Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock) Travel Guide
Kuniya Walk - Trail to Hunters' Cave
Starting Back to Valley of the Winds...
Valley of the Winds
Anangu Women greet Uluru visitors
Breathtaking Scenery and a Million Stars
Exhorbitant prices! Sacrilege!
In a nutshell
words and photos doesn't do it justice!
is it worth it?
Ayers rock is quite a distance from Three Ways and once you pay for the accommodation and all the fees i am not sure if it is worth it. Sure it is beautiful but i think there are far more better things to see and spend your hard earned cash on.
Road to Kata Tjuta (Olga Mountains)
Kata Tjuta, meaning "many heads," is a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes that date back 500 million years. The Lasseter Highway turns to the southwest ~4 km south of the Park toll booth at the turn to Uluru. Relative to that intersection, Kata Tjuta is located 44 km almost...
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Overview
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is the newest destination in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It was just opened in late 2009 at a cost of 21 million AUD. Talinguru Nyakunytjaku is a large viewing area located about 3 km southeast of Uluru. Although it is advertised as a sunrise...
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku - Minymaku Platform
The Minymaku Platform is on a small sand hill about 0.5 km from the parking lot (actually the distance depends on where you start in the long parking area). It has ramps and is wheelchair accessible. There is also a covered shelter a little down the hill from the platform...
Kuniya Walk - Shelter and Kuniya & Liru Display
The shelter and display are located where the Kuniya Walk and the Uluru Base Walk split next to Hunters' Cave. The display tells about the legend of a great battle between Kuniya and Liru in the Kapi Mutitjulu Canyon (see the details in a travelogue).
Kuniya Walk - North Side of Hunters' Cave
The north side of Hunters' Cave is the largest. The viewing platform is actually inside the cave. Hunters' Cave was no doubt a home and gallery. It is only ~200 meters from the Kapi Mutitjulu waterhole. Parents would teach the abstract symbols in these paintings to their...
Kuniya Walk - Middle Part of Hunters' Cave
There is also a viewing platform at the east entrance to Hunters' Cave. The rock paintings were made by Anangu who recorded events in their own lives. They often painted over older designs. Water-based colored pigments from ochre were used. It is difficult to date these kind...
Kuniya Walk - South Side of Hunters' Cave
Hunters' Cave is on the west side of the mouth of Kapi Mutitjulu Canyon under a pile of large boulders below the cracked cliff that is Liru's Shield. It has three entrances: south, middle and north. There is a viewing platform at the south entrance. It is not easy to see...
Kuniya Walk - Trail to Hunters' Cave
The trail heads north from the trailhead. It is ~200 meters to the south end of Hunters' Cave, which is below Liru's Shield. The Base Walk intersects the trail before it reaches the cave. The Base Walk then splits off at Hunters' Cave and goes east toward Ikari (Smile Cave)....
Kuniya Walk - Trailhead
The trailhead for the Kuniya Walk (1 km, 45 min return) is close to the south corner of Uluru. It has a shelter and a First Aid phone. The trail heads north toward Hunters' Cave, which is below Liru's Shield, and intersects the Base Walk before it reaches the cave. It then...
Kuniya Walk - Trail to Mutitjulu Waterhole
The north side of Hunters' Cave is located on the west wall of the Kapi Mutitjulu canyon ~200 meters from the waterhole. The trail runs through a grove of trees and you can hear and see plenty of birds. On the west wall of the canyon, there is a strange shape in the rocks. I...
Uluru Base Walk - Trail to Ikari (Smile Cave)
The Uluru Base Walk trail to the east from Hunters' Cave cuts across the mouth of the Kapi Mutitjulu canyon and runs along the base of Uluru to Ikari (Smile Cave). The part along the base might be called Wila Apuru, but I am not sure.
Kuniya Walk - Kapi Mutitjulu Waterhole
The Anangu respect Kapi Mutitjulu as the home of Wanampi, an ancestral water snake. Wanampi has the power to control the source of this precious water. It was also the site of a great battle between Kuniya and Liru (see a travelogue). Kapi Mutitjulu is the most reliable...
Base Walk - Ikari (Smile Cave)
Tjukurpa tells how tjintir-tjintirpa (the willy wagtail woman) hears faint sounds of singing coming from the northeast. Happily she realizes that the ceremonies of the Mala (rufous hare-wallaby) people have started. As an expression of her pleasure, she smiles and forms...
The Tali Bar: Tali Bar - small menu but great venue & food
This is a well-priced really pleasant cafe/bar where we had dinner one night. It is in the Voyages/Sails hotel area and is accessible for all visitors to Yulara.We were very pleasantly surprised that we could get a meal for under $20. This is a well kept secret I think as we...
Rosie's Camp Kitchen: Another "Survivor" Meal
After an amazing day in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, we headed back to our campsite in the Ayers Rock Campground. It was time for another "survivor" meal. Rosie and Deb made a rissoto with spicy sausage and vegetables. Dessert was apple pie with custard. It was yet...
The concept of Tjukurpa is complex. It embodies the principles of religion, philosophy and human behaviour that are to be observed in order for people to live harmoniously with each other and the land. The fundamental principle of Tjukurpa is that people and the landscape...
BE CAREFUL WHILE HIKING HERE..
ULURU AND KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK. ..Take extra care when walking and hiking in this park...make sure that you have good comfortable shoes or hiking boots...make sure that you are always with someone..and always be careful climbing on these loose rocks as a fall or a...
To package or DIY??
One advantage of a 3D/2N package with tours (which I did) is that you get the relevant narration and explanations of the sights that you see. Otherwise, like a young woman in Sydney said of Ayer's Rock: "it's just a rock" and "there's nothing there", otherwise! ;-)With such...
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park Toll Booth
About 4 km south of Yulara on the Lasseter Highway, you come to the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park toll booth. The Park 3-day use fee is 25 AUD per person. From the toll booth, it is 9 km to the sunset viewing area for cars, 13 km to the Cultural Center, 15 km to Uluru,...
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