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5 Free Things to do at Uluru

Don't forget to add these free activities to your checklist during your stay at Ayers Rock Resort - Garden walk, Bush food experience, Mani-Mani Indigenous Cultural Theatre, Bush yarn and Ranger guided Mala Walk.

5 Free Things to do at Uluru

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Between the twice daily spectacle of sunrise and sunset there are a myriad of things to see, do and experience at Uluru and within Ayers Rock Resort. Here are five of our favourite must-do activities that are absolutely FREE. 

1. INDIGENOUS GUIDED GARDEN WALK

Garden Walk

Assumption leads you to believe that a desert would naturally be sparse of much plant life, so you’ll probably be surprised to learn just how large the list of Australian natives that call the Red Centre home is. There are over 416 species of native plants within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and you can experience a portion of these in the gardens at Desert Gardens Hotel. Wander through the grounds yourself, or arrive at one of the designated time slots to be lead around the garden by an Indigenous guide that will explain the cultural significance of key plants as part of food, medicine and more. Tour departs twice daily at 8:45am and 4.45pm, meet your guide at Desert Gardens Hotel reception.

2. BUSH FOOD EXPERIENCE

Bush Food Experience

Speaking of food, make sure you jump on theBush Food Experience held daily at 1pm in the in the Wintjiri Arts and Museum - located near Desert Gardens Hotel. Put your newly gained plant knowledge to the test as you discover the uses of plants, fruits, grains and spices in traditional cooking methods. Enjoy a demonstration and better still a tasting!

3. MANI-MANI INDIGENOUS CULTURAL THEATRE

Mani-Mani Theatre

A theatre show like no other. Immerse yourself in the story of Walawuru, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and his two wives, Kakalyalya and Kaanka, as the Mani-Mani Theatre Company takes you on a sensory journey through sound, lighting, 3D effects and performance. It is a tale of love, jealousy and greed and promises to transport you to the ancient lands of Central Australia.

‘Mani-Mani’ is the expression of storytelling and is derived from a traditional Anangu practice whereby people would tell stories through the art of drawing symbols in the sand with a stick taken from a branch of the Mani-Mani tree. Performances run twice daily at 11am and 2pm Wednesdays through to Sundays.

4. LEARN A BUSHMAN'S HUNTING SKILLS

Bush Yarn

Join an Indigenous guide for one of the daily Bush Yarns, - and no, this isn’t anything related to sewing or needlework, it’s a good old fashion chat about Aboriginal history, culture and the land. A favourite is learning about the Indigenous man’s “survival kit” which includes weaponry such as hunting spears, clubs, and boomerangs. Join this 30-minute free activity, run four times daily between 10am and midday.

5. GUIDED WALK AT THE BASE OF ULURU

Uluru Base Walk

Be guided by one of the the National Park Rangers on the Mala track at the base of Uluru. The Ranger tells the story of the Mala (rufous hare wallaby) people, and describe the history and traditions associated with Uluru. You will learn about traditional and contemporary Anangu life and culture, rock art and the management of the park. These free guided walks run daily and take approx 1 1/2 hours, depart 8am between October and April, or 10am between May and September.

Or, if you prefer to travel at your own pace, venture on one of the self-guided walks around Uluru, the interpretive signs along the track will give you insight into the local culture and history of this remarkable place.

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Learn about Australian and local native bush foods with a tasting of seasonal seeds, fruits and spices. Your knowledgeable guide will describe how for centuries the Indigenous people used the bush for food.  You'll find out about the uses of certain plants, fruits, grains and spices and about traditional food preparation methods. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of a recipe using some of the ancient native bush ingredients. Tour duration approx. 45 minutes. 

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Wintjiri museum provides an educational display highlighting local history, Aboriginal culture, geology, flora and fauna. On this interpretative tour of the museum your Aboriginal guide will introduce you to the region's unique ecology and classes of mammals and fauna types not found anywhere else in the world.  Gain insights into the Anangu land conservation and management practices as well as a brief historical overview; starting 30,000 years ago with the Aboriginal habitation to the early European explorers, and the development of tourism at Uluru. Tour duration approx. 45 minutes.

Bush Yarn

Welcome to the Circle of Sand, the Indigenous heart of Ayers Rock Resort. You'll become captivated by the yarns told by an Indigenous storyteller of Aboriginal history, culture and traditional techniques used on the land. Dependant on the season, learn about traditional bushtucker or an Indigenous man’s “survival kit” including weapons such as katjii (hunting spears), tjutinpa (clubs), kali (boomerangs) and miru (spear thrower). Tour duration approx 30 minutes.
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