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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park offers a number of attractions and activities for the visitor, from the sunrise and sunset viewing platforms of Uluru, Kata Tjuta viewing points and a number of self-guided walks.

Whilst you can enjoy some self-guided walks, to enhance your enjoyment, there are a number of tour operators offering a variety of tour and charter options, including 4 wheel drive tours, coach tours, camel tours, and local guided tours.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Attractions

Uluru
There are a number of ways to experience Uluru:
  • Sunrise Viewing
    The sunrise viewing area offers a cultural sensitive view of Uluru and provides a great way to start your day.
  • Sunset Viewing
    After a wonderful day soaking up the cultural landscape, reflect on the Aboriginal cuture as you watch the sun cast its final light over Uluru.

    For those viewing Uluru at sunset, a handy tip by some of the tour operators is not to stare solidly at Uluru. As the sun sets, your eyes become accustomed to the light, so often the colour changes, although subtle are not very obvious. Instead, look at Uluru, take a couple of photos, then look away. Cchat to your family and friends. At intervals of 4 minutes, look at Uluru and take another couple of photos. When you get home to view your photos, the changes become more obvious.

    For those lucky to have visited Uluru several times throughout the year, we hope you get to experience the many colours and seasons that Uluru can provide. From the iconic brilliant orche, through to silver, purple, and black.
  • Dune Walk • 500 metres return — allow 30 minutes
    Starts at the Sunset Viewing lookout. See the unique dune habitats, flora and fauna. Watch for evidence of nocturnal activities of the local mammals and lizards. Enjoy view so of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Uluru Walks
There are a number of walks that can be enjoyed, either as self-guided, free ranger-guided walks (held at certain times of the year only), or the ever popular, award winning Anangu Tours.
  • Uluru Base Walk
    • 9.4 km — self-guided — allow 3-4 hours
    By choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing it, you will be respecting Tjukurpa and Anangu wishes. Start 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 to start the base walk at either the Mala or Kuniya carparks, make sure you visit the Cultural Centre for important safety advise, cultural knowledge and general information.

    The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Visitor guide and maps contains much of the information you will need to start you out with understanding and enjoying the park.
  • 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
    • 2 km return — self-guided — allow 1.5 hours — wheelchair access
    You can purchase ‘An Insight into Uluru’ booklet or follow the signs to learn about Anangu perceptions of Uluru.

    Hear the story of the The Mala (rufous hare wallaby) Tjukurpa, on one of the free ranger-guided walks, held during the cooler months of the year. Contact the Cultural Centre for more information.
  • Kuniya Walk
    • 1 km return — self-guided — allow 45 minutes — wheelchair access
    YFrom the Kuniya carpark, there is a short track to the special waterhole, home of Wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. The walk also takes in a rock shelter containing rock art.
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In summer it pays to start your walks early in the morning, as the sun and heat can become unbearable for those not use to it, especially during the middle of the day. Ensure you take enough water for your walk! And be prepared for flies.

Kata Tjuta
Nearby Kata Tjuta (formerly the Olgas), 32 km west of Uluru, are equally impressive monoliths, with Mount Olga being actually much higher than Uluru. The Valley of the Winds is a worthy 6 km circuit or the shorter Walpa Gorge Walk (2.6 km return).
Maruku Arts • C.M.A. Ininti Store, AYERS ROCK NT 0872
• Ph: 08 8956 2153 • Fax: 08 8956 2410 • Email
The Maruku Arts centre was established in 1984 by and for Aboriginal people in response to a growing need for the effective co-ordination of marketing and support services to Aboriginal craftspeople living in the region. Located at the Mutitjulu Community within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Maruku operated as a regional centre providing a service to some 800 Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjara craftspeople living in communities and homeland centres to the west, south and east of Uluru.

Maruku employs highly skilled staff who devote much of their time to travelling through the region liaising with craftspeople and buying their works. These works are then returned to the Maruku warehouse where they are documented and sold either locally through the Maruku retail outlet at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, wholesale to shops and galleries throughout Australia or through prestige exhibitions.

Maruku Arts is 100% Aboriginal owned co-operative. The centre at Uluru operates in the Mutitjulu homelands with the assistance of Mutitjulu Council. All income from sales is returned to the centre and utilised to continue the purchasing and marketing of crafts.
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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - The Climb

Please do not climb Uluru
What is referred to as ‘the climb’ is the traditional route taken by ancestral Mala men upon their arrival at Uluru. Because of the great spiritual significance for the local Aboriginal Owners, and as guest on Anangu land, it is hoped that visitors to Uluru will respect their law and culture by ‘choosing not to climb’.

With over 35 people having died while attempting to climb Uluru; whilst many others have been injured, it makes the local Aboriginal owners sad, when a person dies or is injured on their land.

By visiting their Cultural Centre, you can learn more about the significance of Uluru.

There are a number of other challenging and interesting things to do whilst at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Details can be found in their brochure, when you purchase your visitor permit or you can talk to their Information Officers at the Cultural Centre.

 

Climbing Uluru Can Be Dangerous
The climb is physically demanding. It is recommended that you do not attempt the climb if you have high or low blood pressure, heart problems, breathing problems, a fear of heights, or if you are not reasonably fit. You should also read the safety information provided in their brochure and available at the Cultural Centre.

The climb may also be closed due to a number of reasons, as well as being closed daily outside of day light hours. Other reasons it may be closed are:

  • if the forecast temperature is over 36บC
  • during wet periods, or when rain or storms are predicted.
  • wind speed at the summit is more than 25 knots
  • when there is low cloud, obscuring the summit

It may be closed if a rescue operation is in progress. It may also be closed at the request of the Traditional Owners for cultural reasons, such as during a period of mourning.

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Sacred Sites

IMPORTANT: SACRED SITES
Around the base of Uluru are important sacred areas. Some of these are sacred under traditional men's law and some are sacred under traditional women's law. Viewing or entering these areas is forbidden unless properly authorised by senior men or women. Knowledge of these areas is also restricted. This has been the custom for tens of thousands of years. These sites are cared for by the right people according to Anangu law. They are fenced and registered as sacred areas. It is very important that you do not enter or take photographs of these sacred sits.

Please respect these places and do not enter them. Trespassers can be prosecuted under NT and Commonwealth laws.
 
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