Uluru, formally known as Ayers Rock, is an Australian tourist icon famous the world over. A resort town has been set up just 20kms away from the rock that caters for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that swarm here each year.
In this town you’ll find restaurants, services and accommodation; mostly 5 star hotels and resorts and just one camping ground that is extremely pricey. Unfortunately though, there’s no view from the Yulara township to the 300m high pillar of red rock that brings everyone there in the first place.
If you want to save some money and wake up to the best view of Uluru outside of the national park, here’s how to do it!
On your drive into Uluru along the Lasseter Highway you will firstly pass through the township of Yulara. Just after Yulara you will enter the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and 20kms later you’ll arrive at Uluru itself.
Around 8km before the turnoff to Yulara, you’ll see a dirt road on the right hand side. This is the road you’ll want to take to get the best camp spot.
There are a few other turn offs around here that lead to camping (as seen on the Wikicamps map above), but if you want a camp spot that is private and has a great view, the one almost exactly 8kms out from Yulara is your best bet.
Once you take this turn off you’ll come across a labyrinth of tracks that criss cross each other with areas of scrub in between them. You’ll notice a lot (I mean A LOT) of campervans and tents set up in this area.
If you stick to the very left hand track though, and continue driving up a little mound you’ll get onto a track that will take you in the direction of Uluru. You can’t miss it as the massive slab of red rock will be right in front of you.
Keep driving along this track for as far as you like. The further you go the less likely you are to see other campers and the better the view of Uluru gets. We camped at exactly -25.222309 131.043213 on the top of a little ridge with an amazing view to the south.
The spot is the perfect base camp for exploring the region. From here you can set out on day trips to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta. We highly recommend attending one of the free guided tours of Ulura starting at 10am daily. You’ll walk along the base of Uluru with a local ranger learning about the fauna, flora and aboriginal significance of the area.
By sharing this post I’m hoping that others can enjoy the awesome opportunity we had to camp in this amazing spot. The only thing I ask in return is that while you’re camping here, PLEASE make sure to care for the environment and take ALL your rubbish with you when you leave.