For both its Aboriginal custodians and visitors, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park represents the physical and spiritual heart of Australia. One of the great natural wonders of the world, Uluru/Ayers Rock stands 348 metres high, and, like an iceberg, has most of its bulk below the surface. To the west of Uluru is Kata Tjuta/The Olgas - 36 weathered rock domes, estimated to be as old as 500 million years. Archaeological work suggests that Aboriginal people have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years and they now jointly manage the National Park.
Yulura, home of Ayers Rock Resort is the ultimate oasis offering an excellent range of accommodation options. The Yulara complex includes 6 hotels and a campground, a plethera of food and beverage options, a shopping centre with supermarket, newsagency, ANZ bank, Hair salon, Tour and gift shops, medical centre and a petrol station. There is a complimentary shuttle service that operates between each of the properties. Airport transfers are offered free of charge and car hire is available.
National Park Permits: Visitors to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are required to pay the park use fee. Entry fees help with the maintenance of the park and contribute to the Anangu traditional owners, to help them maintain their families and the Mutitjulu community. Entry is free for Children under 16 years of age. A standard 3 day pass is $25. Visitors 16 years and over must purchase one of these passes to enter the park. The pass is valid for 3 consecutive days.
Climate & Clothing: Throughout all 4 seasons you'll find large temperature ranges between day and night. During the summer months, temperatures range from 18C to 48C. In the winter months temperatures range from Zero to 30C. You will need solid walking shoes, comfortable casual clothes, and warm clothing if travelling in the cooler months. Hat, sunscreen and a fly net are essential year round.
Distances: Uluru to Alice Springs is 465km and Uluru to Kings Canyon is 306km. Both are accessible by sealed roads. For further information on distances and road conditions, please consult a local visitor centre or map. Yulara is located just outside the National Park and is about a 10-15 minute drive to Uluru and further 10 minutes to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)