About Uluru & Kata Tjuta
Ancient rock formations soar hundreds of metres into the desert sky, surrounded by the Red Centre's unique wildlife and spirit of the Anangu people's Tjukurpa. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park expands across more than 327,414 acres of Australia’s desert outback and is home to two of the world’s most iconic rock formations.
Sunset and sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta are spectacular, with the colours at both sites becoming more vibrant and even changing. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have significant meaning to Aboriginal people. They both form an important focus of their spiritual life.
Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park is Aboriginal land. The park is jointly managed by its Anangu traditional owners and Parks Australia. The park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for both its natural and cultural values.
- Uluru (sometimes called Ayers Rock) - is one of the largest monoliths in the world. Made of arkosic sandstone, Uluru rises 348 metres above the desert floor and has a circumference of 9.4 kilometres.
- Walking around the base of Uluru, you will see expansive rock faces of arkosic sandstone rise up to 348 metres above the red desert sand.
- Uluru standing 348m high, is higher than The Eiffel Tower and 2.5 times the height of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
- Kata Tjuta, known also as The Olgas. Kata Tjuta is the Aboriginal name, which means "many heads'.
- Often underestimated, the 36 domed heads of Kata Tjuta offer an experience in the true cultural significance of this red land. A guided tour will provide insight into the geology, resilient flora and fauna that seek refuge amongst the domes as well as stunning landscapes.
- The tallest dome is said to be around 546 metres high. Kata Tjuta is about 30 kilometres west of Uluru.
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.
Where to stay at Uluru?
Only 20km from Uluru, Ayers Rock Resort provides a variety of accommodation options and holiday deals for every possible taste and budget - from 5-star Sails in the Desert Hotel to the Ayers Rock Campground and everything in between.
Uluru Tours & Experiences
With over 65 tours and experiences on offer at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and around the Resort there is lots to pick and choose from to guarantee your days are action-packed. Australia's red heart has fun and excitement to offer for all.
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