The Ayers Rock, which the locals refer to as Uluru, is the centerpiece of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Ayers Rock is many things to many people – in essence, this iconic monolith in the heart of Australia is a tourist attraction, a geological wonder, a cultural landmark, and a sacred place.

Not far away from Uluru is Kata Tjuta, a group of 36 rocky domes spread over an area of more than 20 km (12 Miles). Kata Tjuta is also known as The Olgas.

One of the best ways to experience both Uluru and the sprawling domes of Kata Tjuta is from the comfort of a helicopter seat.

In this article, we tell you everything you must know before you book your helicopter tour to Uluru.

What to expect on the helicopter tour

Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are two major stone formations (and thus landmarks!) in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

It isn’t easy to understand its size and scale from ground level, and that is where a helicopter tour helps. 

This video by Ayers Rock helicopters gives you an idea of what to expect during the heli tour –

Best Uluru helicopter tours

Uluru helicopter rides come in many flavors. 

You can decide to fly over only the Ayers Rock or fly over both Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta

If you want, you can combine both the rock formations with a flypast over the glittering Lake Amadeus.

We present below our favorite six heli ours, which are popular with vacationers in this part of Australia. 

Tickets for kids

Kids younger than two can sit in their parent’s lap and don’t need to pay for tickets. 

The tour cost mentioned below applies to all passengers two years and above.

Cancellations

For a full refund, you can cancel the recommended tour tickets at least 24 hours before the experience.

Hotel pick up

If you are staying in one of the Ayers Rock Resort accommodations, the tour operators will pick you up from your hotel.

1. Uluru and Kata Tjuta Scenic Helicopter tour (1 hour)

On this tour, you take to the skies by helicopter and soar high over Uluru and nearby Kata Tjuta.

There is no better way to capture the sheer size of these attractions, so don’t forget to bring the camera along. 

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This ticket includes pick up and drop from your hotel.

Departure: Town Square Helipad, Yulara NT 0872, Australia (Google Map)

Duration: 1 hour
Narration: Live Commentary by Pilot/Guide
Tour Operator: Professional Helicopter Services
Tour timings: 11.45 pm, 3 pm

Cost of the tour: $184 (284 AUD)

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2. Uluru & Kata Tjuta Grand View Helicopter Flight (90 minutes)

If you want to spend more time in the helicopter savoring views of Australia’s mesmerizing Red Centre, opt for this tour.

Image: Phs.com.au

As with other tours, in this too, the pilot explains the landmark’s fascinating history and Aboriginal significance. 

Departure: Town Square Helipad, Yulara NT 0872, Australia (Google Map)

Duration: 90 minutes
Narration: Live Commentary by Pilot/Guide
Tour Operator: Professional Helicopter Services
Tour timings: 8.30 am, 5.30 pm

Cost of the tour: $231 (358 AUD)

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Ayers Rock Helicopters also offers the same tour. Check them out

3. Uluru, Kata Tjuta, and Lake Amadeus helicopter tour

During this 55-minute helicopter tour, you see Uluru, Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas), and Lake Amadeus.

Lake Amadeus is a large salt lake towards the North of Uluru rock formations.

Check out the video of the Amadeus lake below –

You must choose between a morning or an afternoon tour. 

Departure: You get picked up from your Ayers Rock Resort accommodation 

Duration: 55 minutes
Narration: Live Commentary by Pilot/Guide
Tour Operator: Ayers Rock Helicopters

Tour timings: Both morning and afternoon departures are available (once you make the booking the tour operator and you can agree on the schedule of take-off)

Cost of the tour: $316 (490 AUD)

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4. Cheapest Uluru helicopter tours

Tourists who are on a budget or those with limited time see only Uluru and skip Kata Tjuta domes.

If you want to keep your Uluru helicopter tour cost low, check out this tour

If you want a short 15-minute Uluru helicopter tour, and also want to take in the Yulara Township from the air, check out this tour.

On the ticket booking page, you must select ‘Option 6.’