Kuniya walk and Mutitjulu Waterhole
One of the few permanent water sources around Uluru, Mutitjulu Waterhole is a place where you can sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the beginning of time.
The short Kuniya walk runs from the Kuniya carpark to Mutitjulu Waterhole. The presence of water means this area is particularly lush and shady.
This is one of the few places in the park where you may see wallabies among the tall grasses and river red gum trees. Bush foods also abound, including tjantu (bush tomatoes), ili (figs) and arnguli (bush plums).
Mutitjulu Waterhole is a special place where Uluru’s traditional owners regularly take VIPs. The British Royals and the Dalai Lama are just some of the famous faces who have visited.
If you get the waterhole all to yourself, take a moment to sit on the bench and close your eyes to experience an intimate connection with nature. The sound of the trickling water and the chirping of the birds will fill your heart with a sense of peace and joy.
The Kuniya walk is a living cultural landscape. It’s the site of one of Uluru’s most dramatic creation stories – the deadly battle between Kuniya (the woma python woman) and Liru (the poisonous brown snake man).
When you come here, you’ll understand how creation stories are being played out on the surface of Uluru today. Kuniya and her spirit are here, and the caves she protects are still used by Anangu.
Take the Kuniya walk when it rains to experience the magical waterfalls.
In the warmer months, watch for noisy finches and nankeen kestrels soaring on the thermal winds. Keen birdwatchers may also spot nesting black-breasted buzzards or tawny frogmouths.
During summer, Mutitjulu Waterhole and the nearby rock art cave provide relief from the scorching temperatures.
Beat the crowds
Mutitjulu Waterhole is one of the park’s busiest locations, but is often quiet at sunrise, sunset and lunchtime. If you’ve already seen an Uluru sunrise from afar, come to the Kuniya walk or carpark to watch the sun peeking out from behind the south-eastern side of the rock.
Tips for photographers
The Kuniya Walk features astonishing rock formations that are a joy to photograph.
The sun hits Mutitjulu Waterhole directly around lunchtime. Bring a wide-angle lens to capture the full beauty of this peaceful place.
Explore the sights, sounds and stories of the Kuniya walk thanks to our collaboration with Google Story Spheres:
- Open today
- Wheelchair access
- No toilets
Type of walk