Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park

We, the traditional land owners of Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, are direct descendants of the beings who created our lands during the Tjukurpa (Creation Time). We have always been here. It is our duty to look after the land, which includes passing on its history to our children and grandchildren. We call ourselves Anangu, and would like you to use that term for us.

 

Some of us speak Yankunytjatjara and others speak Pitjantjatjara as first languages. We teach our language to our children.

 

"This is Aboriginal land and you are welcome. Look around and learn, in order to understand Aboriginal people and also understand that Aboriginal culture is strong and alive." - Nellie Patterson, traditional owner.

 

Our land is a unique and beautiful place. This is recognised by its listing as a World Heritage Area for both its cultural and natural values. We would like all people with an interest in this place to learn about the land from those who have its knowledge. Please respect this knowledge and open your minds and hearts to our enduring culture.

 

You are welcome to visit Uluru to be inspired by the natural beauty, to enjoy it. We are greatly concerned about your safety while on our land, because we want you to return to your families to share the knowledge about our culture that you have gained.

 

Getting there

 

By Road: 443km along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways, south west of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. There is plenty to see and do along the way. Drive yourself, catch a bus or join a tour from Alice Springs. Contact the Central Australian Tourism Industry Association, the Northern Territory Tourist Commission or TravelNT.com for more information.

 

By Air: Flights depart daily from most capital cities to Connellan Airport which is located just outside the Park. Contact your travel agent for further details. Car hire is available from the airport and is best arranged through your travel agent before arrival.

 

Accommodation
Ayers Rock Resort is located just outside the Park. It has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. Camping is not permitted in the Park.

 

Visitor Activities

 

Cultural Centre
Visit the Cultural Centre first. You will enjoy exploring the Park much more if you know a little about Anangu culture and this semi-arid environment.

 

Displays at the Cultural Centre are in Pitjantjatjara, English, Italian, Japanese, German and French.

 

Sunrise and Sunset Viewing

A spectacular sunset over Uluru from the car sunset viewing area
Watching the colour of Uluru and Kata Tjuta change is a spectacular and popular activity. The colour changes result from the effects of the Earth's atmosphere on the sun's incoming rays. The ash, dust particles and water vapour present in the earth's atmosphere act as a filter which can remove the bluer light from the incoming rays of the sun, allowing the redder light through at different times of day. Reflections from the rock and clouds in the sky enhance the vivid colours.

 

There are specific parking areas constructed at the best locations to view and photograph the sunrise and sunset at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

 

This is a good time of the day to reflect on your day's activities and the living cultural landscape of the park.

 

Ranger Guided Walk

A ranger describing the history and traditions associated with Uluru on a ranger guided walk
A free Ranger guided Mala Walk is conducted daily from the base of Uluru. It starts at 8:00am October through to April and 10:00am during May through to September. Allow 1.5 hours. This walk is wheelchair accessible.

 

A Ranger will guide you along a shaded track, stopping to tell the story of the Mala (rufous hare wallaby) Tjukurpa. Joint management of the park, rock art, traditional and contemporary Anangu life and culture will also be discussed.

 

Self - Guided Walks
Self-guiding brochures for the Kuniya Walk/Mutitjulu Waterhole and the Mala Walk/Kantju Gorge can be purchased from the Cultural Centre. Both walks are wheelchair accessible.

 

Uluru Walks

 

Base of Uluru
(9.8km• self guided • allow 3-4hrs full circuit)
This walk reveals the natural beauty and rich culture of Uluru. You will be following the footsteps of the ancestral beings that shaped the landscape, and by choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing, you will be respecting Tjukurpa and Anangu wishes. Starting at the cultural centre, proceed down the Liru Track. Continue clockwise around the base of Uluru, returning to the cultural centre via the Liru Track. If you choose instead to start the base walk at either the Mala or Kuniya carparks, please visit the cultural centre first for important safety advice, cultural knowledge and general information.

 

Liru Walk
(4 km return • self guided • allow 1.5 hours • dry–weather wheelchair access)
This walk will take you between the cultural centre and the base of Uluru. The track winds through stands of wanari (mulga) and after rain, often displays colourful flowers.

 

Mala Walk and Kantju Gorge - North-West side of Uluru
(2 km return • self guided • allow 1.5 hours • wheelchair access)
This track begins at the Mala Walk car-park and ends at the inspiring Kantju Gorge. Purchase the ‘An Insight into Uluru’ booklet or follow the signs to learn about Anangu perceptions of Uluru. You will learn about Mala Tjukurpa and see where dramatic events took place during creation times. There are many fine examples of Anangu rock art along the way. From the waterhole you can continue on the Base Walk or stroll back to the car-park.

Kuniya Walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole - Southern side of Uluru
(1 km return • self guided • allow 45 minutes • wheelchair access)
From the Kuniya carpark, visitors can walk the short track to this special waterhole, home of Wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. Following the signs or using the ‘An Insight into Uluru’ booklet, learn more about the Tjukurpa of Kuniya in this area. A rock shelter, used in the past by Aboriginal people still living today, contains rock art.

 

Dune Walk - Bus sunset carpark
(30 mins return)
Takes you along a sand dune with views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Look for animal tracks, compare sand dune vegetation with the woodland stretching towards Kata Tjuta.

 

Kata Tjuta views and walks

 

Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing Area
(600m • allow 30 minutes • wheelchair access)

Magnificent panoramic views of the southern side of Kata Tjuta are available from the dune lookout
This short walk, located 26 km along the road to Kata Tjuta, offers a magnificent panoramic view of Kata Tjuta and a relaxing place to sit and absorb this ever-changing landscape, especially at sunrise. Listen to the breeze whisper through desert oaks.

 

Dune-top platforms provide seating, shade and visitor information. Uluru can also be easily seen on the distant horizon from this lookout.

 

Walpa Gorge Walk
(2.6 km return • allow 1 hour)
Formerly known as Olga Gorge, Walpa (meaning windy) Gorge is a desert refuge for plants and animals. The rocky track gently rises along a moisturerich gully, passing inconspicuous rare plants and ending at a grove of flourishing spearwood. Experience the sheerness of the domes and the vastness of the landscape.

 

The Valley of the Winds Walk - Kata Tjuta
(7.4 km full circuit • allow 3 hours • commercial photography not allowed)

One of the views available from the Kata Tjuta sunset viewing area
Karu (1st) Lookout is 1.1 km from the carpark. The track is closed here during periods of extreme weather conditions. The track to Karingana (2nd) Lookout is challenging but worthwhile. You will walk through spectacular stony country so please mind your step.

 

For your safety, this walk is closed from Karu Lookout at 11.00am if the forecast temperature is 36º or greater.

 

Sunset Viewing Area - wheelchair access
A perfect place for a picnic any time of the day, or to watch the last rays of the sun hit the western domes. The only toilet block at Kata Tjuta is located here.

 

Anangu Tours - Kuniya and Liru Walks
Guided tours along the Kuniya and Liru walks are available from Anangu Tours - an Aboriginal owned enterprise. Anangu guides tell you about Tjukurpa, bush food, traditional lifestyle and they demonstrate some of their bush skills.

 

Safe Walking
Every year a number of visitors suffer from heat stroke and heat exhaustion. These conditions are easily preventable - just by being better prepared.

 

Remember to:

 

>>Wear a hat, strong shoes and sunscreen.
>>Carry and drink at least 1 litre of water per hour.
>>Walk in the cooler parts of the da
>>Stay on the track.

 

Contacting Us
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park
PO Box 119
Yulara NT 0872
Australia

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Parks and Wildlife Service NT

 

 

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