Yulara is a town near the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the south of the Northern Territory, Australia.Yulara, also known as Ayers Rock Resort, is a service town for Uluru, acting as an accommodation base for visitors to the park. It was constructed in the 1980s and is just outside the national park boundaries.In 2010 the resort was purchased by the Indigenous Land Council who plan to have 50% of the Resorts workforce made up of Indigenous people by 2018.Most people at Yulara would stay one or two nights, and many are on tours. Finding people who spend a week is unusual. The township tends to be very quiet during times when the tours are viewing the rock. The hotel swimming pools (what there are of them) and bars are empty during the mid-afternoons.Get in the same way as you would to Uluru. There is a free shuttle between the airport and Yulara meeting every flight.There is a free shuttle that connects all the hotels and campground at Yulara. There are also very pleasant walking tracks between them, with views of the rock, and opportunities for wildlife spotting.There are 4 lookouts in the ‘town’ area of Yulara, which give views out onto the National Park. Each of the hotels/camp grounds have a lookout close to them, being the Emu Lookout for Desert Gardens, Emu Walk apartments, Lost Camel and Sails in the Desert, Pioneer Lookout for the Outback Pioneer Hotel and Naninga Lookout for the Ayers Rock Resort Campground. There is also another look out in the middle of Yulara Drive, called the Imalung Lookout. Additionally there is a lookout in the coach campground area, should you be travelling on a coach camping tour. This gives a view of the resort, as well as Uluru and Kata Tjuta.For an idea of the wildlife in the National Park, visit the Visitors Centre, located next door to the Desert Gardens Hotel. Of course, the main thing to do is to get out to Uluru and Kata Tjuta, but the lookouts in the resort tend to be forgotten about – and at sunrise and sunset they have a different aspect for a photo.You might also want to see Mount Conner, a plateau frequently mistaken for Ayers Rock by travelers.Arrangements can be made for helicopter tours of the area, ranging from quick, ten minute buzzes of Uluru to longer rides taking in Kata Tjuta and King’s Canyon as well. For a more level perspective, visitors can try camel rides. There are also astronomy walks in the evening. Reservations must be made for all events, however. Offices are located throughout the resort.There are other sorts of short daily presentations in a grassy area a short walk from the village square that have a published schedule, such as dot painting class. There is a presentation of local aboriginal dance also. The only problem is don’t expect the aboriginal dancing display to be actually by aboriginal people. However, if you accept the view that Australia’s ancient history is the common heritage of all Australians, then the dance display might interest you… warning, you will probably be asked to join in. Obviously 99.9% of visitors go to the rock, $25 per person entry fee to the park payable at the gate

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