Walking around the Uluru is a lovely way to discover the natural beauty and rich culture of the rock, following the footsteps of the ancestral beings that shaped the landscape.
You can choose between several walks, depending on how much time you have or your level of fitness.
By choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing, you will be respecting Tjukurpa and Anangu wishes.
From the Kuniya car park, visitors can walk the short track to Mutitjulu waterhole, home of a wanampi, an ancestral watersnake. Following the signs, learn more about the Tjukurpa of Kuniya in this area. The caves containing rock art were used in the past by Anangu still alive today.
1 km return • 45 mins • wheelchair access
Liru and Mala Walk:
Join Anangu guides for a walk of discovery along a path to Uluru following the track of the ancestral Liru. Hear stories of the ancient Western Brown Snake, Liru. Watch demonstrations of traditional bush skills such a making kiti (like bush superglue), starting a fire without matches, holding a spear and throwing it, while imaging you`re on a hunt!
There are many fine examples of Anangu rock art along the Mala walk and you can experience the sheer vertical walls and profound peacefulness of Kantju Gorge.
Liru walk: 4 km return • 1.5 hrs • dry-weather wheelchair access
Mala walk: 2 km return • 1.5 hrs • wheelchair access
Discover the diverse plants, animals and geological features of the Park. The Base Walk is the best way to fully appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Uluru. This walk takes you all around the rock. It`s a 10 km walk, they say to count about 2,5 – 3 hours for it. We finished it in a little over 2 hours.
According to the Anangu people, who are the custodians of the rock, the path up the side is part of the traditional route taken by ancestral Mala men upon their arrival at Uluru. They request visitors to not climb the rock because of its great spiritual significance. The Anangu people prefer that visitors choose to respect their law and culture by not climbing, but through education and understanding learn more about the history.
Written and contributed for Traveldudes by IsabellesTravel