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Can I climb Uluru?

The climb is not prohibited, but Anangu ask as visitors to their land that you respect their wishes, culture and law by not climbing Uluru.

Can I climb Uluru?

Aboriginal traditional owners would prefer visitors not to climb Uluru.

Anangu have a responsibility to teach and safeguard visitors to their land. What visitors call ‘the climb’ is of great spiritual significance to the local Anangu. The climb is not prohibited, but Anangu ask as visitors to their land that you respect their wishes, culture and law by not climbing Uluru.

The path of the climb is associated with important Mala ceremonies. Anangu believe that during the time when the world was being formed, the Uluru climb was the traditional route taken by Mala men when they arrived at Uluru.

Anangu have a duty to safeguard visitors to their land. They feel great sadness if visitors to their land are killed or injured. As such, traditional owners would prefer that as guests to their land, visitors will respect Anangu law and culture by not climbing.

The climb is physically demanding. Do not attempt if you have high or low blood pressure, heart problems, breathing problems, a fear of heights, or you are not reasonably fit.

The climb is closed:

  • when the temperature reaches 36 degrees Celcius or above
  • during the hot summer months December, January and February after 8am
  • when there is a greater than 20% chance of rain within three hours
  • when there is a greater than 5% chance of thunderstorms within three hours
  • if the estimated wind speed at the summit reaches 25 knots or above
  • if more than 20 per cent of the rock's surface is wet after rain
  • if cloud descends below the summit
  • the climb may also be closed for cultural reasons

To find out if the climb is open enquire at your hotel reception or at the National Park entry station.

The climb will close for good on 26 October 2019

In November 2017 the land-mark decision was made by the Traditional Owners of this land and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board to close the climb for good. Effective 26 October 2019, marking the 34th anniversary of the Uluru hand-back, the climb will be closed. 

We encourage you to think about the other great ways to experience Uluru - taking a cultural tour or dot painting workshop, a free ranger guided mala walk or one of the self-guided walks to discover the natural wonders of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Visit the Cultural Centre first and plan your days in the park.

History of the climb

It is believed the first European explorer to climb Uluru was Englishman William Christie Gosse in 1873. However the first recorded climb of this sacred monolith was in 1936 with the introduction of tourism to the region. Since the 1950s when records were first kept, there have been a total of 36 fatalities on the treacherous climb. The last fatality occurred on 24 April 2010 when a 54-year old Victorian man collapsed while attempting to reach the top.

In 1966, after two fatalities in 1964 a chain was installed along a portion of the climb, without consultation or consent from the Traditional Owners.The chain was upgraded and ultimately completed in 1976. What will happen with the chain, posts and landmark cairn installed on top of Uluru after the closure of the climb is yet to be determined.

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Uluru Bicycle Hire (Departure 1)

Take a morning ride around the base of Uluru by bicycle. The 15 kilometre self-guided journey is easily made within 3 hours and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Stop and explore the pure beauty of this spiritual and unique wonder of the world at your own pace. Once you have finished your ride, you are free to explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Includes return hotel transfers operated by Uluru Hop On & Hop Off. Children toddler seats and tag-a-longs available on request, subject to availability. Departure times: 7.15am - December, January, February, March 9.00am - June, July, August 9.30am - October, November 10.00am - April, May, September Duration approx. 4 hours

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This 1-day Hop On Hop Off pass gives you the freedom to explore Uluru at your own pace for one day. From sunrise to sunset, hop on and hop off as much as you like throughout the day. Additionally, this pass also entitles you to one bonus transfer to and from Kata Tjuta within the same day.

Uluru Feastival (9-10 March '18)

Friday 9 March 16:00 | Official Welcome Join Indigenous celebrity chef and host for the weekend Mark Olive, at Desert Gardens Hotel's Mangata Bistro & Bar for a complimentary Indigenous-inspired cocktail as we welcome you to Uluru Feastival. Saturday 10 March 11:00 - 14:00 | Food & Cultural Experiences Join a Bush Yarn and learn about the hunter's weapons and skills and enjoy a tasting of seasonal seeds, fruits, spices and a cooking demonstration to make wattleseed shortbread at the Bush Food Experience, or browse the Feastival market stall at the Town Square lawn area. 14:00 - 15:30 | Masterclass by Mark Olive Your Uluru Feastival culinary experience continues with a Masterclass by Bush Tucker Journeys’ Ambassador and Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive at Uluru Meeting Place. Depart 1 hour prior to sunset | Bush Tucker Tasting Dinner One hour before sunset you’re collected from your hotel and taken to a remote desert dune top. As the sun sets on the horizon with Uluru as your backdrop, enjoy bush tucker canapés and sparkling wine. (download sample menu) As darkness falls, descend to the dining site to join your table of fellow tasters for a mouth-watering three-course contemporary bush tucker tasting menu by Mark Olive, perfectly matched with Australian wines. Then, as the night sky twinkles to life, listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Enjoy tea or coffee and port before you head back to the Resort with unforgettable memories. Not suitable for children 9 years and under.
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Bush Food Experience

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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Mani-Mani Theatre Company’s unique sound, lighting, 3D effects and performance take you on a visually captivating experience transporting you to the ancient lands of Central Australia where the story of Walawuru, Kakalyalya & Kaanka unravels. The symbolic story of Walawuru, Kakalyalya & Kaanka is a tale of love, jealousy and greed. Expressed through ‘Mani-Mani’, the local art form of storytelling, this contemporary Indigenous performance brings to life the ancient ancestral beings Walawuru the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and his two wives; Kaanka the black crow and Kakalyalya the white cockatoo. Walawuru is happy with his two wives but little does he know Kaanka is evil and very jealous of the kind and caring Kakalyalya. The word ‘Mani-Mani’ comes from the Yankunytjatjara & Pitjantjatjara language of the Anangu people of Central Australia. Anangu people would often tell stories by drawing symbols in the sand using a stick taken from a branch of the Mani-Mani tree. The stories were often about ancestors, real events in history and the Tjukurpa creation time. Please note: this tour will recommence 5 February 2018

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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.
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