Uluru is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory in Australia. It is more commonly known as Ayers Rock and Uluru is its Aboriginal name, which is a sacred site for the Aboriginal tribes. The Aboriginal tribes of central Australia are Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people(locally known as Anangu people) have inhabitant in this traditional and cultural land till birth. It’s a living cultural landscape and home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves, ancient paintings, iconic monolith, etc.
About 500 million years ago, the birth of Uluru at a similar time when the Australian continent developed. Uluru made from Arkose, which is a coarse sandstone and is not the biggest monolith in the world but most think it is the largest single chunk of rock on the planet.
Uluru, the large rock changes its color during the day. If you are on the planning of Uluru Tours you will enjoy its every single beauty. At dawn and at dusk, Uluru looks red due to the oxidation or the rusting of the iron-bearing minerals within the rock as it has sat there in the desert air for hundreds of thousands of years. The fresh rock which has not been in contact with the atmosphere is grey in color. It is not ‘just a rock’ but it also boasts a selection of wonderful natural highlights.
This Aboriginal tribe’s sacred site has a great spiritual meaning in ‘Tjukurpa’ or ‘Dreamtime’, the traditional Anangu law that explains how the world was created. In the story of Aboriginal Dreamtime on Uluru, says that ancestral spirits from the Dreamtime had a hand at creating the rock, the southern area of Uluru formed due to the war between the poisonous and carpet snakes and the north-west side formed from the hare people(also known as Mala).
Uluru’s ancient landmark brings thousands of tourists to Australia year-round. When you are planning on a trip to Uluru or Ayers Rock, you should be informed about Uluru weather, otherwise, you can regret this because most of the international travelers are unknown to it. By checking that, you have to find out the best time to visit Uluru. Here are a few important guidelines to help you with your next visit to Uluru. I explain it according to the monthly average temperature.
Average temperatures and rainfall from January to December at Uluru:
|Month||Average maximum (°C)||Average minimum (°C)||Average rainfall (mm)|
According to this chart-
December, January and February are the hottest months in Uluru. The temperatures can be unbearable in these months, the highest temperature recorded was a top of 45.5°C. It is the worst time to travel to Uluru. If you visit Uluru during summer, stay safe by drinking plenty of water and not walking after 11.00 am.
March, April, and May are the moderate temperate months.
June, July, and August are the coldest months fall on in Uluru. During this time, temperatures can drop to below 0°C. If you planning a hike/climb/adventure visit Uluru during the cooler months you need to pack long pants, tracksuit pants, a fleece, thermals, beanie, and long-sleeved t-shirts.
In September, October, and November temperate fall on and these months are ideal for the best photo results because of the pleasantly mild temperatures.
After all the commentary, We can ensure you that the best time of Uluru Tours is from May to September due to the area’s climate. In Uluru, summer extreme weather filled with burning heat and winter jam-packed with freezing overnight temperatures. From May to September, the weather is much more endurable, generally cooler temperatures during the days as well, the colors of the rock are more melodious during this period.
Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia which is 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. In your Uluru Tours, you will get a number of notable attraction tour zone.
Ayers Rock Airport is ( also known as Connellan Airport) situated near Yulara, about 20 minutes drive from Uluru (Ayers Rock) itself. Connellan Airport is small and easy to navigate.
Jetstar and Virgin Australia both fly daily directly into Ayers Rock Airport from Sydney. Qantas also operates daily flights via Alice Springs and direct flights from Cairns to Ayers Rock. There is also regular service from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, just 45 minutes away by air, with Qantaslink.
|9:10 AM||QF1851||Cairns (CNS)||Qantas||Ayers Rock|
|2:45 PM||QF1854||Alice Springs (ASP)||QantasLink||Ayers Rock|
|12:15 PM||JQ664||Melbourne (MEL)||Jetstar Airways||Ayers Rock|
|1:40 PM||JQ660||Sydney (SYD)||Jetstar Airways||Ayers Rock|
|9:10 AM||JQ667||Brisbane (BNE)||Jetstar Airways||Ayers Rock|
|1:15 PM||VA1627||Sydney (SYD)||Virgin Australia||Ayers Rock|
Best hotels near Uluru(Ayers Rock)-
- Desert Gardens Hotel- Location: Yulara Drive, Yulara, 0872 Ayers Rock, Australia.
