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Uluru rangers hard at work restoring tracks
Wednesday, 11 January, 2017
More than a million people saw and shared the wonderful photos of the magical waterfalls cascading off the rock over Christmas.
Unfortunately this severe weather event caused significant flooding in the park leading to its temporary closure.
Thanks to the hard work of our rangers we were able to reopen the park less than 24 hours after the event.
Our focus was to get some of the most popular areas open as soon as possible, including sunrise and sunset viewing areas and walks such as the short one to the spectacular Mutitjulu Waterhole.
We’ve now managed to open up every walk except the Liru Walk.
As you can see from these pictures, the rain has badly eroded this track. Our rangers are working hard to reopen it as soon as possible, ensuring that it’s safe for visitors.
We ask for your patience in the meantime and for people to obey track closure signs and our rangers’ instructions. Walking on tracks that have already eroded can lead to further damage.
We will continue to update you. Meanwhile, we’ve gone from one extreme to another weather-wise with extreme temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius this week. While this will help dry out our tracks, it also means all of our visitors should take special care when walking in the heat.
We recommend walking only in the morning in these temperatures. Remember you can always cool off in our Cultural Centre. Click here for more on keeping your family safe in extreme heat.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park now open again
Tuesday, 27 December, 2016
We’re pleased to report that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is open to visitors today.
All roads are open, but there is still water across the road in some areas, so please drive with care.
The Mala Walk and Mututjulu Waterhole Walk are open to the public, however track closures will be in place for all other walks for the time being.
Rangers are busy behind the scenes, ensuring that all tracks and walks will be cleared and safe to use as soon as possible. Because of this, there will be no Ranger Guided Mala Walk today.
Thank you for your patience and understanding yesterday, and enjoy your trip!
Waterfalls at Uluru!
Have you ever wondered what Uluru looks like when it's raining? This spectacular video of waterfalls over Uluru was filmed by Rees Hughes on 26 December 2016.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park reopens after extreme weather
27 December 2016
Due to an extreme weather event, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was temporarily closed on Monday, 26 December.
Rangers checked the condition of the roads every hour in a bid to reopen as soon as it was safe, and the Park reopened at 7.30 am, 27 December.
Heavy rain and storms predicted: Bureau of Meteorology
23 December 2016
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park would like to advise visitors that heavy rain and storms are forecast over the Christmas holiday period.
Please plan accordingly and stay safe.
Segway tours for Uluru
Uluru is getting ready to roll with a new company offering guided tours on segways around one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks.
Uluru Segway Tours will be another great way to experience the rock in all its glory.
You can already choose to walk, ride or fly around the rock – now you can roll with a small group-guided tour.
This new activity will empower many visiting Uluru to complete the unmatched experience the 11-kilometres Uluru base walk can offer.
A Parks Australia spokesperson said this was a welcome tourism activity that would offer new employment opportunities for traditional owners.
“As part of its agreement with Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Uluru Segway Tours offers new training and employment opportunities for Anangu,” the spokesperson said. “I wish the operators every success and look forward to further benefits for traditional owners being created out of this new and exciting enterprise.”
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management has approved this tourism activity. The board has 12 members, two-thirds of whom are traditional owners elected by Anangu to represent the views of Anangu.
For booking information visit www.ulurusegwaytours.com.au
Free wifi is now available
Free wifi is now available at the Cultural Centre in Uluru! Send us your selfies - hashtag your pics #SeeUluru. The wifi installation is a joint initiative between Parks Australia and the Northern Territory Government, making it easier for visitors to get all-important travel info on the go!
The Big Uluru Trek - 23 to 27 August, 2016
Join Big Run Events and take part in a unique outback experience - The Big Uluru Trek. This 100-kilometre five-day desert trek from Amata to Uluru is the first event of its kind, offering unprecedented access to these remote and beautiful desert lands of the Uluru Kata Tjuta region.
Bruce Munro's Field of Light - 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
Bruce Munro's Field of Light will be created in its largest form to date at Ayers Rock Resort for most of 2016. The solar-powered installation will illuminate a remote desert area within sight of the majestic Uluru. There are three ways to experience the installation, which provides the perfect reason to add an extra night to any stay and experience this once in a lifetime event.
Australian Outback Marathon - 30 July 2016
Now in its seventh year, the Australian Outback Marathon will be held on 30 July 2016. Set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in the world entrants from all over the world will once again pound the red dust with spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Astronomer in Residence Program
Learn more about the stars, planets, galaxy, Big Bang theory and cosmos with Ayers Rock Resort's Astronomer in Residence Program, brought to you in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).
Tjungu Festival at Ayers Rock Resort - 22 to 25 April 2017
Tjungu (pron. tjoo-ngoo), meaning meeting or coming together in local Anangu language, celebrates the best of Australian Indigenous culture. During this four-day family friendly festival the Resort will be humming with activity from sunrise to sunset and beyond. There will be a lively timetable of events featuring everything from culture to film and art, from sport to music, food and fashion.
Uluru Camel Cup - 26 to 27 May 2017
Join locals at this fun filled weekend of activities and experience a true Aussie outback style event. The multi-award winning Uluru Camel Cup, 29-30 May, now in its fourth year, is a must-do on every outback travelers list.
