Uluru bus sunset viewing area
Uluru at sunset. Photo: Maree Clout
Enjoy panoramic views of Uluru and a peaceful sunset walk in the dunes.
Climbing to the top of a nearby sand dune lets you experience glorious views of Kata Tjuta in the distance.
The bus sunset viewing area is accessible to everyone until 4.00 pm, after which it is reserved for buses and coaches. If you have your own vehicle, you can watch the sunset from the car sunset viewing area nearby.
Most coach tours provide free drinks and snacks to accompany your sunset experience – check with your tour operator for details.
Beat the crowds
The parking area is often busy with bus tours at sunset, but a short (500 m, 30 minutes return) stroll along the dune walk lets you get away from the crowds. The dune walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.
The bus area is also a good spot to start your day with a sunrise. Stay in the carpark to admire the silhouette of Uluru against the rising sun or take the short, sandy walk to the top of the dune to see Uluru, Kata Tjuta and beyond.
Tips for photographers
Go to the end of the dune walk for an uninterrupted view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. From here you can capture Uluru changing colour as the sun sets behind the dunes in the direction of Kata Tjuta. Bring a tripod, your wide angle and a long lens.
This is also a great location to film sunset time-lapses. However, once it starts getting dark, many vehicles will drive past on the highway with their headlights on.