- Sails in the Desert 5- Location: Yulara Drive, Yulara, 0872 Ayers Rock, Australia.
- Emu Walk Apartments- Location: Yulara Drive, Yulara, 0872 Ayers Rock, Australia.
- Outback Pioneer- Location: Yulara Drive, YULARA, Ayers Rock 0872, AUSTRALIA.
- The Lost Camel Hotel- Location: Yulara Drive, YULARA, Ayers Rock 0872, AUSTRALIA.
- Longitude 131- Location: Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Ayers Rock Resort- Location: 170 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Ayers Rock Campground- Location: Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
Restaurants in Uluru:
- Bough House Restaurant- Location: Ayers Rock, Outback Pioneer Lodge, 3/1 Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Kulata Academy Cafe – Location: 4/127 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Tali Wiru- Location: 175 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Ilkari Restaurant- Location: 1/163 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Sounds of Silence- Location: 171 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Mangata Bistro & Bar- Location: 2/67 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Ayers Wok- Location: 2/127 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Outback Pioneer Kitchen- Location: Outback Pioneer Hotel, 2/1 Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park- Location: Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia.
- Pira pool bar- Location: 163 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia.
- Arnguli Grill & Restaurant- Location: Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia.
- Walpa Lobby Bar- Location: Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia.
- Bunya Bar- Location: 1 Yulara Dr, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia.
- Mayu A-La-Carte- Location: 174 Yulara Drive, Yulara, Northern Territory 0872, Australia.
Top five food item of Uluru-
- The kangaroo pate at Tali Wiru,
- Croc dog at Pioneer BBQ and Bar,
- Ty’s Bush Tucker Bloody Mary at Walpa Bar,
- Damper at Desert Awakenings,
- The Willy Wonka chocolate fountain at Ilkari Restaurant.
Things to Do in Uluru:
Uluru(Ayers Rock) is known as the spiritual heart of Australia. There are a lot of things to do in Uluru.
Free Things to Do in Uluru:
For a budget traveler who is looking for a few extra activities, for them here I gather some free things to do in Uluru-
- Bush food experience,
- Bush Yarn,
- Ecology and museum tour,
- Garden walk – Desert Gardens hotel,
- Mani Mani Indigenous cultural theatre,
- Walk around the base of Uluru,
- Walk to Mutijulu Waterhole,
- Valley of the Winds walk,
- Sunset viewing platform / Ayers Rock Resort lookouts.
Outdoor Activities Around Uluru:
- Walking and hiking,
- Scenic flights,
- Camel riding,
- Adventure travel.
Family Activities Around Uluru:
- Visit the cultural center first,
- Walk around Uluru,
- Watch the changing colors of Uluru at sunset and sunrise,
- Join a dot painting workshop,
- Glide around Uluru on a Segway,
- Take a camel, a chopper, or a Harley,
- Walk through the domes of Kata Tjuta.
Art and Culture in Uluru Tours:
- Art central,
- Canyon Dreaming,
- Outback pioneering.
Best Romantic Things to Do in Uluru Tours for Couples:
- Skydive Uluru,
- Ayers Rock Scenic Flights,
- Uluru Camel Tours,
- SEIT Outback Australia,
- Professional Helicopter Services,
- Ayers Rock Helicopters,
- Mala Walk,
- Voyages Ayers Rock Resort,
- Uluru Motorcycle Tours,
- Field of Light.
Top 10 Things to Do in Uluru Tours:
- Take a walk around Uluru,
- Explore the Field of Light art installation,
- Walk the domes of Kata Tjuta,
- Indulge in the Sounds of Silence,
- Dine ‘Under a Desert Moon’,
- Connect with local Maruku artists,
- Ride, fly, segway or cycle,
- Pick a piece from Wintjiri Arts and Museum,
- Join a paper-making tour in Curtin Springs,
- Hike Kings Canyon.
