Connellan Airport, also known as Ayers Rock Airport, is located outside the resort town of Yulara just outside Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Within the park is Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa, iconic rock formations located roughly in the geographical center of Australia. Uluru and Kata Tjuṯa have drawn Aboriginal pilgrims for centuries, and later Australian and foreign visitors who admire their majestic size and striking red color. The area is also known for numerous springs, ranges and gorges that dot the surrounding dry grasslands and ranges.
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Best time to book a flight to Connellan Airport
Connellan Airport is surrounded by desert, where the temperature average is close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the peak of summer. The winter, which in this Southern Hemisphere locale occurs May through August, sees average temperatures that dip into the 70s and 60s. The humidity is low throughout the year, making the heat much more bearable.
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Airlines that fly to Connellan Airport
Connellan Airport is a smaller facility with one terminal. The few direct flights at this airport are all domestic flights and are offered by the following airlines:
- Jetstar Airways from Melbourne and Sydney
- QantasLink from Alice Springs and Cairn
- Virgin Australia from Sydney
What to expect when arriving at Connellan Airport
Once you've arrived at Connellan Airport, you'll be greeted by a view of Uluru, the red flat-topped mountain that's the most famous of Australian landmarks. From the terminal you can hop right on a shuttle to one of the hotels or the campground in the area. There are also a handful of car rental companies that offer services: Hertz, Thrifty and Avis.
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Facilities at Connellan Airport
This small airport allows you to get in and out quickly. Along with the gorgeous view of Uluru, you'll be able to shop for travel essentials at a small shop and grab a bite to eat at the airport cafe before you head over to your accommodations.
What to see and do in Yulara
Yulara is a resort town and boasts a number of attractions. It is the base for tours of the nearby park, and also offers a number of lookouts that provide stellar views of Uluru, perfect for taking souvenir photos that will amaze friends and family. Unique tour options available are camel rides and helicopter flights, for those looking for an unforgettable sightseeing vacation.
The nearest large town, Alice Springs, is over five hours' drive away and makes for a pleasant day trip. There is a strong Aboriginal presence here as can be evidenced by the plentiful traditional art galleries downtown and community events that occur throughout the year. The Alice Desert Festival occurs in late August and September, greeting the entrance of summer with a number of workshops, readings, arts and crafts shows and musical acts.
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