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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.




    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:

    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