Art & culture at Uluru
Beyond the mighty rock formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon lies a landscape that has inspired art and story for thousands of years.
Journey into the spiritual heart of Australia and witness an ancient culture rich in art and history. Beyond the mighty rock formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon lies a landscape that has inspired art and story for thousands of years.
The Anangu people of Uluru have been the traditional custodians of this region for many generations. Their complex system of beliefs known as Tjukurpa (pronounced ‘chu-ka-pa’) encompasses religion, law and the relationship between people, plants, animals and the landscape.
Choose from a range of informative short walks around Uluru and Kata Tjuta that bring to life the ancient stories and sacred sites of the Anangu people. Take the Kuniya Walk and discover a rock shelter, used by the Mala people, containing remarkable examples of Aboriginal rock art.
Visit the award-winning Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, the perfect starting point for your journey into the Uluru landscape. Artwork, artefacts and videos explaining creation stories offer an introduction into Anangu culture.
Chat with local artists at the Maruku and Walkatjara galleries and see the important role art plays in indigenous culture. Public demonstrations of traditional techniques allow visitors to understand the symbols and meanings behind this internationally renowned art practice.
Travel north from Uluru and visit the Watarrka National Park, home to the Luritja people for 20,000 years. Explore Kings Canyon for spectacular views and lush waterholes or take a journey back in time with the informative displays along the Kathleen Springs and Kings Creek walks, home to important Aboriginal sites and Dreamtime stories.
On the drive from Uluru to Watarrka National Park you’ll encounter two symbols of the irrepressible pioneering spirit. The Kings Creek and Curtin Springs cattle stations have a rugged and interesting history going back to the early 1900s. Experience life on a working station and peer into a world of droughts and flooding rains.