A Guide to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

In the middle of Australia you’ll find Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Uluru is an Australian icon and one of the nation’s most significant landmarks. Fortunately, you can visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park on all of our Uluru tours, which range from overnight trips to five-day Outback adventures. Keep reading to learn more about its history and the best things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

What You Need To Know About Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park consists of over 300,000 acres of protected area. Uluru was formerly called Ayers Rock, while Kata Tjuta is also known as The Olgas. A sandstone monolith, Uluru is 348 metres tall and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres. Kata Tjuta is a series of 36 conglomerate rock domes that date back a staggering 500 million years. The largest dome stands at 546 metres.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is jointly managed by Anangu, the local Aboriginal people and traditional owners, and Parks Australia. The Anangu people have lived in the Central Australian desert for over 10,000 years. Their traditional belief system is connected to the landscape, which is why Uluru and Kata Tjuta have such spiritual significance.

The best time to visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is in the shoulder seasons: from March to May and October to November. June to September is peak season, which equals big crowds.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

See the sunrise or sunset over Uluru

Uluru is known for its trademark red appearance, which glows during sunrise and sunset. You can’t visit Uluru without witnessing one or the other (or both)! Fortunately, we ensure you don’t miss this experience on all of our Uluru tours. In fact, our overnight Dingo Dreaming Tour includes seeing both the sunrise and sunset; with the latter made even sweeter with sparkling wine and nibbles – what could be better?

Hike around Kata Tjuta

Because Kata Tjuta is a sacred site, there are only two sanctioned walking tracks. Valley of the Winds is a challenging seven-kilometre trail in Kata Tjuta that usually takes between three to four hours to complete. There are two viewpoints along the way with unbeatable views. The other route is the Walpa Gorge walk, which is a 2.6-kilometre return trail. It’s home to a seasonal stream and a plethora of flora and fauna, including rock wallabies and a grove of spearwood trees.

Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a must-visit attraction within the national park. It’s where you can learn more about the Anangu people and their culture through exhibitions and free presentations. Don’t miss the Tjukurpa Tunnel, which features Anangu art, historical documentaries and information about Anangu traditions. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is also home to two Aboriginal-owned art galleries, as well as a cafe and souvenir store.

Ride a camel

Camels were imported to Australia in the 19th century and were the main means of transport in the Outback, until roads and railways were established. Follow in our settlers’ footsteps and enjoy a camel ride through the desert, with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. Uluru Camel Tours is an award-winning company with over 60 friendly camels, ready to take you on an unforgettable adventure.

Go on a guided walk around Uluru

There are several walks available around Uluru, including the 10-kilometre base walk. This takes you around Uluru’s entire circumference, and includes a myriad of different sections and environments. A small part of the base walk is the Mala walk, a two-kilometre return trail. Join the free ranger-guided Mala walk and learn more about the ancient Aboriginal rock art sites along the way, how Uluru and Kata Tjuta formed, and native flora and fauna.

Experience the Field of Light Uluru

A popular optional excursion on all of our Uluru tours is the Field of Light Uluru experience at Ayers Rock Resort. Internationally renowned artist, Bruce Munro created the exhibition, which is called Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku (meaning ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in the local Pitjantjatjara language). The 50,000 spindles of lights – enough to cover seven football fields – light up the desert near Uluru. Visitors can go on a self-guided walk to see the frosted-glass spheres sway and change colours from yellow to blue to white.

To enjoy many of these must-visit attractions and experiences alongside a knowledgeable team, check out our range of tours through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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