Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, established in 1958 as Ayers Rock–Mount Olga National Park, was renamed in 1993 after two of Australia’s most spectacular and famous tourist attractions: the world-famous sandstone monolith of Uluru and the red domes of Kata Tjuta. The Park attracts more than 250,000 tourists every year.
The monolith of Uluru
The monolith of Uluru is said to be the biggest sandstone monument on earth. The huge red sandstone geologic formation, about 550 million years old, is also said to be Australia’s most natural iconic tourist attraction.
The stone formation, which stands at 348 meters tall, and with a circumference of 9.4 km, is home to rare plants and animals. The monolith of Uluru has also come to be an important spiritual site for the Aboriginal indigenes, with caves painted with remarkable rock art.
Red domes of Kata Tjuta
The red domes of kata Tjuta, an impressive domed conglomerate formation, formerly known as the Olgas, comprises 36 domes of Kata Tjuta, which covers an extent of more than 20 square kilometers and is 546 meters tall, above the surrounding plain.
Tourists and nature-lovers will want to experience Walpa Gorge, a narrow creek valley between two of Kata Tjuta’s largest domes. The gorge is said to be a sanctuary for many diverse plants and animals, including wallabies and gorgeous wildflowers.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, owned by the Anangu people-the traditional Aboriginal owners, is leased to and managed by Parks Australia in collaboration with the Anangu people.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is also home to a diverse and fascinating array of plants and animals, including the many rare species.
Tourists can hire tour guides to help navigate the park and experience the many fun activities, from painting workshops to Segway tours of the rock.
Tourists and visitors can also visit the nearby Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara to avail themselves of accommodation, restaurants, shops, fuel, and other essential services to park visitors.