Here are the best places to visit in Uluru-
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is known as ‘Red Centre’ and one of the most striking natural landmarks and a major tourist attraction in Northern Territory of Australia which is located 1,943 kilometers south of Darwin by road and 440 kilometers south-west of Alice Springs along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways. Sometimes It’s called the heart of Australia. In Uluru Tours, as a visitor, you will add this park first on your travel plan. This park area covers 1,326 square kilometers and includes the features named after Uluru and 40 kilometers to its west, Kata Tjuta that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a protected area and home to both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have formed about 350 million years ago during the Alice Springs Orogeny where Uluru is known as Ayers Rock, a single massive rock formation, and Kata Tjuta(it means “many heads” in local language) is known as “The Olgas”, a range of rock domes.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is considered as a sacred place by the Aborigines and owned by the Anangu. Most of the time the traditional aboriginal Anangu people lead walking tours to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, bush foods and the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the area.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Opening Hours & Entry:
The National Park’s opening hour changes according to month.
|December, January, February||5AM-9PM|
|March||5:30AM-8: 30 PM|
|April||5:30AM-8: 00 AM|
|May||6:00AM-7: 30 PM|
|June, July||6:30AM-7: 30 PM|
|August||6:00AM-7: 30 PM|
|September||5:30AM-7: 30 PM|
|November||5:00AM-8: 30 PM|
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Entry Fees:
$25 – Adult pass valid for 3 consecutive days,
$32.50 – Adult annual pass,
$12.50 – Childs pass (5-15 years old) valid for 3 consecutive days,
$15 – Childs annual pass (5-15 years old),
$65 – Family pass valid for 3 consecutive days (2 adults and children).
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Natural Wonders:
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to a wide range of flora and fauna where is more than 21 species of native mammals, 178 species of birds, 73 species of reptiles and 418 species of native plants.
Getting Around of The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park:
You can take a tour of the park by camel, motorbike or scenic flight and be a witness of traditional activities like boomerang-throwing, or see the park through the eyes of the Anangu on a cultural tour.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Facts:
- Though the main attraction of Uluru Tours for tourists is climbing, the National Park board of management has announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru from 2019. Climbing has always been discouraged by the park’s Traditional Owners (the Anangu people) but a number of tourists continued to climb the rock on a daily basis.
- The real name of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was Uluru National Park.
- The most popular attraction of the park is a 348 sandstone monolith that is world renowned for being a symbol of its indigenous culture.
- The aboriginal Anangu people have inhabited the region since the beginning of man.
- Kata Tjuta means ‘many heads’ is a group of rock domes that are believed to be at least 500 million years old.
- It is believed to be a sacred place by the Anangu who consider it only for initiated men as it is very dangerous and powerful.
- In the park, there are at least 73 species of reptiles and 4 frog species.
- Six mammal species that live in the park were introduced as Europeans settled in the area.
- Some iconic birds found in the park include the black-faces woodswallow, crimson cat, pied butcherbird, and the black-breasted buzzard.
- Plants in the park include trees (punu), shrubs (puti), flowers (tjulpun-tjulpunpa), and grasses (ukiri) and species in the park include the black-footed wallaby, burrowing bettong, bilby, bushtail possum, mallee fowl, and rufous hare-wallaby.
- Watching the sunset, visiting the cultural center, walk around the base of Uluru, take the Mala Walk, visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole, visit the Valley of the Winds, take the Gorge Walk, the Kata Tjuta dune walks, etc are the top things to do for a visitors.
- This park was established as a national park under Commonwealth Law in 1977.
- This park is one of the world’s most significant arid land ecosystems and is protected by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve.
- This National Park was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Valley of The Winds
Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas) has the amazing 36 domes. Between these domes, only two is walk allowed to some sections and Valley of the Wind is one of them.“Valley of the Winds” is a scenic and mind-blowing journey. The silence can often seem to devocalize in this area, even in peak season and the sun bathes the rocky Olgas in a deep, reddish hue. It is located 45 minutes west of the viewing area at Uluru.
One of the most spectacular walks in the Red Centre, the Valley of the Winds walk is a 7.4-kilometer loop. This walk will take you between the domes and deep into Kata Tjuṯa within 3 hours. The walk follows a rocky creek bed and visitors will get several rests stops allowing you to catch your breath and take in the views. It is not an easy walk due to a couple of vertical ascents and descents and a few rocky patches. Though there are some steep inclines, it’s well worth the effort and the view that awaits you is breathtaking. When the temperature reaches 36°C or greater the National Park staff close the start of the walk from this point on for visitors safety.
From my Uluru tours experience, I will suggest you-
- Start to walk very early to avoid the hottest hours,
- Use enough sunscreen on your body skin,
- Wear the best hiking shoes,
- Bring a hat,
- Take a lot of water at least two liters personally,
- Take some snacks with you to eat afterward and remember to take all of your rubbish with you,
- Start going left or counter-clockwise (left-round) so that you will enjoy this area first and you can decide not to climb to the second lookout and just return to the first one. In my opinion, the second lookout was not the most amazing part of the walk.
