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15 Ways Of Seeing Uluru Without Even Touching It

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It's been a long-fought battle of the caretakers of Uluru to discourage visitors from climbing their sacred rock. Yet despite their arduous campaign, people still find the need to satisfy their curiosity.

For the Anangu people, Uluru is a deeply spiritual and sacred place where every rock formation and crevice holds meaning. The traditional owners of the national park only ever climb the rock for cultural reasons. Besides this, they also observed that some climbers have left human waste on the trail.

But the national park is 1,325 square kilometres in size and has heaps of activities that are far more thrilling. So why not see if you have the guts to try some of them?

1. Like jump off a plane at 12000ft.

Skydive Ayers Rock Pty Ltd / Via adrenalin.com.au

You can get the absolute panoramic view of Uluru-Kata Tjuta when you jump off a plane and parachute your way down. C'mon! You know you can do it. The free fall is only 15 seconds of your life.

Read more about it here.

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2. Or plod through the park with one of the local favourites.

Paddy Palin / Tourism NT

See the Northern Territory the 19th century way, from the back of a camel. Operators in the park offer a variety of tours that can cater to your interests. Some give the grand tour of the land, but if you're short for time, a quick visit to the camel farm might suit you better.

Read more about it here.

3. Zoom through the world heritage site in style.

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If you need a shot of adrenaline in your system and a camel ride is just too slow for your liking, these fellas can take you around the park on Harleys, even as far as Kata Tjuta.

4. Have an intimate experience with the rock by trekking through one of its walks.

The base of Uluru is littered with walking trails varying in distance and difficulty. Some notable ones are:

-The Base Walk, a grade 3 trail, takes you from west to east via the north face of the rock and lasts for 3.5 hours.

-The Mala Walk, a grade 1 trail, takes you inside one of Uluru's crevices and lasts for 1.5 hours. A free ranger is available to explain the cultural significance of the place.

-The Kuniya Walk, a grade 1 trail, takes you to the mystical Mutitjulu Waterhole and lasts for 45 minutes.

Read more about these and other Uluru trails here.

5. Take a break at an oasis in the heart of Uluru.

The dry expanse of land around Uluru makes the Mutitjulu Waterhole a perfect respite. Hidden in one of the rock's gorges, the pool can be accessed through the Kuniya walk and is a great spot for a picnic. During the rainy season, the gorge comes to life with a waterfall streaming downhill.

6. Explore the gorges of Uluru's majestic cousin.

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Kata Tjuta, or The Olgas, may be a distance away from the main attraction of the national park but are well worth the trip. There are many walks that take you through and around the heads, like the Valley of the Winds Walk. The longest trail at 7.4km is a real workout with steep inclines in certain points, but the views make it all worth it.

Read more here.

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7. Fly and have a picnic atop a plateau.

Provided by Curtin Springs Station / Tourism NT

Mt Conner may not be as famous as Uluru or Kata Tjuta but it's impressive in its own right. The plateau sits within private land and you can arrange to be flown to the top for a pleasant champagne breakfast.

Alternatively, hikes and tours of the Mt Conner vicinity are also available.

8. Get the grand view of the national park from the air.

If you can't stomach the thought of jumping off a plane, you can still see Uluru-Kata Tjuta from the sky by hopping on one of the helicopters. A 15-minute ride is enough to fly you over the giant rock and see Kata Tjuta from a distance.

Read more here.

9. Back on solid ground, find your inner artist through dot painting.

Shaana Mcnaught / Tourism NT

The Aboriginal community in Uluru is rich with skill and talent, and plenty of them are more than willing to share theirs with visitors. One of these is dot painting, a form of art employed by Aboriginal artists.

Read more about it and their other activities here.

10. Indulge in a glamping experience or rough it out on the camping grounds.

If you have AU$1,200 per person per night to spare, then live like royalty at Longitude 131 (literally, as Wills and Kate stayed here during their Australian visit). Otherwise, you can pitch your tent and camp the old school way on the Ayers Rock Campground.

Of course, there are other accommodations in between. Read more here.

11. Learn about local produce.

Courtesy of Tourism NT

The land may look barren but take a walk with an Aboriginal guide to know how they source their native food. You even get to taste some of it.

Read more about it here.

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12. And savour their taste at the Sounds of Silence.

Courtesy of Tourism NT

There's no better way to cap off your day with dinner while watching the sunset. There are canapes and a barbecue which feature local produce. A traditional performance and stargazing are also on the itinerary for your entertainment.

Read more about it here.

13. Watch as the colours of the rock transform at sunset.

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One of the mysteries of Uluru is how it changes colours in relation to how the sun hits it. The viewing deck is the most popular spot to see this during sunset. But photographers and frequent visitors have shared their own hacks. One even circled the rock to witness this from different angles.

14. As the night folds in, witness the Field of Light come to life.

Courtesy of Tourism NT

Between April 2016 to March 2017, internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro will bring his Field of Light installation to Uluru. The event will see some 50,000 bulbs lighting up the land and complementing the stars in the night sky.

Read more about it here.

15. And lie on your back and let the stars sprinkle their magic in the sky.

Flickr: Ed Dunens / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: blachswan

Uluru is just as magical at night as it is in daytime. The little light pollution in the area means the stars are much more visible. Several tours run star gazing sessions, but you can just DIY your way through the night. It's also the perfect opportunity to flex your astrophotography skills.

Check out who the astronomer taking residency in Uluru is during your visit.

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