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According to the spiritual beliefs of the Anangu People, the traditional owners of Uluru, there are many important sites around Uluru that are sacred or secret significance. Because of this, the Anangu ask visitors to show respect and not climb Uluru. Visitors are permitted to walk around the monolith, and that's fine with us.

Uluru rises 348 meters above the plain, more than 860 meters above sea level. Walk right around the base of Uluru, you'll cover the circumference of 9.4 kilometers or 5.8 miles.

Uluru is made up of coarse-grained arkose (a type of sandstone) that was laid down in horizontal layers. These layers eventually hardened, were uplifted and then tilted almost 90 degrees upwards to their present position.

The rock formation is an Inselberg– German for ‘island mountain’ – a prominent geological structure that rises from the surrounding plain.




uluru - Google News

Official Links

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Plan of Management
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Publications

Headlines: Referendum Convention

In May the Referendum/National Constitutional Convention held its meeting in Uluru

Key Links:

Mabo lawyer urges 'gutless politicians' to support Uluru decision - The Transcontinental
Uluru statement offers up different set of priorities - The Sydney Morning Herald
Symbolic constitutional recognition off the table after Uluru talks, Indigenous leaders say - ABC Online
Constitutional reform rejected by Uluru forum, we'll pursue ... - SBS
Indigenous leaders gather in Uluru for historic Referendum Convention
Initial talks begin at Uluru summit
First Nations Convention is now underway at Uluru

More Headlines

Uluru climb in Northern Territory should be banned, some tourists say - ABC Online
We'll close Uluru - Outbounding
Is it 'ludicrous to ban climbers from Uluru?
Indigenous corporation wins $65m bailout over Ayers Rock Resort
http://news.nirs.org.au/61268-2 - @NatIndigRadio
Uluru handback 30th anniversary: magnificent pictures of culture - SBS
Allegations of largest ever 'evaporation' of Indigenous money in Uluru resort deal - ABC Online
Caring for Uluru wildlife
Good tour guides make a great impression - Parks Australia
Handback – an historic moment
Celebrating NAIDOC Week at Uluru (2013)
The message is clear: please don't climb Uluru
Still as a rock


Uluru Birds








Recommended Listening

Climbing Uluru and the sensitivities of tourism - We discuss what happens when sites of local significance become world famous tourist attractions. Who wins and who loses and what is at stake?

Our Spirit Becomes One - Documentary made for the tenth anniversary in 1995 of the handback of Uluru to the Anangu traditional owners. In the first program, Our Spirit Becomes One producer Ursula Raymond speaks with traditional owners and investigates the political drama, heightened by the Northern Territory Government's opposition to the handback. This program won the 1995 Louis St John Johnson Memorial Award for radio journalism.

Red Dust Travelers - Central Australia, the Red Centre, has loomed large in our history, and in our psyche. The desert has often been considered a place to be feared, but it has also attracted curious travellers. Across one decade from 1950 to 1960, suburban Australians first began to venture inland, along dirt tracks into the toughest desert country.

To climb, or not to climb? - Uluru is sacred to the Anangu, the local indigenous people who are responsible for the land. They ask you not to climb through signs and information at the cultural centre. However the choice is yours and the climb itself is only closed in adverse weather or if the Anangu need it for ceremony.

Sense of Place: Stephen Page on Uluru - The creative director of Bangarra shares how Uluru informs his creativity

Audio Tours

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Audio tours

Introduction to the park

Around Uluru

Around Kata Tjuta

The Red Centre Way - Alice Springs ABC


Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

UNESCO World Heritage Site


Elsewhere on the Web

Sacred Land Film Project


Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and handles tourism and resorts on their behalf. "With a strong commitment to social responsibility, all profits from our business activities go towards supporting the ILC's Indigenous programs across Australia."

Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel

Special Dates

October 26, 1985 Historic handover leading to joint management of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by Anangu traditional owners with Parks Australia

Anangu Vocabulary

Malu = Kangaroo
Tjulpun-tjulpunpa = pretty wildflowers (pretty but without use)
Tjukurpa = (foundation of the Anangu culture, pronounced ‘chook-orr-pa’)
tjilpi =senior Anangu men
wati = junior Anangu men

Additional Features

Traditional owners buy $300m Uluru resort - The Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara in central Australia has been sold to the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) for $300 million. The ILC has announced that contracts have been exchanged with The General Property Trust group to buy the entire resort. The resort, about 450 kilometers south of Alice Springs, includes five hotels, a campground and an airstrip, and employs 670 staff.

Review questions Ayers Rock Resort valuation and buy by Indigenous Land Corporation (December 2013)

Uluru to remain open (Jan 2010)
Uluru tourists return 'cursed' souvenirs
'Sorry' rocks returned to Uluru

Uluru lies 208 miles (335km) from Alice Springs

Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area.

It is visited by up to 500,000 tourists each year.

Embedded Tweets


Uluru rock paintings

Uluru 4

Reports and Publications

Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan 2010-2020




Constitutional recognition will be null and void if non-Indigenous Australians continue to ignore what Indigenous Australians are saying