The spiritual center of Australia
The rock of "Uluru" is one of Australia's most famous symbols, but this site and that of Kata Tjuta are extremely sacred places for the Aborigines, which it is essential to protect and respect.
Our activity: 2 days exploration trip to Uluru National Park
And once you arrive, you yourself will understand why.
The feeling that surrounds you when you are in front of "Uluru" or "Kata Tjuta" cannot be told or described!
You have to be present in the light and the colors of the place, to understand all the energy and the presence that this place can release.
Approaching and discovering “Uluru” is therefore a bit of a plunge into mystery and astonishment.
This red rock iceberg (it is said that only 1/3 of the monolith is visible outside the ground), 348 meters high, located in the middle of the Australian continent, seems to emerge from nowhere in the middle of the plain.
Seeing it for the first time in the middle of this red desert, we actually imagine that disproportionate events must have taken place a very long time ago, of which "Uluru" is the only witness and that we are not able to understand :
It is the place of the Tjukurpa or Dreamtime.
The tour of “Uluru” on foot
The best way to admire “Uluru” is to walk around the monolith.
Its circumference is approximately 9,4 km, so you can count 3 hours and as many liters of water and hats to complete this pilgrimage!
Thanks to this route, you will be able to admire the monolith from all sides and appreciate the play of light on the colors of the rock.
You will surely see a lot of shapes made by erosion on the walls of "Uluru", but also a large number of Anangu sacred places.
Approach silently, for example, one of the permanent “Billabongs” (water holes) of “Uluru” located at the foot of the red and gold wall.
You will then bathe in the sweetness of an oasis populated by silence and palm trees sheltered by the rock walls of the place.
Certain parts of the rock of “Uluru” are extremely sacred sites for the Aborigines.
They all correspond to remains and testimonies from the Dreamtime period and the presence of the Anangu Tribe Ancestors.
The Anangu Tribe therefore asks you not to take a photo to respect the sacred and secret nature of these places and sometimes not to speak.
Although no one will be watching you in the Australian desert, it should be understood that only the oldest and most initiated men of the tribe could traditionally approach and admire the site of “Uluru”.
The events to which it bears witness and the sacred force residing therein were indeed considered too sacred and important to be approached by the simple men of the tribe.
Faced with these places, humility and respect are therefore the key words and it is up to you to decide how you want to pay homage to this natural cathedral.
Sunrises and Sunsets on the Rock
Of course, the other way to appreciate the magic of "Uluru" is to admire the sunrises and sunsets on the rock.
The light then changes constantly, and depending on the climate, the rock can take on pink, orange, blue or purple colors.
Inside the park, the stops are regulated and you will therefore only be able to observe “Uluru” from certain authorized points of view.
And so crowded at dawn and dusk!
This is why, if you have your own vehicle, we advise you to find a good viewpoint outside the park, where you can admire nature far from the waves of tourists.
Protect the Park and the heritage of the Aborigines
The Kata Tjuta Natural Park insists on the respect and protection that must surround our visit to this unique site.
It is of course forbidden to bring elements (animals, flowers, stones and sand) from the Australian National Parks.
Indeed, each element of the surroundings of "Uluru" can be a sacred element testifying to the Dreamtime of the Aborigines.
This is why an initiative has been launched to recover the remains of the Park scattered around the world by the many visitors anxious to take something with them from their trip.
You will therefore find in the Cultural Center of the Park, a whole binder of letters of apology, written in all languages, by people who wish to return to the Australian desert the elements they have collected (sand, whole rocks) during their visit or that of their relatives.
If you, or someone you know, would also like to give back to the landscape of “Uluru” a part of its heritage and heritage, you can send all the elements to this address:
Park Manager- Returned rocks
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
PO Box 119
Yulara NT 0972
Located 450 kms from Alice Springs, most visitors travel to 'Uluru' with their own car or with organized tours.
If you don't have your own car, be aware that, given the gigantic distances of the Northern Territory, no car rental agency offers unlimited mileage.
You are therefore only entitled to 350 km, beyond which you must pay $0,25 per km!
Since the round trip between Alice Springs and the entrance to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Park is no less than 1000 kms, organized tours quickly become much more profitable to get to “Uluru”.
Otherwise, there is the possibility of renting a car directly in Yulara, but the capacities are very limited.
You can also get to Yulara, a tourist resort at the foot of the rock, by plane.
One or two flights a day are offered from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane by Qantas only, but it will cost you around $600 round trip.
Anangu Tours is an agency run entirely by Aborigines, which offers excellent quality tours to discover "Uluru" and Aboriginal Culture.
Wayward Bus Company also offers all-inclusive multi-day tours around “Uluru” for very reasonable prices and camping accommodation under the stars!
The only possible accommodation around Uluru” is located in the tourist resort of Yulara (3rd town in the Northern Territory!) in the Voyage Ayers Rock Resort.
This ultra-modern resort offers all types of accommodation, including camping pitches (with or without electricity) and bungalows.
Of course, given the crowds, the rates are accordingly affordable. It is essential to book at least a week in advance for the campsite and a month or two months for the rooms.
Official site of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Voyage Ayers Rock Resort official website