One of the best ways to experience Uluru is to take the time to complete the walk around its base, to discover the smooths bumps, the holes and the strange shapes, to feel the incredible energy of this place. Below are some information, advice and photos to help you plan your base walk around Uluru.
INFO & PLANNING TIPS - ULURU BASE WALK
Uluru is such a magnificient site, it should be savoured slowly. I truly believe that completing the whole walk around its base is the great way to fully apprehend its magic.
However this is a long walk in the desert, so if you are not able, just complete a small section of it.
And please, respect the Anangu people (local aboriginals) rights to this place and do not climb it!
TIPS FOR TRAVEL PLANNING ADDICTS - Uluru Base Walk
Getting to Uluru Base Walk
- Shuttles Uluru Express
- Some day or half day tours include the base walk
- if you have your own vehicle, just park near one of the walking point (Mala or Kuniya carparks). Check out the map on my guide to Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Walking the Uluru Base Walk
- 10.6 km loop, 3.5 hours
- Manage the heat: start early and take plenty of water - YtravelBlog recommends starting anti-clockwise from Kuniya walking point to walk the side without shade in the early hours.
- you can also walk only small sections of the base.
- The rangers also organized free Mala Walk if you want to learn more about the place (1.5 hours)
MY FAVORITE VIEW
Below is my favorite view of Uluru from its base. I like how we see the shapes and lines of Uluru, the contrast of the green with the orange and the realization of scale with the people walking on the left. However this is close to a carpark, so one of the most crowded place around it.
VIEWS OF ULURU FROM ITS BASE
This place is so magical. The colors, the shape. The walk, although quite difficult because of the heat, was refueling my energy. The photos, because they are limiting the views, are not giving it justice.
AN ABORIGINAL SACRED SITE
Uluru and Kata Tjuta are very sacred for the native Anangu people. They still perform many traditional ceremonies at specific spots, some only for women and others only for men. I paid attention at all the signs and I hope I have not photographed anything forbidden.
ULURU UNDER THE RAIN
It does not happen often, but it does sometimes rain. Uluru then transforms and waterfalls start pouring on its side. I had the chance to enjoy it both in the sun and the rain. What an amazing sight!
DON'T FORGET TO LOOK DOWN!
I know that during the walk you want to see all the detailed of Uluru, the round shapes, the colors. It is so intriguing. However don't forget to look down. The flora, the dry floor and the animals!
Magical place, don't you think?
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