Uluru has a great number of wonderful natural highlights. Among them, Mutitjulu Waterhole is one of the scenic wonders that Uluru harbors which is located on Uluru road, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. It is a notably water-filled hole at the base of the rock. It’s not just a hole filled with water as it provides a thirst-quenching spot for animals and humans for many years, and is also home to almost 300 Aboriginal peoples.
Though the major inhabitants are Pitjantjatjara, there is also a fair few Yankunytjatjara, Luritja(also known as Kukatja), and Ngaanyatjarra(also known as Nana), who speak a collection of languages, including Pitjantjatjara, Luritja, and Yankunytjatjara.
Things to Do at Mutitjulu Waterhole:
Take a Photo
Mutitjulu waterhole comprises a large number of beautiful fascinating scenery around its perimeter that is enjoyable. When the sun hits Mutitjulu Waterhole directly around lunchtime you can capture the full beauty of this peaceful place.
You can spend some time getting to know the watering hole history besides learning about the rock’s history at the Cultural Centre.
View Aboriginal Rock Art
You can find some Aboriginal Rock Art which has been shaped and preserved by the Aboriginal peoples over millions of years. The engraving rocks tell a story through their entangled pictures, expose the lifestyle of indigenous peoples of many years ago and offer an insight into this sacred area of Australia.
This place of Uluru is perfect for outdoor lovers and keen hikers as there is so much to explore. There are a lot of outback trails weaving through the surrounding scenery, the vibrant red walls of Kings Canyon and a number of other less-known water holes besides exploring the base of Uluru.
Chase the crowds
Though Mutitjulu Waterhole is one of the busiest locations but often quiet at sunrise, sunset, and lunchtime. It is a special place where Uluru’s traditional owners regularly take VIPs like the British Royals, Dalai Lama who have visited here.
After getting all at the waterhole, take a moment to sit on the bench and close your eyes to experience an intimate connection with nature. Trickling waterfall sound and birds chirping will fill your heart with a sense of peace and joy.
Uluru Sunrise & Sunset
Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) is world-famous for its eye-catching sunrises and sunsets. Sunset and Sunrise over Uluru- Kata Tjuta is an awesome experience for any visitors and it should be a ‘must do’ on every visitor’s list. When the sunlight ray plays with the landscape, the rock formations change its color before eyes. The sunrise and sunset viewing areas are located in such a way so that the sun’s rays hit the rock formations directly at that time of the day. Ash, dust particles and water vapor are present in the earth’s atmosphere act as a filter which can remove the bluer light from the incoming rays of the sun, allowing the redder light through at different times of the day. The Reflections from the rock and clouds in the sky enhance the vivid colors.
Uluru Sunrise & Sunset Viewing Areas:
There are five platforms of sunset and sunrise viewing areas landscaped into the sand dunes, offer optimum panoramic views of Uluru.
Uluru Sunrise Viewing Area:
- Talinguru Nyakunytjaku,
- Kata Tjuta dune viewing area.
Uluru Sunset Viewing Area:
- Uluru car sunset viewing area,
- Uluru bus sunset viewing area,
- Talinguru Nyakunytjaku,
- Kata Tjuta dune viewing area,
- Kata Tjuta sunset viewing area.
Watching from theses designated viewing area join one of the guided Sunrise Tours or Sunset Tours, travel with your own vehicle or hire a car or get to any of these viewing areas with Uluru Hop On Hop Off and plan a small picnic, get your camera at the ready and sit back and enjoy the spectacular views. You should know about distances and travel times as well as the time of the sunrise or sunset from where you’re going to watch.
Walpa Gorge Walk
Walpa Gorge means the refreshing winds that pass through the gorge where Walpa means windy. It is located with few places in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where you can see wallabies(Australasian marsupial that is similar to, but smaller than, a kangaroo) hopping around the domes. This surface is a desert anchor for plants and animals guarded against the hot desert sun and they find relief in this area. It’s a V-shaped Grand Canyon, with huge red rocks on both sides of the canyon.
