The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a 1,333-square-kilometre conservation area that was established in January of 1958.

There are a number of unique experiences on offer at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

You can see wildlife, watch the sunset, or admire the views.

But here are the best things to do at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

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1. Uluru 

Uluru, sometimes referred to as Ayers Rock, is an enormous sandstone rock formation.

Situated about 450 kilometres from the nearest town of Alice Springs, Uluru is the highlight of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The Uluru rock formation is sacred to the local Anangu Aboriginal people and is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Visitors come to learn about the unique cultural history of the rock and explore the many unexpected surprises in the landscape.

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2. Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is the starting point for many journeys through the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The centre has cultural information, workshops, art galleries, and some food and shopping options.

You can get an idea of what you can see in the area and learn about Indigenous culture before planning your tours.

Find out more about the Anangu people, who are the local Aboriginals of the region.

3. The Olgas

The Olgas, which is now often referred to as Kata Tjuta, is a large, domed rock formation.

It’s name Kata Tjuta is a local word, which means ‘many heads’ since it consists of more than 30 domes.

The largest of these is Mount Olga, which stretches to a height of 546 metres making it nearly 200 metres taller than Uluru.

You can come to Kata Tjuta to view the unusual rock formation, and learn about the cultural history of this unique site, which is in many ways more interesting than Uluru.

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4. Mala Walk

The Mala Walk travels 1 kilometres along the bottom of iconic Uluru, and is best taken guided by one of the local rangers, most of whom are local Anangu people.

Walking from the Mala Carpark to Kantju Gorge, it follows an existing trail and offers visitors a chance to gain a local perspective on the significance of the site.

The ranger guides share stories about Uluru, the region’s flora, fauna and local Aboriginal history.

During the walk, you will see rock formations and rock art.

You’ll also see Tjukurpa, a concept that encompasses traditional knowledge shared amongst the Anangu people.

If you’re more active, you can try the Uluru Base Walk, which covers 10.6 kilometres and takes around 3.5 hours.

There is also the Lungkata Walk, a 4 kilometres return walk that takes around 1.5 hours.

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5. Watarrka National Park

Watarrka National Park is a huge national park quite far from Uluru, but definitely worth a visit.

The park contains the western section of the George Gill Range, which includes the famous Kings Canyon.

The landscape of Watarrka National Park is rugged, with ranges, rockholes and impressive gorges.

You can see the area’s flora and fauna, undertake one of the park’s scenic walks, or learn from the expert rangers about life within the park and its history.

Try one of the beautiful walking trails.

For example, Kathleen Springs Walk is a 1.5 hour (2.4 kilometre) walk that leads to a spring-fed waterhole and is ideal for families.

Alternatively, try the Giles Track, a 2 day (22 kilometre) trek for experienced and enthusiastic walkers links Kathleen Springs with Kings Canyon.

You can camp inside the national park if you’re on the Giles Track.

However, only experienced hikers should attempt this track.

Two more popular trails are  Kings Canyon Rim Walk and Kings Creek Walk.

Kings Canyon Rim is 6 kilometres taking around 3 – 4 hours to walk, while Kings Creek Walk is 2.6 kilometres long and takes 1 hour to complete.

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6. Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon is one of the main attractions located in Watarrka National Park

It is a notable feature on the George Gill Range that consists of enormous red sandstone walls, most of which stretch to 100 metres in height

Overwhelmingly red in colour, the walls of Kings Canyon protect a thriving natural landscape where more than 600 native plants and animals flourish.

Take Kings Creek Walk or the Kings Canyon Rim Walk to see the landscape.

You will find a number of unique species in the area, alongside some stunning walking trails and unique bush experiences.

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7. Sounds of Silence

After a hot day exploring the natural landscapes of Uluru, enjoy an entertaining diner with Sounds of Silence.

The dinner is hosted at the Ayers Rock Resort, where you’ll have clear views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the background.

During the night there will be ongoing entertainment including local Anungu dancer, didgeridoo performance and a star gazing talk.

Have a glass of wine, eat as much as you can since it’s a buffet, and enjoy everyone’s company in this magical setting.

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