Explore the mud-brick huts and ancient Tjukurpa Tunnel of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, where exhibitions offer insight into the history of Uluru and its importance to the Anangu people. Browse the artworks on display at the Walkatjara Art Gallery; admire ancient tools, pottery, and artifacts at the Maruku Gallery; or dive deeper into Uluru’s cultural heritage on an Anangu-led tour.
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Things to know before you go
- The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a popular inclusion on tours of Uluru and the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
- Most visits are self-guided and you can spend as long as you like inside.
- The Ininti Café serves lunch and refreshments; there are also restrooms, picnic areas, and a gift shop on-site.
- The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to get there
Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, just southwest of Uluru. Most tours and independent visits set out from the Ayers Rock Resort in Yulara, 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of Uluru or about a 20-minute drive. There is no public transport directly to the Cultural Centre, so it’s best to join a tour if you don’t have your own transport.
When to get there
The Cultural Centre is open daily during national park opening hours. Many travelers opt to visit after a sunrise viewing of Uluru or before a sunset viewing, meaning that the center is busiest in the early morning and late afternoon; visit in the middle of the day to avoid the crowds.
Visiting Ayers Rock (Uluru)
Exploring the Cultural Centre is a popular inclusion on tours of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, but the star attraction is of course, the mighty Uluru. Arrive early to watch the sunrise, then follow the Uluru Base Walk for a close-up view of the rock, stopping along the way to visit Mutitjulu Waterhole and admire the ancient Aboriginal rock art. Other popular activities include camel rides at the foot of Uluru, helicopter rides over the rock, and sunset viewings, followed by a traditional Aussie-style barbecue in the desert.