Uluru

Australia's Natural Treasure

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park exceeds all expectations. Even the most seasoned traveller cannot fail to be impressed as the world’s largest monolith, and Australia’s most recognisable icon, rises from the desert in a breathtaking ever-changing vision of colour and texture.

Towering 348 metres from the earth, Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is best explored on foot, giving the opportunity to delve into the many caves and rock pools, and see examples of Aboriginal rock art. To the west is Kata Tjuta, or The Olgas – a collection of 36 weathered rock domes estimated to be as old as 500 million years.

Archaeological work suggests that Aboriginal people have lived here for more than 20,000 years - giving a history that infuses it with an inescapable sense of purpose and wonder. The Anangu traditional landowners lead walking tours in both areas, which are fascinating insights into the region's ecosystem, bush foods and Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.

A range of accommodation, from budget to five star luxury is available in the township of Yulara, purpose-built to service travellers to the park. The Yulara Visitors’ Centre provides information on local history, geology, flora, fauna and culture.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Watch the Sun Rise over Uluru: See the changing hues of the desert’s red heart.
  2. Ride a Camel to Sunset.
  3. Trek to the Valley of the Winds - the views over the central valley of Kata Tjuta are spectacular.
  4. Sample Local Bush Tucker - join an Aboriginal host and learn about desert life, while sampling native bush foods.
  5. Dine under the stars with vast 360-degree view of this vast landscape.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Uluru chapter in our online Northern Territory brochure. Click here.

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