Uluru and Kata Tjuta

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Sukey-Lou Sukey-Lou
3 reviews
Worth every penny... May 18, 2011
Uluru is awe-inspiring. Quite hard to understand or believe how truly massive the rock is. Many theories as to how it became are told to you on the guided tour of Uluru. We began with the Sunrise tour of Uluru. Which was stunning. Inexplicable to be precise. And later embarked on the base-walk, approx. 9.4km. Not at all challenging, so providing the weather holds, it's a beautiful walk that can be managed by anyone. There are information signs throughout the walk, indicating sacred parts of the rock and the aboriginal stories behind them which is extremely interesting.

All in all, a must-see. Kata Tjuta, a vast collection of domed rock formations, is a spectacular, but part of the fascination is within the stories and legends around it. On a typical tour you are told about the many ancient, and modern ceremonies performed on the rocks. The walk is again easy and often comes with a guide who will explain passing wildlife to encourage interest... added bonus for those interested in nature.

Very interesting and incredible tours available from the small set of shops close-by. Don't miss out, but prepare for pretty high prices.
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Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
156 reviews
Feb 13, 2006
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is made up from two major features - Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Uluru is an enormous monolith that rises nearly 350 metres above the flat plains. Kata Tjuta is a series of 36 domes, up to 546 metres above the plain. The area around them is semi-arid, alternating between trees and grasses, to saltbush, to dry sand and rock, depending on the years rains.

The site is sacred to the Angura people, and many important Tjukurpa legends (also known as dreamtime legends) are based at Kata Tjuta and Uluru.

From 1872 to 1993 Uluru was also known as Ayers Rock, and Kata Tjuta was also known as the Olgas. Ayers Rock was named by Ernest Giles in honour of Chief Secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers, while Kata Tjuta was named by Ernest Giles in honour of Queen Olga of Württemberg. In 1993 the original aboriginal names was recognised, resulting in a dual naming policy.

The local aboriginal people are the official custodians of the park. They encourage travellers to visit, but request that the site is treated with respect, that Uluru is not climbed, and that certain sites around Uluru and Kata Tjuta are not photographed.

There is only one place to stay at Uluru, and that is the Ayers Rock Resort - ranging from expensive to extremely expensive depending on which of their hotels you stay at. The alternatives are to camp in the camping grounds or to stay in Alice Springs, which is a 4-6 hour drive from the park. With the advent of an airstrip at Uluru it can be cheaper to pay the extra to stay at the resort rather than to fly in to Alice Springs, use cheaper accommodation and travel yourself to Uluru.

Regardless of the price, Uluru and Kata Tjuta are worth it - they are two of the most stunning sites in Australia. Sunrises and sunsets are magical, and the skies and plains seem endless.
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