Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Watarrka National Parks are blessed with natural wonders, rare wildlife and desert landscapes blanketed in exotic plants and trees. And as for the birds, well, let's just say that these parks are 'twitching' with feathered friends.
See and do in Uluru
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, incorporating the famous rock formations formerly known as Ayer's Rock and The Olgas, is one of only a few areas given World Heritage listing for both natural and cultural values.
Rise at dawn for a spectacle of colour as Uluru changes hue, rising from the spinifex like a phoenix of rock. Embark on a walking trail and discover the little known waterholes and wildlife habitats that line this famous monolith.
Visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre for information about a range of activities, and gain an insight into Tjukurpa, the creation stories and laws of the Anangu people. Experience a walking tour with indigenous guides and learn about bush foods, traditional hunting techniques and Anangu rock art.
Watarrka National Park is an important conservation area with its mighty gorges and rock holes home to over 600 plant species and many native animals. Short walking trails wind through Kings Canyon and on via the overnight Giles Track to the picturesque Kathleen Springs.
The Kings Creek Walk is a leisurely stroll taking in the towering cliffs of Kings Canyon and the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife of the 'Garden of Eden'. While you're there, keep an ear out for the high-pitched coo of a spinifex pigeon.
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For guided tours with Park Rangers, try out the Territory Parks Alive Program and receive expert information on the region's culture, history and wildlife. A King's Canyon tour in the Watarrka National Park operates twice weekly until late September.
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National parks in Uluru and Surrounds
Pinch yourself when you finally stand in front of Uluru, Australia's most recognisable natural icon and culturally significant for the Anangu people.
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Hike to the canyon rim, walk through the scenic desert surrounds, or stroll along the boulder-strewn valley floor beneath imposing sandstone walls.
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