Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:7 January 2017
In the heart of the sandy plains of Australia’s Red Centre, is a land that represents the perfect synthesis of geological magnificence and ancient spirituality - say hello to Uluru.
Average Winter Temp: 17°C
Average Summer Temp: 32°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Anangu (Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara) people
Known to the modern world as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this spectacular destination holds a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List, for its unique amalgam of natural and cultural significance.
Uluru (Ayers Rock), a giant sandstone monolith, and Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga), an ensemble of 36 rock structures, form the spatial highlights of the National Park. Together, they’ve hosted the scared rituals and cultural belief systems of one of the world’s oldest societies. To date, the Anangu people play a key part in the management and maintenance of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, introducing visitors to their ways of life and to the natural ecosystem that has preserved them for thousands of years.
Spend your next camping break at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, one of the most unique cultural landscapes in the world. Explore ancient Aboriginal sites, get a taste of bush foods, catch glorious sunrises and sunsets, and glimpses of some of world’s most unusual species of plants, animals and birds. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta experience goes beyond individual activities, and into a one-of-a-kind realm where nature meets history and creates pure bliss.
Attractions & Activities:
- Bush Walking
- Bird Watching
- Bush Tucker Tasting
- Sunrise and Sunset Watching
- Cultural Tours
- Ranger-led Walks
- Uluru (Ayers Rock)
- Kata Tjuta (Mount Olga)
- Kantju Gorge
- Mutitjulu Waterhole
- Talinguru Nyakunytjaku
- Walpa Gorge
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
There are no camping facilities within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Caravan parks and stations can be found anywhere between 15 and 500km from the site, depending on the direction you’re coming from. We’re listing 2 of the closest options below:
Ayers Rock Campground
Ayers Rock Campground is part of the Ayers Rock Resort, a sprawling expanse of cabins and camping facilities located just 15km away from Uluru. The property can accommodate all makes and sizes of caravans and motorhomes, besides offering well-appointed cabins for guests who prefer a little extra comfort. Supporting infrastructure includes modern toilets and showers, laundry facilities, a camp kitchen and barbecue area, a swimming pool and a playground. In addition to these, guests can also make the most of the in-house restaurant and shopping facilities at the Resort, and participate in a variety of organized daily activities free of cost.
$37/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $18 for every additional person; $10 per child (6-15 years)
$44/night for 2 persons, powered sites; $22 for every additional person; $10 per child (6-15 years)
(Rates listed above represent off-peak season tariffs; subject to increase during shoulder and peak seasons. Cabins are also available.)
Curtin Springs Wayside Inn and Cattle Station
Alice Springs, NT
Located about 100km from Uluru, Curtin Springs Cattle Station is very popular among caravanning tourists heading out to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The main USP of the property takes the shape of practically unlimited unpowered sites, which are offered free of cost to boot. The management charges guests separately for using facilities such as showers. A limited number of powered caravan sites are also available, though they must be booked in advance. Unpowered sites are allotted on a first-come-first-served basis.
$40/night for 2 persons, powered sites (only 8 available); showers charged extra (per person)
Free camping at unpowered sites; showers charged per person
(Ensuite and budget rooms are also available.)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Besides roadside rest areas that can be found on the Northern Territory Government website, caravanning tourists can find several free camping options scattered around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. These include Lizard Bore, about 500km north of the National Park, 10km west of Mount Liebig, and Chambers Pillar Camping Ground, about 380km east of the National Park. The former has no amenities, while the latter offers pit toilets and limited barbecue space. A nominal camping fee is applicable at Chambers Pillar Camping Ground. Rainbow Valley is another low-budget option with basic amenities, very close to Chambers Pillar.