Walpa Gorge Walk is like the entrance to an ancient temple crafted by nature. Uluru’s this walking site is popular with hikers, searching for unusual rock formations, exploring ancient history, exploring vibrant plants in the canyon against the blue sky, white clouds, and green tree-red soil, along the canyons of the two tallest peaks of the Catatacoda. And of course make sure you take lots of drinking water, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a hat.
It’s a part of the Kata Tjuta area, a sacred men’s site. Local people always show respect when visiting this special place. They walk quietly behaved politely and not swim in the waterholes. Till now It is the same and also the same for you. Be polite and show respect to this sacred place.
Uluru Segway Tours
Tourists can explore Uluru in a different way like “Uluru by Segway “. Uluru by Segway was one of the best experience in my Uluru tours. Despite walking the base of Uluru you can cruise it in style on a Segway. We think that the best way to experiencing Uluru is on Segway. Viewing the entire base of scenic Uluru on a Segway is fantastic. It will help you to easily cruise the full base of Uluru, in less time than walking. Even you can travel faster on Segway than the flies.
Beginners can feel safe, comfortable and fun as this tour guide group will provide all Segway instructions and pieces of equipment. Small-group tour ensures you personalized attention from your guide, they will pick-up and drop-off from the Ayers Rock Resort for the ultimate convenience and also get narrations from the tour guide on history and geology of Uluru.
- Helmet, Knee & Elbow Pads,
- Professional guide,
- Live commentary on board,
- National Park Entry fee NOT included.
Uluru Camel Tours
A great way to explore the Central Australian desert is from the back of a camel. When you’re in the Red Centre, the heart of Australia, you must visit this beautiful desert region. Multi-award-winning Uluru Camel Tours is an owner operated tour business based in the Red Centre. It is located in 10 Kali Circuit, Yulara NT 0872, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort which is the largest Camel farm in the Southern Hemisphere showcasing 25 years of passion of all things camel, home to 60 beautiful camels. The Voyages Ayers Rock Resort farm is open year-round for tourists to have a short ride and explore camel museum and saddlery. This farm also offers visitors a free BBQ area with picnic seating for up to 100 visitors.
Uluru Camel Tours is a really brilliant and fantastic experience in Uluru tours. This way of Uluru tours is especially for viewing magical sunrise and sunset. The views at sunrise or sunset are wonderful and the staff and handlers are very skilled, knowing and friendly. An expert cameleer who shares knowledge to tourists about the desert’s wildlife and ecology along the way. The camels are gentle & patient. We highly recommend this tour to the folk of all ages.
In the southern side of Uluru, a short and easy walk of 1km within 45 minutes, Kuniya Walk offers a look at desert wildlife. Kuniya walk highlights unique birdwatching and some excellent rock art. Keep your camera ready for the different type birds that soar on thermal winds during the warmer months. In a specific time of rain, gather experience the magical waterfalls. If you are keen to acquire more about the local legends and ancestral snakes that helped create Uluru, find an aboriginal guide.
Look for aboriginal paintings adorning the walls of the caves still used by the indigenous Anangu people. And also remember to take water with you. To see other points of interest, keep Kuniya Walk into your Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park tour planning.
In this walking way, you can learn how Kuniya (the woma python woman) and Liru (the poisonous snake man) helped create Uluru. It is a living cultural landscape. Kuniya is still alive and her spirit is here according to Anangu people’s commentary. The Anangu people still use the art caves.
Field of Light Uluru
Field of Lights is a wonderful experience for any tourist. It illuminates remote desert area within sight of the majestic and ancient rock when darkness falls on Uluru and it imputed into silhouette. You can see gentle rhythms of color light up the desert. It is in the Northern Territory of Australia.
The English artist Bruce Munro is well-known for immersive large-scale light-based installation of Field of Light at Uluru, Red desert in Australia, named “Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku” by the local community which means “looking at lots of beautiful lights” in local Pitjantjatjara will be in place until 31 December 2020. In 1992, his first solar-powered Field of Light represents a spiritual homecoming for the artist and the artwork which was originally conceived during a visit to Uluru with his wife Serena.
I will recommend “Star Pass” as it includes viewing the sunset over Uluru from the elevation of the dune with a glass of champagne (or other non-alcohol beverages) and finger food, watching daylight dimming out and first stars appearing in the sky and Field of Light coming into life. Once it is dark you will go down from the dune to the field of light and wander among ever-changing colors of numerous lights, It is such a magical experience and the memory of it will always stay with you.
