Uluru / Ayers Rock

Uluru Travel Guide (Ayers Rock)

Read our Uluru Travel Guide to discover interesting facts about the local region to prepare you for your Uluru Tour with Mulgas Adventures.

Uluru Travel Guide formerly known as Ayers Rock, Northern Territory

Uluru Seasons

  • The sacred mountain of the Anangu Aboriginal people of Central Australia
  • Extreme climate:- 
    • Summer – the highest temperature is 45oC
    • Winter – lowest night temperature is below 0oC
    • Rainfall – approximately 5 cloudy days in a month all year round

History of Uluru

  • The Aboriginal people of Anangu have lived in this region for at least 30,000 years.
  • 1873 – The first non-Aboriginal explorer William Gosse visited and named it “Ayers Rock” after the Chief Secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers.
  • 1894 – A scientific team visited to study its geology, mineral resources, plants, animals and the Aboriginal culture of Central Australia.
  • The land was found not suitable for farming.

For historical information Uluru, please visit this website: https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/discover/history/

Things to explore around Uluru

  • Mala Walk, Mutijulu water hole and Aboriginal cave paintings

Major Beliefs

  • The Aboriginal people of Anangu believe that the Central Australian landscape (including the Uluru) was created at the beginning of time by ancestral beings.
  • They also believe that they are the direct descendants of these beings as well as the local custodians of these ancestral lands.

Tradition / Customs

The Tjukurpa

  • The Tjukurpa is the spirituality, law, moral compass for day-to-day life and justice system of the Anangu people.
  • The Tjukurpa guides the Anangu relationships between people and their environment.
  • Everything the Anangu people do revolve around the Tjukurpa.
  • The Anangu people like tourists to learn about Tjukurpa and respect it.
  • The Tjukurpa is not memorized.  It is passed on to people who have inherited or earned the right to possess the knowledge.

Local Ceremonies

  • Their ceremonies play an important role in passing different sections of Tjukurpa knowledge to successors.

Uluru Art & Culture

Tjukurpa stories are told through the following forms of art and culture;

  • “Inma” (songs and ceremonies)
  • Stories
  • Dances 
  • Art
  • Dot paintings:-  They are sacred their use and creation is restricted to specific groups of people

For more information on the culture of the ancestral Anangu people please visit this website: https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/discover/culture/

Animals / Bird Life around Uluru

Species

Places spotted

Birds:

 

Australian ringneck parrot, budgie, grey-headed honeyeater, rainbow bee-eater, willy wagtail, zebra finch

Kuniya Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, Uluru base walk, Liru walk

Brown falcon, red-backed kingfisher, splendid fairy-wren

Mala Walk, Kantju Gorge, Uluru base walk

Major Mitchell’s cockatoo, red-capped robin

Liru Walk, Uluru base walk

Reptiles:

 

King brown snake, perentie, three-lined knob-tailed gecko, water-holding frog, Woma python

Uluru

Animals:

 

Red Kangaroo, brush-tailed

Mulgara, southern marsupial mole

Uluru

For more information on the animal and bird life of the region please visit this website: https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/discover/nature/animals/

Camping Tours to Uluru

Features of the tours:-

  • Interpretive walks exploring the land 
  • Learning about Aboriginal law and religion
  • Indigenous cultural experiences
  • Visit to the Cultural Centre
  • Stunning sunsets and sunrises at Uluru
  • Bush camping

Notes for traveller safety and comfort:-

  • Uluru closes permanently for climbing on October 26th, this year
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have moderate physical fitness 
  • Minimum age 5 years
  • Please bring sunscreen, hat, insect repellent and Water bottles
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes

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