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Ayers Rock Airport is situated near Yulara, around 463km away from Alice Springs, Northern Territory, and 20 minutes drive from Uluru itself. An average of just under 300,000 passengers per year pass through this airport in the middle of Australia.To visit Ayers Rock Helicopters and other attractions in Yulara, use our Yulara online sightseeing planner.
Connellan Airport was originally started by Edward Connellan. He started an airline called "Connellan Airways" which specialised in transport, Royal Flying Doctor Service and mail runs. The planes that were used in this airline were usually "Butterflies" which were given to them from Qantas, Douglas DC3s, and a few other planes. The development of tourism infrastructure adjacent to the base of Uluru that began in the 1950s soon produced adverse environmental impacts. It was decided in the early 1970s to remove all accommodation-related tourist facilities and re-establish them outside the park. In 1975, a reservation of 104km2 of land beyond the park's northern boundary, 15km from Uluru, was approved for the development of a tourist facility and an associated airport, to be known as Yulara. The new facilities became fully operational in late 1984.
On 6 August 2000, an Ansett Airbus A320-211, arrived from Auckland Airport, New Zealand, carrying the Sydney Olympic Torch for its inaugural Australian leg. From there, the torch was taken for a run around Uluru, followed by a formal reception.
Ayers Rock Helicopters Reviews
We had booked an early flight and our pilot was waiting for us when we got to the meeting place. After a short presentation, we departed at 09:10 hours heading west to the Kuta Jtuba (the Olgas... more »
My husband and I decided to do the 15 minute rock blast and it was amazing. Seeing Uluru from the air really puts it in perspective. Our pilot was lovely and very knowledgeable of the area and the... more »
Had a spectacular time!! Highly recommended!!! Rhys, Brandon , Rene, you all had a great sense of humour which made the experience more worth while! We would definitely come back and do it again soon!!
Great experience with the pilot Carmen - absolutely spectacular views especially of the Olgas which are more intricate than Uluru - not cheap but well worth the experience of being so close to the rocks - helicopters must apparently fly 500ft below the planes, so they get a closer look!! A once in a lifetime experience that my 9YO son and I loved!!
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