The secret of Uluru - how to enjoy this mystical place

by Rita Amend

Uluru base

Uluru base

I admit I was never attracted to visit Uluru, neither was my hubby. Too expensive, too far away, too much hype about the rock. When I planned our fourth trip to Australia it turned out that we would come fairly close to the red centre (by Australian standards), and we decided to give it a go.

Yes, visiting Uluru was an awe-inspiring experience!

Why did I enjoy my visit despite my prejudice?

First of all, I did some research before I went. Aboriginal culture is not easy to digest for us "western" people, though I think it is very fascinating.
A visit to the Cultural centre gave more insight, and provided brochures for self-guided walks.

Exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta in our own vehicle helped us to stay away from organised tours, thus the crowds. Even if you fly to Yulara, I would recommend to hire a car there.

To get an insight into Uluru we did the Mala Walk, the most stunning and fascinating 2 kms in my life. What a different picture of what looked like a solid piece of rock from the distance. Caves and shelters, huge slabs of rock - the base of Uluru appeared really fragile.

The Mala Walk shows the places where the Mala people prepared for a ceremony.
With the helpful brochure in my hand I was able to discover the described features in the rocks and caves - awesome. I felt like I was in a different world.

The Mala walk ends at Kantju, one of the few reliable waterholes around Uluru. This was a place of tranquillity, a place to sit and think about what I was experiencing....

A visit to Uluru can be more than just climbing the rock and seeing the sunset (of course I saw the sunset, too). Make it as individual as possible, and have fun.

About me
I fell in love with Australia and the Outback on my first visit many years ago. This love finally led me into creating Rita's Outback Guide.

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Exactly how I experienced it...
by: Birgit

Rita, thank you so much for your excellent story! You describe EXACTLY what I experienced on my last visit to Uluru. (Which, just like you, I enjoyed very much, despite my expectations.) But you put it into words much better than I could :-).

By the way, love your website. Check it out, people!

Funny name Uluru
by: AnonymousTina

Hi every one who has bin on that ancient rock.
I find its name funny.
U-lu-ru to me means, at-lu-for ru.
Conluding that Kangaroos go to poop at Uluru.
On serious side, I have dreamed to go to Uluru.
Regardless of kangaroo poo.
50 years later, and I am still dreaming.
Probably because I am a bit lazy, thus bad traveler.
But I love to read comments of other tourists.
I am never disrespectful, just find names funny.
I like name Kimberli.
Have you been there?
I am dreaming.

Checking out the rock
by: Adam Goodes

Why do you say that tourists are the ones that are desecrating the site when the indigenous people are the ones without toilets? I am an Australian and I deserve the right to live in my country without Aboriginals dictating how I should feel about a rock. If you truly disagree with me maybe you can throw a boomerang or a rock at me. Aboriginal culture goes against my religion. I REFUSE TO PRAY TO YOUR SACRED ROCK!

it's just a rock
by: AnonymousTina

Well, its not just a rock but rock of inspiration.
I was inspired and I wrote a story.
It's about tourist cracking sediment on the rock.
But what happens next is astonishing.
I start with normal people, then animated version,
and finish with normal people.
I just wondered if anybody is interested to make a movie. It is G rated.
Being kid in heart myself, ha,ha,
Looking forward to contact;
All the best,

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