Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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Uluru at sunset (Richard Fisher/Flickr, CC BY 2.0).

 Australia
Northern territory
S25 19 60 E131 0 0
Date of Inscription: 1987
Extension: 1994
Criteria: (v)(vi)(vii)(viii)
Property : 132,566 ha
Ref: 447rev
News Link/Travelogue: AUSTRALIA; 

Olgas Path Rock Landscape The Olgas Kata Tjuta
The Olgas, Kata Tjuta (Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain).

This park, formerly called Uluru (Ayers Rock – Mount Olga) National Park, features spectacular geological formations that dominate the vast red sandy plain of central Australia. Uluru, an immense monolith, and Kata Tjuta, the rock domes located west of Uluru, form part of the traditional belief system of one of the oldest human societies in the world. The traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta are the Anangu Aboriginal people.


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Yulara is a town near the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the south of the Northern Territory, Australia. Yulara, also known as Ayers Rock Resort, is a service town for Uluru, acting as an accommodation base for visitors to the park. It was constructed in the 1980s and is just outside the national park boundaries. In 2010 the resort was purchased by the Indigenous Land Council who plan to have 50% of the Resorts workforce made up of Indigenous people by 2018. Most people at Yulara would stay one or two nights, and many are on tours. Finding people…[read more]

Mutitjulu is an Indigenous Australian community in the Northern Territory of Australia located at the eastern end of Uluru. It is named after a knee-shaped water-filled rock hole at the base of Uluru, and is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Its people are traditional owners and joint managers of the park with Parks Australia. At the 2011 census, Mutitjulu had a population of 296, of which 218 were Aboriginal. The majority of the Anangu are Pitjantjatjara but there are also associated Yankunytjatjara, Luritja and Ngaanyatjarra people with the languages spoken being Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Yankunytjatjara. [read more]

Kaltukatjara (Docker River) is a remote Indigenous Australian community in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is southwest of Alice Springs, west of the Stuart Highway, near the Western Australia and Northern Territory border. At the 2006 census, Kaltukatjara had a population of 355. The community is also known as Docker River, which is the European name for the township. It is on a wadi called the Docker Creek on the north side of the west end of the Petermann Ranges in the southwest corner of Northern Territory in Australia. A permanent settlement at “Docker River” was established in 1968…[read more]

2 Replies to “Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park”

  1. The best experience of Uluru isn’t climbing the rock itself. It is, in fact, walking around the expansive base of Uluru and seeing the majesty of this natural phenomenon up close, and watching the rock’s sandstone glow during sunrise and sunset.

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  2. The place has a huge cultural significance as you get to see the Anangu Art, hear the Anangu Stories and discover their connection with the country. The grandeur of the rock is supposed to be sacred and is worth the hundreds of kilometers it takes to get you there. Other than this, you will enjoy the breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset over the amazing landscape and feel the calmness by taking a walk around the base of incredible Uluru (this lets you explore and discover the texture and colour of the rocks more closely). In the outskirts of Uluru, you would find small caves where exists the 10 thousand years old brilliant Aboriginal Rock Art which is considered as National Treasures (also, Australia’s hidden treasures).

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