Things to Do in Uluru
Uluru is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. The mammoth rock formed over 550 million years ago and is recognised on the World Heritage list. Sitting in the heart of the Red Centre, Uluru is an important site of both spiritual and cultural significance.
The traditional owners of this land, the Anangu have been living here since the Beginning, over 20,000 years ago. Uluru holds great significance to them and holds many cultural secrets. The Tjukurpa teach Anangu about culture, lore and society, many of the Tjukurpa stories involve or take place at Uluru. There are many sacred sites around the monolith still where ceremonies are held.
Europeans first encountered Uluru in the 1870s and dubbed it Ayers Rock. With no regards for local customs or traditions they opened the rock to the public for climbing expeditions. The Uluru climb was a popular tourist activity, however it went against cultural requests. In 2019, the climb was officially closed to the public. However, there are so many better ways to soak in Uluru’s beauty. Watch as it changes colour at sunset and sunrise for a truly unforgettable experience. Enjoy dinner looking out towards Uluru. Or enjoy nearby art installations.
Attractions around Uluru
The surrounding wonders at the Uluru are just as beautiful. Australia’s outback is home to natural wonders, amazing wildlife, and cultural history. These unforgettable attractions are unique to this area and are found nowhere else in Australia. National Parks burst with Australian flora and fauna, rock formations, deep canyons, historic artefacts, and incredible outback activities.
Discover the world’s oldest live culture at the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Learn more about local Indigenous communities and their deep connection with these lands. Modern exhibits engage you through video and audio, while artefacts and art showcase cultural skills. Different exhibits span various time periods. Hear the diverse stories about the lives lived by the ancestors of this incredible land.
Kata Tjuta, is a similar rock structure to the famous Uluru. Kata Tjuta is a collection of thirty-six boulders ranging in sizes, clustered together to form one large structure. Its name means ‘many heads,’ referring to the many boulders attached. This region is a scared place for the Indigenous community, with many Tjukurpa stories speaking of these formations. While here, you can learn about the ancestral being who dropped these rocks here in the beginning.
Just a few hours’ drive from the stunning Uluru lies the Kings Canyon. Featuring large ancient rock walls sheltering a lush foliage of Australian native. The spectacular red rock walls enclose this plant life haven, home to native animals and cascading waterfalls. Trek through the lush foliage and submerge yourself in this lush wonderland amidst the Australian desert. Venture atop Kings Canyon and see the remarkable views, catch it during sunset or sunrise for a real breathtaking sight.
Everyone comes to the Northern Territory for the mighty Uluru, but you will fall in love with the breathtaking surrounds.