Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is like nowhere else on Earth, with the eponymous Uluru easily holding the status of Australia’s most instantly recognisable landmark.
Whether you’re gazing upon the sheer magnitude of the rocks, touring windy gorges or lazing around some of the park’s waterholes, this is truly an Australian rite of passage and one that needs to be enjoyed over a few days.
How many? We recommend three days to traverse the national park, enjoy these astounding formations in different lights and bask in the wonder and otherworldly enormity of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park!
Let’s take a look at why three days is the perfect amount of time to experience this wondrous national park and all the amazing experiences it has to offer…
Touring Uluru & Kata Tjuta, naturally!
Uluru and Kata Tjuta are two incredible sandstone formations formed over millions of years of erosion (around 500-600 million years, roughly!). If that doesn’t give you an idea of their importance and magnitude then a trip to the national park certainly will!
There is nothing quite like marvelling upon these formations, and the best times to see both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are either at sunrise or sundown, where the gold and pink hues of the sky seem to dance off the formations, creating a dazzling visual spectacle that can only be described as magical.
Explore the Walpa Gorge & Valley of the Winds
The Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds walks are an incredible way to get in amongst the magnificent Kata Tjuta rock formation. These walks take you through the amazing domed formations, allowing you ample opportunity to explore this lush region that acts as a port of call to the region’s flora and fauna populations. The walks are short but full of excitement, as traversing around the domed formations is a simply wonderful experience in itself.
Chill out at Mutitjulu Waterhole
People often think of Uluru-Kata Tjuta as a dry, desert region, and this is largely true, but the region is also home to some gorgeous waterholes that are a delight to hang out at. The most popular has to be the Mutitjulu waterhole, a gorgeous pool that plays host to flowing water and native wildlife. It’s a great place to relax and chill after a big day’s exploring!
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