We’ve been waiting 300 million years to show you.
Welcome to Kata Tjuta National Park! Kata Tjuta is sometimes called The Olgas, and is located about 45 minutes’ drive west of Uluru. The Indigenous name means “many heads”, which is apt given the impressive 36 domed rock formations that make up the structure. The tallest dome of Kata Tjuta towers 546 metres above the desert – nearly 200 metres taller than Uluru. It’s made of conglomerate rock, a gravel consisting of a mix of pebbles, cobbles, and boulders that are cemented by sand and mud.
Today, visitors can explore the park on foot or by bicycle. The National Park is a World Heritage area, and visitors are asked to stay on marked paths, pay attention to signage, and not take rocks or soil as souvenirs.
Natural Wonders of Kata Tjuta
Home to an extensive range of flora and fauna, more than 21 species of native mammals, over 200 species of birds, 73 species of reptiles and 418 species of native plants, the National Park is far from sparse, despite its title as a desert.
Due to the low humidity and minimal unnatural light, the outback is also one of the best places to stargaze. You can not only glimpse many constellations that are rarely seen from any other place on earth, but also witness these stars blazing directly above Uluru or Kata Tjuta - truly something special.
Sacred Sites of Kata Tjuta
While access to most areas at Kata Tjuta is restricted to visitors, there are two walks available to the public including Walpa Gorge and Valley of the Winds. This is to ensure protection of the fragile desert environment and allow traditional ceremonies carried out by the Anangu people to continue.
The cultural landscapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park resonate with meaning. They contain creation stories and the associated knowledge of law, relationships, plants, and animals, all of which live in the shapes and features of the land.
Places where significant events in the Anangu story occurred are held as sacred sites. Anangu have the responsibility and obligation to care for the land in a proper way. As such, tourists are not permitted access to certain significant or sacred sites. Even inadvertent access to these can be sacrilegious.
At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park some areas are fenced off and sometimes photography is restricted to ensure that visitors do not inadvertently contravene Tjukurpa restrictions.
Visiting The Park
The Park is open 365 days of the year, with hours that are subject to seasonal change. To visit, guests must purchase a park pass in advance. Entry fees are as follows:
- $38: Adult pass valid for three consecutive days
- $50: Adult annual pass
- $109: Northern Territory annual parking pass
The Cultural Centre is a great place to begin your park visit – learn more about the history and culture of the local Anangu people and grab a visitor guide to enhance your experience. In addition to the Cultural Centre, you’ll also find an art gallery (Walkatjara Art Uluru) that sells and displays artwork, ceramics, and merchandise made by local designers; Ininti Cafe and Souvenirs for light meals and refreshments, Maruku gallery featuring wood crafts, jewellery, and pottery, and Uluru Bicycle Hire.
Free Ranger Guided Mala Walk
Free guided walks run daily from the Mala carpark to the base of Uluru. Guided along a shaded track, the Rangers tell the story of the Mala (rufous hare wallaby) people, and describe the history and traditions associated with Uluru, including traditional and contemporary Anangu life and culture, rock art and the management of the park. Free walks depart daily at 8am between October and April, or 10am between May and September. Meet at the Mala carpark to participate. Walks take 1.5 hours.
Self-guided walks are also available, from quick 30-minute jaunts to four-plus hour hikes. Grab a map and some tips at the Cultural Centre, and don’t forget to wear sturdy shoes and bring a bottle of water, a hat, and sunscreen!
Getting To and Around the Park
Uluru Hop On Hop Off offers a scheduled transfer service to and from Ayers Rock Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and picks up from all Hotels and the Campground and drops off at the Cultural Centre, sunrise and sunset look-outs and Kata Tjuta and Uluru walks. Hiring a car is also a great option if you’re looking to experience the Red Centre at your own pace. All guided tours provide pick-up and drop-off to your hotel or campground. Another great thing about joining a guided tour is that you’ll also learn more about the history, culture and landscape thanks to an expert guide.
The park is located about 47 minutes (53km) from Ayers Rock Resort.
Visitor Guides and Maps
You will receive a map and information on the walks at Uluru and Kata Tjuta with your National Park entry ticket. Visit the Park Information Desk at the Cultural Centre for up to date information and suggestions on making the most out of your visit. Information Desk is open daily 8am - 5pm.
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