Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Uluru and Kata Tjuta dominate the barren, Central Australian desert with their spectacular red rocks and domes. You will be consistently speechless from the natural beauty of Uluru. It’s beautiful and vivid! Uluru is more than 860 metres above sea level when we look at Uluru we are unaware of the 6km rock underneath the surface! Every time you will see Uluru from sunrise to sunset you will notice changing colour from the sun casting shadows that shine and fade. Kata Tjuta also in the national park are 36 steep sided domes that are roughly 32km west of Uluru. The tallest dome in Kata Tjuta is 1066 metres making it taller than Uluru. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are remarkable creations that need to visited by everyone. A picture from a magazine is no comparison of what visiting Uluru and Kata Tjuta makes you see and feel!
· Base Walk (Uluru)
Walk the 10.6 km base walk around Uluru. The base walk is an amazing way to appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Uluru. You will see Uluru from all angles noticing the different details of the surface and texture which was something you don’t expect.The base walk links up to the Kuniya Walk where you can see the Mutitjulu waterfall and the Mala Walk where you can see the Kantju Gorge. The Base Walk is also very popular for push bikes and you can even rent them outside the Cultural Centre.
· Liru Walk (Uluru)
Liru walk is a short walk between the Cultural Centre to the base of Uluru. The track is beautiful after rain because there are often colourful wild flowers that bloom.
· Walpa Gorge Walk (Kata Tjuta)
This fairy easy walk leads up to dry, rocky stream and leads to the flourishing spearwood at the end of the track. You will walk between the two tallest domes of Kata Tjuta and is 2.6km long and takes around 1 hour to complete. Walpa Gorge is an alternative walk at Kata Tjuta if you can’t do the Valley of the Winds.
· Valley of Winds Walk (Kata Tjuta)
The Valley of Winds walk combines the Karingana lookout and Karu lookout walks as a full circuit and is my favourite walk in all of the Uluru and Kata Tjuta national park. The walk to Karu lookout has some loose rocks but the view is breath-taking. When beginning the Karringana lookout trail you will walk down into the valley. There are challenging sections with steep steps and some climbing involved. Once you get to the Karingana lookout you will be hidden within the domes and it is the atmosphere is incredible. The rest of the walk takes you far away from both lookouts and you will wander in the heart of Kata Tjuta. Please note that the walk will be closed after 11am from Karu lookout if the temperature is 36 degrees or hotter.
· Uluru sunrise and sunset
There are 3 viewing areas built exactly for experiencing and capturing sunrises and sunsets in Uluru. Watching the sunrise and sunset allows you to notice the changing colour of Uluru and the beautiful different colours in the sky.
· Kata Tjuta sunrise and sunset
At the 2 viewing areas you can view the sunrise and sunset over Kata Tjuta. For 360 degree views of Kata Tjuta and Uluru on the horizon visit the Kata Tjuta Dune Viewing area. At sunrise the Dune Viewing area allows to perfect capturing of Kata Tjuta as a silhouettes. At sunset you can also visit the Kata Tjuta Sunset viewing area and you can watch the constant colour change to a deep red.
· Field of Light (current-March 2018)
The Field of Light show is an art instillation by Bruce Munro. There are more than 50,000 light stems which bloom in various colours when the darkness falls over Uluru. It is beautiful and another once in a lifetime!
· Cultural Centre
This is the first place you should visit when you arrive in Uluru. You can learn about Uluru and the traditional owners. There is information on the Australian plants, animals and how Uluru was formed. The cultural centre also has picnic facilities, a coffee shop, and souvenir shop and places to buy local artworks.