Six ways to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with kids

Wintjiri Wiru The Rocks © Wintjiri Wiru

Wintjiri Wiru The Rocks © Wintjiri Wiru

At the heart of Australia lies Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a timeless sanctuary of rich Indigenous culture and spiritual wonder. Immerse families in the unique heritage and breathtaking beauty of this sacred Northern Territory landscape with these six unique ways to explore Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with kids

Science tells us that Uluru and Kata Tjuta emerged from the earth around 600 million years ago. However, I am more captivated by the creation stories of the Anangu, the custodians of this land. They believe they were shaped by ancestral spirits, including Kuniya, the woma python woman, and Liru, the venomous snake man, during Tjukurpa, the Dreamtime.  Whether you prefer the science, the stories, or a little of both, exploring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with kids will prove an extraordinary experience.

Rock around Uluru

Uluru Northern Territory

The mega star attraction is, of course, Uluru, the enormous, enigmatic rock that stands 348 metres tall and dominates the landscape with its 10-kilometre circumference.

There are several ways to experience Uluru with kids. Take a self-guided walk along the base for a closer look at the rock’s unique textures and ancient rock art sites. For a different perspective, join a guided walking tour led by rangers who can share the cultural significance of Uluru and the stories of Anangu people, the traditional owners of the land. For a unique experience,  Uluru camel tours allow you to travel across the desert plains at a more leisurely pace, taking in the vastness of the landscape surrounding Uluru on camel back.

Another option is to cycle around the base, offering a fun and healthy way to explore. Outback Cycling caters to families with kid bikes and options of bikes with baby and toddler seats. Whatever way you choose to tackle the sacred monolith, its ancient energy leaves visitors of all ages enthralled.

Answer the call of Kata Tjuta

Venture beyond Uluru to discover the enigmatic beauty of Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 dome-shaped ancient rocks. Sacred to the Anangu people, take a guided walk through the scenic Valley of the Winds, where ancient tales intertwine with extraordinary landscapes and the stunning flora and fauna of the region.

Watch Uluru light up

Field of Light Uluru

© Field of Light Uluru

As darkness falls, Uluru undergoes a mesmerising transformation with two captivating light shows. Field of Light Uluru is an awe-inspiring installation featuring over 50,000 luminous stem that sprout from the desert floor, changing colours throughout the night to create a breathtaking sea of light that blankets the desert in a magical glow.

Newer to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is  the just launched Wintjiri Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful view out to the horizon’ in the local Pitjantjatjara language, a fully immersive light and sound experience over Uluru. Anangu have one of the oldest living continuous cultures in the world and have been the custodians of this country and its many stories.  Here Anangu share a chapter of the ancient Mala story with more than 1,100 luminous choreographed drones, laser light technology, and projections, connecting earth and sky in an immersive experience.

Let Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park leave you starstruck

Embark on a celestial adventure with Outback Sky Journeys Astro Tours. This unique experience allows you to witness the breathtaking beauty of the southern hemisphere’s night sky, unpolluted by light and teeming with billions of twinkling stars. It’s an educational and awe-inspiring experience for the whole family. Outback Sky Journeys’ expert guides are passionate about astronomy and knowledgeable about the Aboriginal culture’s deep connection to the cosmos. They will teach you about the history of astronomy, sharing the stories and knowledge passed down by generations of Indigenous Australians who used the stars for navigation, marking seasons, and storytelling. This tour is perfect for families and will leave all ages with a deeper appreciation for traditional Anangu knowledge.

Dine out on Dreaming stories

Didgeridoo player at Uluru

Didgeridoo player at Uluru @ Aleney de Winter

Experience the magic of the outback over dinner. Ayers Rock Resort’s The Sounds of Silence dinner offers a unique opportunity for families with kids aged nine and over to dine under the outback stars while enjoying a gourmet meal inspired by native ingredients to a soulful didgeridoo soundtrack. After dinner, a star talker will decode the southern night sky, an enthralling and engaging experience for kids.

There’s also the magical fine dining Tali Wirru dinner overlooking Uluru and Kata Tjuta, but this one is for kids over 15 only, and you can read more about Tali Wirru here! If you prefer to keep things casual, the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku sunset viewing area is perfect for a family picnic with breathtaking views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Or dine in at the Ilkari Restaurant at Sails in the Desert at a family-friendly buffet featuring a variety of international and local dishes, allowing you to taste the flavours of the outback while enjoying the stories and culture of the Anangu.

Unleash your kids creativity in the outback 

Maruku Arts is a community-owned art centre that provides a unique opportunity to learn about Aboriginal art, symbols, and tools. Children can participate in workshops where they’ll be guided by Anangu artists in creating their own dot-work paintings. A fun and engaging way to learn about Anangu artistic traditions of, children will gain insights into the connection they have with the land and the stories they share through their art.

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