Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

The north-east face of Uluru features some of the rock’s most mysterious formations. It is dotted with sacred sites that should only be seen in person.

This is the longest open stretch of the Uluru base walk, running from Kitchen Cave on the Mala walk to Kuniya Piti. The track distances itself from the rock as it crosses the north-east face.

According to Anangu culture, the rock formations of the north-east face hold chapters of creation stories that should only be learned in person. It is inappropriate for any images of these sites to be viewed elsewhere.

Particular senior Traditional Owners are responsible for the stories and ceremonies associated with these sites. They are handed down from grandparent to grandchild as family inheritance.

Under Tjukurpa, cultural knowledge is earned and comes with great cultural responsibility. This has been the custom since the beginning of creation.

For these reasons, Anangu request that you just enjoy the scenery of the north-east face and do not take any photographs.

By following this request, you are ensuring the continuation of Anangu cultural beliefs and the protection of their spirituality.

It’s also a great opportunity to put away the camera, be in the moment and experience the calm, peaceful environment that surrounds you.

When you return from the park, you can tell your friends that they have to visit for themselves, because there are some parts of Uluru that you can only see in person.

Tips for photographers

The north-east face of Uluru is the side of the rock you see from Ayers Rock Resort, the Camel Farm, the Field of Light, Sounds of Silence, Longitude 131 and when flying in or out on a commercial flight.

To capture wide shots of Uluru from these places in a culturally appropriate way, please take your photographs at sunset when the naturally occurring shadows obscure the sacred sites.

Alternatively, you can use an object such as a tree or another person to block the sacred sites at the top-left part of the rock.

More about photographing Uluru


Map showing the north-east-face walk

Site accessibility

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