Desert Dreaming Yoga Festival - 22 to 29 April 2017
Yoga Instructor Denby Sheather will host the first Desert Dreaming Yoga Festival at Ayers Rock Resort where guests will tune into the spiritual nature of the destination and be nourished through the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, healing, and wholefood medicine.
Reconciliation week 2016
Join us during reconciliation week for guided walks, bush tucker experience and campfire yarns.
New park ticketing system
We have a new park ticketing system that includes boom gates and ticket columns to automatically scan park tickets. The new system will be installed from 22 February and we will be using new credit card sized bar-coded tickets from this date. There will be no change to tour operator/bulk ticket sales at this stage.
Park visitors will still have to purchase their tickets on arrival from lane one, however once visitors have a ticket they can scan at lane two and drive through for quick validation. This will reduce queuing at the Entry Station and will allow processing of e-tickets later in the year.
Visitors with a Resident pass, Annual pass or Territorian pass should present their current pass to staff at lane one after 27 February to be issued a new bar-coded ticket. This ticket will be validated for the same period as the original pass. If you have any queries about the changes please contact the park on 08 8956 1128 or email Uluru.email@example.com
Australia 20 most amazing views
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park have both been listed in Australia 20 most amazing views by Experience Oz + NZ.
Kakadu gained two placings for Gunlom falls and Ubirr, while Uluru took out the Number One spot for it's sunrise/sunset viewing.
We've always know our parks are amazing, but it's great to see others think so too.
Touch the Silence Within Wellness Weekend - 13 to 15 May 2016
Popular life change facilitator Peter Bliss hosts this enriching, memorable and transformational weekend where guests will apply key universal principles to empower them in managing emotions and master their mind with practical mindfulness workshops, silence survival strategies, intuition and intention tips, Qigong workshops, and guided meditations to enhance their lives.
Writing to the World
A seven year old named Toby from Sheffield, England, has set himself an amazing challenge - to write to the world. Find out what happened when Toby wrote to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Australia's Dream Destination of 2015 is Uluru
Uluru has been awarded Australian Traveller's Dream Destination of 2015. Our iconic red rock beat out the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania and Sydney to be named the destination every Australian should visit.
Celebrating 30 years since Uluru's handback
Anangu have celebrated 30 years since Australia's iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was handed back to the traditional owners of the land.
Junior rangers exchange cultural knowledge
Australia's future Indigenous land managers have taken part in a cultural exchange where they learnt about one another's environments and traditions.
A week of 30th anniversary handback celebrations
Monday 26 October marks 30 years since Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was handed back to the traditional owners, Anangu. Join us in marking this historic event with special cultural activities every day at the Cultural Centre.
Monday 19 - Monday 26 October
10.00 am - Cultural presentation
We offer free cultural and natural demonstrations at the Cultural Centre at 10.00 am every day of the year.
11.30 am - Handback presentation
Learn about Tjukurpa, joint management and the future direction of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
2.00 pm - Mai (bush tucker) walk and talk
Join our ranger to learn about Uluru's plants, Anangu knowledge and the use of mai (bush tucker).
Best noses in business sniff out feral rabbits
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to a protected population of endangered mala (rufous hare-wallaby), a species that is no longer found in the wild. Our mala enclosure is surrounded by a cat and fox-proof fence but rabbits have become a problem. They compete with our mala for food and shelter, which jeopardises the future of the population.
Indigenous Tourism Award win
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is proud to announce their win in the 2015 Tourism Central Australia Awards. Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park won in a new category for its commitment and outstanding work in Indigenous Tourism. The awards celebrations were held in Alice Springs on 2 October.
Managing feral cats
At Uluru we're always working hard to take care of our native plants and animals. Our annual feral animal trapping takes place during the cooler months. Reptiles are less active at this time so there's less food for feral animals - making them easier to trap.
What's in season at Uluru?
What's in season in the park this year might be different from what's in season next year - it depends on the amount of rainfall and our fire management regimes.
Nicole Kidman for Vogue Australia at Uluru
The first images of Nicole Kidman's photo shoot have been unveiled by Vogue Australia. The Hollywood superstar posed for the shoot at sacred Mutitjulu, with her two daughters close by.
What's your big idea for Uluru?
Today Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park's Board of Management put out a call for culturally appropriate and environmentally sensitive business and investment ideas in the park. Board chairperson Sammy Wilson said the traditional owners wanted people with good ideas to come and talk together. "This is a beautiful place to bring strong ideas where we can work together, look towards the future and create something to be proud of," he said. The Board and traditional owners want to increase the visitor experiences on offer in the park, enhance people's understanding of culture and country and boost job and training opportunities for their community. See the media release for more information.
Dalai Lama at Uluru
As part of his 2015 visit to Australia, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will travel to Uluru for the first time to offer his respects to the Traditional Owners of the land, the Anangu people. While there he will also offer a local Community Talk on Saturday 13 June 2015.
Animals of the park presentation
Are you interested in native animals? Join our Natural and Cultural Resources Ranger to learn about the native animals of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Wake up with Today at Uluru!
The Today Show team broadcast live from the park on Monday . Karl, Lisa and the gang kicked off their #SeeAustralia tour from the red centre and we were honoured to have them as our guests. As well as experiencing all the park had to offer, the team was joined by special guest singer Jessica Mauboy, who performed live.
Artists create song for Uluru
Uluru's traditional owners have taken part in producing a song to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ayers Rock Resort.