Often for a vacation, we opt for big cities and their surrounding regions. Nevertheless, far away from the psychedelic city lights are some beautiful locations close to nature, which are waiting to welcome visitors. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is one such enchanting destination in Australia. Nearly 500,000 visitors come every year to enjoy the wonders of this World Heritage site.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located 440km to the south west of Alice Spring. Most visitors take a bus or hire a car from Alice Spring to arrive at the Park. You can also fly from major Australian cities to the Connellan Airport, situated near the park. Throughout the year, this Park is open to visitors. The opening hours changes according to season. During the Australian summer months, the Park remains open from 5 am to 9pm.
During the winter, it is open from 6.30am to 7.30pm. Visitors have to pay AUS$25.00 for a 3-day pass. Annual individual ticket costs AUS$32.50 and vehicle fee is extra. Children below 16 years are not charged any entry fee.
Where to stay
Accommodation inside the park is not available. Camping is also not allowed in the park. Ayers Rock Resort, adjacent the Park, is the closest accommodation available for visitors.
What to do
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is the land of the Anangu people. Besides the natural beauty of this region, this is also the place to learn about Anangu culture. The park is comprised of two main regions – Uluru and Kata Tjuta. There are several guided walks across these parts of the park.
The walks are of different duration and different physical level. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park walks are easy to moderate in nature. They lead visitors around ancient habitation sites, through woodlands and sand dune vegetations. Watching the sunrise and sunset is a wonderful experience that no visitor is likely to miss. There are specific areas in the park, specially marked for viewing sunrise and sunset. Another attraction of this Park is its rock art sites. The Aborigines residents of this region have manifested their understanding of nature and narrated the tales of their lives through paintings on rocks. The Uluru caves and the rock shelters along Mutitjulu and Mala walks are the major rock art sites of the park. This vacation will not only take you close to nature, but it will also help you to learn about the wonderful life of the indigenous people of Australia, blended in spirituality and respect for nature.