Six hours drive from Alice Springs, the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park takes its name from its most important treasure: Uluru, or Ayers Rock in English. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and spiritual heart of Australia is a sacred monolith, a very ancient place closely connected to Aboriginal culture. Finally, after years of struggles and demonstrations, Aboriginal people obtained the Uluru climb ban.The national park is managed by its original “owners”, the Anangu people, in collaboration with the Parks Australia government agency. It’s hard to describe the beauty of this desert landscape, which is even more spectacular at sunrise and sunset. The sun lights up the monolith with different shades from ochre to burnished orange and intense red. As you set eyes on it, you can feel its powerful presence.
With 348 metres high, Uluru is one of the world’s largest monoliths, that dates back around 550 million years.
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How to visit Uluru?

There are many experiences you can try: walk around the base, join a camel tour, a helicopter tour, a balloon ride or dine under a canopy of stars. The Uluru Base Walk is one of the best ways to soak in the beauty and get up close to Uluru. It’s a 9.4 km walk and let you relax beside peaceful waterholes and take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree while keeping your eyes on the amazing monolith.Choosing a guided tour with an Aboriginal guide will allow you to discover the traditions and tales of the Dreamtime.

The surrounding landscape

Although it appears as a hostile environment, several rare species of animals and plants live in the park: kangaroos, emus, dingo, and wallabies call the “red desert” home.
kangaroo in the Outback

kangaroo in the Outback

The Kata Tjuta or Olgas Mountains

The Kata Tjuta or Olgas Mountains are 36 rock formations located near Uluru and considered sacred as well. The rocks date back more than 500 million years and the name in aboriginal language means “many heads”.