Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is named after the two famous sandstone rock formations located within the park namely Uluru/Ayers Rock which is an enormous monolith and Kata Tjuta/The Olgas which are a series of rock domes. The region is also known as the Red Center of the continent.
The park covers a 1,326 square kilometres (512 sq mi) and is located 440 kilometres (270 mi) southwest of Alice Springs, which is the nearest city. The nearest village is Yulara, which is developed to cater to visitors to the park and provides accommodation and supplies. The park and its monoliths are an iconic representation of the culture of the indigenous culture of Australia. The monoliths are sacred to the Anangu People who are the caretakers and traditional owners of the park for thousands of years.
There are 22 species of native mammals that can be found in the park including kangaroos, dingos, marsupials and bats. There are also over 150 bird species that have been spotted so far. The red sandy planes and native flora add to the bauty of this spectacular natural landscape.
The park draws thousand of visitors from all over the world each year and is a great way to understand and explore the Aboriginal culture and its ties to the natural rock formations. There are plenty of guided tours and nature walks conducted here and can be done over days or within 24 hours. A three-day permit is required to enter the park and costs about $25 AUD per person. It is one of the highest rated tourist attractions in the region and a must visit as part of your Northern Territory travels to this part of Australia.
Walking around Uluru will simply amp your adventure at the Park. Depending on the amount of time you have in hand, you can choose from an array of walks like the Uluru base walk, Mala walk to Kantju Gorge, Lungkata walk, Kuniya walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole or Liru walk.
If you choose to explore with Kata Tjuta first, you take an easy stroll to the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area to absorb the wonders of this breathtaking landscape. You can also walk you way to the mesmerizing Walpa Gorge or take up the worthy challenge of enduring The Valley of the Winds Walks.
Essential travel information and Uluru tips for your visit
- Do not enter the Mutitjulu Community or any sacred sites without permission from relevant authorities.
- Unless you're well equipped with an appropriate vehicle, supplies and maps, stay on the sealed roads.
- A few areas around the base of Uluru are intended to be off-limits for photography, although there is no problem with it throughout most of the park.
- Tours may not include the price of the three-day permit required to enter the park so it is advisable to check with the tour operator at the time of booking. Children under 16 enter for free.
- Carry plenty of water with you at all times.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses and apply generous amounts of sunscreen.
- Carry insect repellent as there will be plenty of flies and bugs around the bush.
- Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing.
- Alcohol is available in Yulara, however refrain from giving any to the indigenous tribes.
- Do not photograph people without their permission.
- All information required for tourists can be availed from a visit to the Cultural Centre.
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