I attended the Field of Lights “Star Pass” with my family. The trip was like a fairytale.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
Cultural Centre is about to learn the history and culture of the local Anangu people. It is located in Uluru Rd, Uluru NT 0872, Australia. Tourists should visit the Cultural Centre to know more about Uluru and its traditional owners through many interesting displays. Hire a visitor guide to promote your experience and find out the natural environment – plants and animals and how Uluru was formed.
Discover the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre:
Cultural Centre building
It is a free-form structure built from locally made mud bricks. Its body is made of mud and the roof is the spine. The design of the center was a collaborative effort between Anangu, park staff and the architects that won the award. This Cultural Building displays the two ancestral snakes that battled at Mutitjulu Waterhole and helped create Kuniya Uluru, the woma python woman, and the poisonous brown snake man Liru.
Cultural Centre has two galleries Maruku Arts and Walkatjara Art which display Anangu art and crafts. Both galleries are Aboriginal owned and operated, with profits invested back into the local community.
Maruku Arts Gallery
It sells and exhibits traditionally crafted punu (wooden carvings) as well as paintings and jewelry and all works are created by Anangu artists in the Central Western Desert region.
Walkatjara Art Gallery
It is Mutitjulu community’s art center, owned and directed by Anangu. In this art gallery, Mutitjulu artists create vibrant paintings that depict local Tjukurpa stories. Tourists can visit Walkatjara Art in the Cultural Centre to see the artists at work, learn about Anangu culture and explore the stories behind the paintings.
It’s a not-for-profit community enterprise where the artists who are the strong patron for local culture receive 50% of a painting’s sale price, and the rest is reinvested into the running costs of the art center.
In the Tjukurpa Tunnel, you will learn about Tjukurpa (the foundation of Anangu culture) and many important creation stories of Uluru.
When you go into the entrance to the Tjukurpa Tunnel, you will be surrounded by the sound of the winds created by Uluru and haunting voices chanting inma (ceremonial songs).
It transports you back to the beginning of time show you Anangu art, historical documentaries, explanations of Anangu law, traditions and appropriate behavior. Photography is restricted in the Tunnel due to Cultural purpose. Keep silence and take time to understand the depth and breadth of the lessons taught here.
Connect the Cultural Dots
The dot painting is a form of indigenous art which often associated with the Aboriginal people of Central Australia. The cultural center of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park hosts daily dot painting workshops which go beyond the arts and crafts and delve into the cultural import of this tradition; workshops are hosted by Aboriginal artists who begin each program with stories of a life spent in the Northern Territory and how that life influences their art. These programs are an incredible opportunity to glimpse at living tradition and help bring the desert to life.
Ininti Cafe & Souvenirs
It is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre and the only place in the park where visitors can buy food and drinks, pick up a souvenir( books, clothes, bags, jewelry, traditional bush medicine, beautiful gifts, etc)to remember the adventures
At the behind of the Cultural Centre has the picnic area, which has a fantastic view of Uluru and is a fine spot for a meal in the great outdoors. There are also picnic tables, gas barbecues and plenty of shelters.
An easy way of getting around and discovering Uluru base is by hiring a bicycle.
Getting Around Uluru
If you want to explore the base of Uluru, you can drive, cycling, hop on a Segway or on foot. There are no taxis at Uluru. Because of sealed roads, driving around the park in a normal 2WD vehicle is easy. The easiest and cheapest way to get around Uluru only for two people is in a rental car. A 4WD is unnecessary for paved roads.
Ayers Rock Resort offers a free shuttle bus to take visitors between their accommodation and the town square in Yulara. It runs a free shuttle every 20 minutes or so around the resort complex from 10:30 am to after midnight.
You can also rent one vehicle at the airport to get around Uluru.
Uluru Express is a transportation service in Yulara, Australia, without a tour guide. This service system offers basic transport in Uluru Tours to various sites around both Uluru and Kata Tjuta without the assistance of a guide during the walks. They provide some basic information about where to go and how long the walks take, but once they drop you off, you are on your own. Generally, they are much cheaper than the alternative options, especially if you get a 2-day or 3-day pass. They set times for departures and returns and it’s not very flexible. If you want to take time in your visiting spot then it won’t be a perfect transport system. As like you will see the sunrise or sunset but not with enjoyment. They maintain their time schedule.