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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

The traditional land of the Anangu Aboriginal people encompasses two of Australia’s culturally significant landmarks, Uluru and Kata Tjuta. A site of deep cultural significance to the local Anangu Aboriginals, Uluru is one of Australia's most famous icons of the Australian outback.

Uluru is a 3.6 km long rock that rises a towering 348 m from the flat surrounding scrub, and is especially impressive at dawn and sunset when the red rock changes hues in a spectacular show. There are a number of walks around the base of the rock passing caves, rock art and sacred Aboriginal sites.

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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).

There is an excellent cultural centre located within the park. There are a number of walks throughout the national park that caters for different fitness levels. There is a park entry fee, which provides a 3 day pass into the national park.

There are also tours with traditional Aboriginal Guides, conducted by the multi award winning Anangu Tours. Check out our tours page for their contact details.

Check out our listing of Uluru accommodation and Kings Canyon accommodation. Additional accommodation can be found at Curtin Springs, just 85 km east of the entrance to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Web: Visitor Information

Cultural Centre Information Desk
8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm
Ph: +61 8 8956 1128
Fax: +61 8 8956 2360
Email (Cultural Centre Information Desk)

Park Administration
8:30 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm
Ph: +61 8 8956 1100
Fax: +61 8 8956 2064
Email (Park Administration)

Tour and Information Centre
Voyages Ayers Rock Resort
Check at your hotel for the nearest tour desk

Central Australian Visitor Information Centre - Alice Springs

Some available maps to be found online include:

Map of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Climate and Seasons

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and region experiences significant temperature changes between day and night, throughout the four seasons. Days are sunny and can be hot, with cooler nights that can become crisp and extremely cold in winter.

Summer temperatures can range any where between 18ºC / 64ºF (nights) to 40ºC / 118ºF (day). In the winter months, temperature can range from 0ºC / 32ºF (night) to 30ºC / 86ºF (day). The humidity is usually low. The temperature range has been know to drop to below 0º / 32ºF, and exceed above 45ºC / 113ºF.
Honey Grevillea © Colin Leel, May 2007Unlike Western Society, the local Aboriginal People recognise six seasons, and importantly what fruits and foods becomes available during the different seasons. With each of the six seasons, the months detailed are just an approximate indicator for when those seasons occur, with some months overlapping between seasons:
  • Piryakatu — August/September
    Warmed by the steady winds from the north and west, this is the breeding period for much of the wildlife in the area, with many food plants coming into flower. Hibernating reptiles appear, the honey grevillea is in bloom and it is a good time for hunting kangaroo.
  • Wiyaringhupai — October/December
    The weather heats up, with November/December being the hottest season with food becoming scare. There is Marutjara (storm clouds) and lightening, but little rain. This is the season for fires started by lighening strikes.
  • Itanju — January/February
    The time of year when sporadic storms can suddenly appear, usually bringing rain. Food plants flower and if there is good rain, there is plenty of fruit and seed.
  • Wanitjunkupai — March
    Weather becomes cooler. This season merging into the next.
  • Tjuntalpa — April/May
    The cool weather continues and reptiles start to hibernate. Tjuntalpa clouds are often found rolling in from the south.
  • Wari — June/July
    Cold season, with the appearance of morning frost, but no rain.

Source: Federal and Territory Govt Tourism NT Uluru-Kata Tjuta/Nature and
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Climate and Seasons

Kata Tjuta © Greg Sully, November 2007
One of the best ways to view Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is from the air.
 
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