The beauty of Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is unmatched, and a stop here is an incredibly special travel experience the likes of which you could only have in the Australian Outback, which makes the extra expense worthwhile. You get to see mind-blowing desert sunsets, incredible natural wonders–from stunning rock formations to elusive wildlife–and learn about the people that have called this place home for tens of thousands of years. It has truly been one of my favorite experiences in Australia. To risk sounding preachy: when visiting this special place, it’s important to remember that this area is more than the sum of its interesting rock formations. There’s important historical, cultural, and religious significance, and should be treated as such. Here are some things to keep in mind for your Uluṟu trip:
1// Be respectful. This is the most important rule, and really a good rule to employ when traveling anywhere. This land and these sites are owned by the Aṉangu (“AH-nah-noo”), one of the oldest living cultures in the world, and they generously allow visitors onto their land to see and experience their sacred sites. And as visitors, it is our job not make them regret it. Treat locals with respect, treat the land with respect, follow the rules, and be a good visitor.