The Anangu people are the traditional owners of Uluru and run the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, founded in 1950. According to Dreamtime legends, Uluru was created by the Ancestors at the dawn of time. It stands 1,142 feet tall above the ground, but like an iceberg, it has a lot going on below the surface (it’s believed to extend at least 2.5km into the earth!). In 1873, explorer William Gosse re-named the rock after Sir Henry Ayers, but Uluru reclaimed its Aboriginal name in 1993.
It’s no secret that watching the sunrise and sunset at Uluru is a spectacular experience. You’ll also want to admire Kata Tjuta (‘The Olgas’), 36 huge sandstone domes. You can ride a camel over the red dunes, take the 10.6km loop walk around Uluru’s base, and check out the rock art in shelters on the Kuniya and Mala Walk. One must-see sight is Mutitjulu Waterhole, one of several waterholes at Uluru, a secluded and tranquil pool surrounded by towering walls of ochre rock.
If it’s a little overwhelming, start your journey at the Cultural Centre, where you’ll be able to not only pick up a visitor guide and chat to the staff about your options, and also check out some Indigenous art and even take your own dot-painting workshop.
Uluru has limited shopping in the form of Maruku Arts and Crafts, where you can buy contemporary Ananagu. For an unforgettable evening, dine under the desert skies on a buffet inspired by bush tucker, complete with didgeridoo music and a Star Talker telling the stories of the skies.
Check out our cheap flights to Ayers Rock. You’ll land at Connellan Airport in Yulara, where you can get a shuttle to your Ayers Rock accommodation.
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