Australia’s most recognizable natural landmark, Uluru is integral to the Anangu people’s Tjukurpa, the creation period from which come their religion, law and moral systems. The Uluru Base Walk provides a fascinating insight into the geology of “the rock” – European settlers called it Ayers Rock – and the stone monolith’s spiritual significance to the traditional owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
The best way to begin the flat 10.6km circumnavigation is with a free ranger-guided mala (rufous hare wallaby) walk. This fun walk introduces you to aspects of traditional and contemporary aboriginal culture and life as well as park management.
Continuing independently you soon appreciate that Uluru is not the smooth red rock it appears from a distance. It’s all curves, crevices, folds, cracks and scars suffered during battles by creation beings! The trail passes Sensitive Sites (photography prohibited) and rock art on its way to caves and waterholes in shady gorges that attract birds, animals and reptiles year round.
Summer heat can be extreme and there is no greater spectacle than winter rain pouring down Uluru’s flanks.