olgas and the rock.
Air Tour Contacts
Ayers Rock Helicopters (08/8956–2077. www.helicoptergroup.com.)
Ayers Rock Scenic Flights (08/8956–2345. www.ayersrockresort.com.au.)
Professional Helicopter Services (08/8956–2003. www.phs.com.au.)
Ayers Rock Resort organizes trips through the Uluru and Kata Tjuta region led by local Aboriginal people. Tours, which leave from the resort, include the guided bush tucker tours (A$85) and full-day 4WD trips to Cave Hill and into the desert of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia (A$155) as well as sunrise tour at the base of Uluru (A$155 with breakfast). Guides are Aborigines who work with interpreters. Aboriginal art aficionados can attend dot-painting workshops (A$69).
A great way to get out in the open and see the sights is from the back of one of the desert's creatures. Uluru Camel Tours has sunrise and sunset tours that last for 2½ hours for A$119; tours leave from the Ayers Rock Resort.
Uluru Camel Tours (08/8956–2444. ulurucameltours.com.au.)
SEIT Outback Australia (08/8956–3156. www.seitoutbackaustralia.com.au.)