The centrally located attraction known as Ayers Rock might be in the middle of the Outback, in an extremely remote location, but the ability to celebrate one of the biggest holiday seasons of the year – Christmas and New Year’s – does not escape those in the tourism industry. Seeing as there is one week that encompasses both of these major holidays, it is one of the rare times of the year that most individuals have leave from work that allows them to travel. The accommodating nature of many of the resorts and hotels in Ayers Rock means that travelers can visit this remote and much less crowded region and not feel like they are giving up their holiday celebrations.
Christmas at Ayers Rock
The holiday traveler will be happy to know that resorts and hotels in Ayers Rock tend to offer a luxurious dining event, lunch or dinner, for Christmas Day celebrations. As all hotels and resorts vary, it is important to check in advance with your accommodation provider. Besides a good meal, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is open year round with December hours running from 5am to 9pm in order to allow visitors the chance to view sunrise or sunset over the monolith that is Ayers Rock.
New Year’s Eve at Ayers Rock
As with Christmas, the area of Yulara (where most of the restaurants, hotels and resorts for a visit to Ayers Rock (Uluru) reside) hosts New Year’s Eve special dining menus. The small community of Yulara and the large numbers of travelers provide a great environment for ringing in the New Year near at Ayers Rock. Again, a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta is made possible by its year-round open schedule.
The New Year season at Ayers Rock is said to be the busiest time of the year. If you can hold off traveling there until several days after the new year, then there will be a smaller crowd of tourists to deal with.