Ride the rock with the whole family on an unforgettable day tour of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Northern Territory.
Few places feel as wild as Australia’s Northern Territory. This is where stirring landscapes, gorgeous national parks like Kakadu, spectacular sandstone rocks such as Uluru, magnificent wildlife, and mesmeric Indigenous tales rule. However, for those of adventurous spirit, this beautiful region provides a wealth of wonderful cycling routes.
Of course, any visitor to the Northern Territory should visit the sacred site of Uluru. The World Heritage-listed icon is estimated to be 500 million years old and rises proudly out of the surrounding desert to leave every visitor speechless. The sense of spirituality - epitomised by its importance to the Aboriginal culture and history - is keenly felt here. Fortunately, the Anangu people who own the land, allow visitors and cyclists to explore both Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta.
While there are many activities to be enjoyed, it is best to take your time to pedal slowly round these incredible spots, witness the change in colors on the rock, listen to the Aboriginal stories and leave with your life enriched by a superb experience. The same goes for when visiting the spectacular Kings Canyon, a must for those who love a good hike on its fantastic rim walk.
While Uluru dominates the minds of visits to the Red Centre, there is plenty more to be savoured out in the desert, particularly from the nearest town of Alice Springs. Pedaling out into the Outback to witness the arresting beauty of the famous West MacDonnell Ranges is a must. With many spectacular gaps and gorges to lose yourself in, this is some of the finest cycling in Australia. And better yet after a sweaty day of riding, you can enjoy a proper bush camp, topped off with some excellent food and then drift off to sleep underneath the starriest of skies you will ever witness.
The Northern Territory truly does capture the heart of any visitor and without a doubt, another of its crown jewels is the phenomenal Kakadu National Park. Encompassing more than 20,000 sq km (7,772 sq mi), this nature reserve has wetlands, sandstone escarpments, rivers and is home to 2,000 plant species, plus saltwater crocodiles, incredible birds and so much more. The Aboriginal links here are strong too and with the help of Indigenous guides, you can gaze at ancient rock paintings that date back more than 25,000 years. There are excellent hiking opportunities aplenty, exquisite waterfalls to cool off and the sunsets are breathtaking. It all adds up for a superb cycling experience.
Much like the rest of the Northern Territory, there are so many fantastic sights to be experienced and on a bicycle tour is truly the best way to do it.