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Top free things to do in Uluru and surrounds

Uluru is known as the spiritual heart of Australia and is a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list. There are a variety of unique and once in a lifetime experiences available, but if you are a budget traveller or simply a traveller who is looking for a few extra activities to fill your days. There are plenty of free things to do when you visit Uluru and the surrounding region.

Bush food experience

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The Bush Food Experience is a 45 minute free tour that gives you the opportunity to learn about the local native foods. You will be able to taste seasonal seeds, fruits and spices. Your guide will explain how certain plants, fruits and spices were prepared for different purposes. This tour is a great introduction for learning about Australian and local native bush foods.

Bush Yarn

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Located in Yulara Town Square, the 30 minute Bush Yarn lets you hear stories about Aboriginal history, culture and traditional techniques used on the land. You’ll learn about bush tucker and view traditional hunting weapons such as spears and boomerangs.

Ecology and museum tour

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You will be escorted by an Aboriginal guide through the Wintjiri Musem, which provides an educational display highlighting Aboriginal culture, geology, flora and fauna. Learn about the Anangu land conservation and management practices, the history of Uluru and the development of tourism at Uluru.

Garden walk – Desert Gardens hotel

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This tour allows you to explore the gardens that surround the Desert Gardens Hotel filled with local flora. Your Aboriginal guide will teach you how Aboriginal people traditionally lived using the bush for various food and medicinal purposes. You can also pick up a Garden Walk Pocket Guide from your hotel reception and explore at your own leisure.

Mani Mani Indigenous cultural theatre

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Operating only on Wednesday and Sundays, the Mani-Mani Theatre Company offers a unique sounds, lights and 3D effects stage performance that will transport you to the ancient lands of Central Australia to see the story of Walawuru, Kakalyalya and Kaanka unravel. A unique performance that’s definitely worth viewing.

Walk around the base of Uluru

Although there is an entry fee into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park the value you get out of visiting the Park and being so close to Uluru is priceless.

Once inside the Park there are a number of walks and experiences that take you up close to explore this monolith. You could walk the track that takes you around Uluru, which is 10.6kms in distance. We recommend you start in the morning when the weather is cooler and remember to always carry enough water.

Walk to Mutijulu Waterhole

The walk to the Mutijulu Waterhole is a much shorter walk that takes you into the waterhole where you can spot a variety of birds. There is signage along the walk where you can read the Aboriginal stories of Liru and Kuniya and why it’s still such a special place for the local Anangu people. There are a number of other great walks around Uluru that allow you to explore the monolith up close.

Walpa Gorge

Only a 20 minute drive from Uluru and equally as impressive is Kata Tjuta, which means "many heads" in the local Pitjantjatjara language. The Walpa Gorge walk is an easy 2.6km return walk that takes you through the domes of Kata Tjuta. This is the shorter and more popular track which takes you to Walpa Gorge at the end.

Valley of the Winds walk

Get away from the crowds and explore the Valley of the Winds walk. This 7.4km track will take approximately 4 hours and will take you on a winding track through the domes into a valley and creek beds. It can be challenging in some sections but it’s worth the effort. There are a number of great lookouts along the way offering some breathtaking views to stop at and take that memorable picture. Please remember to wear appropriate footwear and always carry water with you.

Sunset viewing platform / Ayers Rock Resort look outs

The sunset viewing platform within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is one of the best places to enjoy sunset. Be sure to get there early as it can get quite busy. You’ll see the colours of Uluru change from a bright ochre to a deep purple as the sun sets, it’s truly an unforgettable experience and one you need to see to believe.

There are also a number of look outs located around Ayers Rock Resort. You can pick up a map from the reception of your hotel.

Kings Canyon rim walk

While visiting Uluru don't miss the opportunity to visit Kings Canyon which is only a three hour drive. Climb the iconic hike to the top of Kings Canyon, which will take you on a 6km journey with some of the most incredible views. Stand at the top of Kings Canyon and be left in awe by the sheer size of the canyon and the geological formations along the trail. The hike will take approximately three hours at a leisurely pace. There are a number of great photo opportunities along the way. Make sure to wear proper hiking shoes and always carry enough water with you. It’s recommended that you wake up early to complete the walk in the early morning when it’s cooler. Free WiFi is available to upload your snaps to social media.

Kings Creek walk

For a gentler hike embark on the Kings Creek walk. This 2.6 km follows a trail between two soaring canyons. You are still treated to spectacular views of the canyon and the sheer cliff face. Free WiFi is available.

Kings Canyon sunset viewing platform

Located at the Kings Canyon Resort the sunset viewing platform is an ideal spot to unwind after a long day and enjoy a sunset drink at the outdoor bar. Sit back and unwind while watching the colours of Kings Canyon change during an unforgettable sunset. Free WiFi is available.

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