only way to truly experience Uluru (Ayers Rock) is to visit it.
No picture can show the magnificence of the size and colours of
the rock (348 metres high). Like the Olgas, Uluru is set within
the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
holds deep Aboriginal significance to the Anangu people, and many
stories are told as you wander around the base. You can also learn
about Ayers Rock at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural
Centre. Anangu Tours is also based here, and can take you on numerous
tours around the base, although they do request that you respect
their culture and do not climb the rock.
are different walks that you can take around the base of Uluru.
The first would be the long 9.4km walk around the whole of the base.
Around the base you will see numerous Aboriginal paintings, along
with descriptive boards explaining about the paintings. Some areas
of the rock are sacred and are clearly marked, so the Anangu people
request that you do not take pictures or enter these areas.
shorter walks that you can do are the Mala Walk, which is 2km, and
the Mutitjulu Walk, which is 1km. The Mala Walk tells the story
of the Tjukurpa (traditional law) of the Mala (hare-wallaby people).
The Mutitjulu is a permanent waterhole and the walk tells the story
of the clash between the two ancestral snakes Kuniya and Liru. You
can either follow a guided tour or take the walks on your own.
you don't fancy walking around Ayers Rock, you should definitely
go to watch it during sunrise or sunset, when the rock changes colours,
from greys, to browns, to reds, to oranges, to yellows. It really
is an amazing experience to watch this happening.