Ayres Rock or Kakadu in June

by Connie Dobrin
(Chicago, Illinois, USA)

I will be traveling in June with two teenagers and I am interested in either going to Ayres Rock or Kakadu. Which area would be better if I only have time for one?

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Probably Uluru
by: Anonymous

Having been to Uluru once and Kakadu twice (the second visit being fleeting) I would probably go for Uluru as it is so iconic. We rented a 4wd camper van from Alice Springs for 5 days and visited several other places at the same time. Great trip but it was 16 years ago.

American visitors
by: John T4

It depends on where you are arriving in Australia, NT is easy and vehicle hire plentiful, Kakadu, Litchfield, and Katherine easy to do. Alice Springs very big kilometers to do to visit Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon, also the West and East McDonald's ranges.

Cold vs warm
by: Anonymous

Uluru is freezing at night in June, so if you are camping that's a problem. Especially seeing no fires allowed at the Uluru camping site. (It was 2010 when we were there, it may have changed)

Whereas there is heaps to do in Kakadu and great camp grounds, especially if you have a 4WD and can camp at places like Bucket Billabong. I would never return to Uluru, the commercialism upset me. We have returned to Kakadu and hope to have a third visit to get to places we didn't have time for. The aboriginal art is excellent, lots of good walks, climbing, and swimming in certain (high) spots, like Gunlom and Maguk.

I live in the NT
by: Anonymous

Both are stunning places to visit. If we have a big wet season some places in Kakadu may still be closed but there are certainly many places that will be accessible. Kakadu is only about 2 - 3 hours from Darwin and Litchfield National Park (some say more beautiful than Kakadu) is only about 1.5 hours from Darwin so perhaps if you choose Kakadu you could include a visit to Litchfield as well. If you have time that would be my recommendation. Lots happening in Darwin in June too. Ayres Rock and the surrounding country is stunning but depending how you plan to travel, the distances are great. Whatever you choose, you will love it!

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