Audio tour 2 - Walks
- Location: Uluru Road | Duration: 3m55s
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You are now on the Uluru Road - we'll tell you what you'll see as you drive along but we suggest you keep driving and head straight to the Cultural Centre, which is well signposted. It's about a ten minute drive.
Stopping first at the Cultural Centre will give you a deeper insight into Anangu culture - and it will help you see Uluru through Anangu eyes through the rest of your trip.
As you begin your drive along Uluru Road towards the Cultural Centre, look out for the car sunset viewing area on your left. This is the most popular location to watch Uluru change colours at sunset. Actually, it's one of the best viewing areas at any time of day. It's the perfect spot to capture Australia's most famous landmark with your camera - this is where you get the famous red found on all the postcards.
As you drive, I'd like to share with you a bit more about the walks and tours we've got on offer throughout the park. Remember we cater to all levels of fitness and ability so there's something here for everyone.
Our rangers offer daily guided walks along the Mala Walk trail. This is an easy walk, and a great chance to meet and talk with one of our rangers.
Our ranger will guide you along the trail, stopping to tell the story of the Mala - the rufous-hare wallaby. He'll point out rock art and bush foods, talking about Anangu culture as well as how we manage our World-Heritage listed park.
If you want to go on this walk, make sure you meet our ranger at the Mala car park, at 8.00 am from October to April or at 10.00 am from May to September.
If you can't make the ranger guided walk, the Mala Walk has many interesting signs along the way telling you about Uluru, so it is also a great walk to do on your own.
The Kuniya Walk is another easy, 15 minute walk that takes you to one of the many highlights of our park - Mutitjulu Waterhole. The waterhole is a special place for Anangu, who believe it contains the spirits of ancestral beings. You'll also see some of the park's rock art along the way. It's a great spot to rest for a while, and if you're a birdwatcher it's one of the only permanent waterholes in the park, so birds love it here.
One of the most stunning walks is the Uluru Base Walk. This three and a half hour walk takes you right round the rock, allowing you to experience all sides of Uluru.
The rich vegetation may surprise you if you've always thought of an arid environment as parched desert sand. Look up as you walk around, feel the power of the rock - many visitors say they can feel the spirits of the creation ancestors here. Or you can head out to our other major attraction - Kata Tjuta. There's an all access viewing site, a moderate walk to the spectacular Walpa Gorge or if you're up for a real challenge, the Valley of the Winds circuit walk.
If you are walking at Uluru, remember this is a hot, arid, desert environment so it is a good idea to drink at least a litre of water for every hour you walk. There are two watering points along the way to refill your water bottle. We also strongly recommend you take your walks in the cooler morning hours before 11.00 am, and wear sturdy footwear and sun protection. Your safety is our number one priority!