Walk across Uluru and Kuniya to enjoy the astonishing beauty of Mutitjulu Waterhole
Sep 18, 2019 08:07
The Ayres Rock at Australia’s Red Centre assures an iconic experience that no tourist should miss. You can either travel alone or in a group and choose from several tour packages named The Ayres Rock Tours that include Ayres Rock base walk that allows you to circumnavigate the perimeter of 10.6 kilometres that can take about 31/2 hours to complete.
It comprises of a full trek along the base of Uluru that begins at sunrise and as you progress you enjoy not only the natural beauty of the rocks but also get the rare opportunity of exploring the geology and the environment while getting a taste of the culture that is the essence of the gigantic monolith.
Self-guided adventure on two wheels
If walking is not to your liking, you should not lose the opportunity to explore the marvels of Uluru because there is some other option available. Bicycles are available on hire, and you can pedal your way around Uluru for about 15 kilometres to enjoy the scenic beauty of the arid lands that can become an experience of a lifetime. Embark on a self-guided adventure on two wheels to criss-cross the terrain and reach nearest to the rock surface. You can find a shop for hiring bicycles located just outside the Culture Centre. During extreme temperatures, sections of the Uluru base walk remains closed, but still, you can enjoy shorter rides on those days.
Have a picnic breakfast
As you start your walk along the Uluru base, the sun would creep up from behind the rock, and you could feel that it is time for breakfast. As the experience of a few hours ago of the beautiful sight of the rising sun keeps lingering in your memory, stop along the trail and get ready for picnic breakfast with the other members of the tour party. Many tour organizers provide outback picnic breakfast satchel together with tea or coffee.
Visit the Mutitjulu Waterhole and rock art sites
Mutitjulu Waterhole is one of the few permanent water sources in and around Uluru where you can sit quietly to hear the murmur of wind and the sounds of time that takes you back many hundred years. To reach the waterhole, you must choose the short one-kilometre Kuniya walk that commences from the Kuniya car park and terminates at the Mutitjulu Waterhole. This is one of the few places in the park where you witness vegetation like river red gum trees and wallabies among tall grasses. You will also come across bush tomatoes (tjantu), figs (ili) and bush plums (arnguli) which are part of the family of bush foods.
The walk will take you through the cultural landscape of the place that abounds in creation stories like the dramatic and deadly battle between Kuniya the python woman and the poisonous brown snake man Liru. Walking across Kuniya, you will come to realize how Uluru holds it the attraction of telling creation stories that have deep cultural roots.
The rainy season is a great time to be at Kuniya as the magnificent waterfalls come alive.
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