Back to nature
There is a lot to take in on any first-time visit to Uluru and your kids are sure to have lots to say. Astonished comments will tumble from their mouths: Uluru is even bigger than they expected, and they thought the surface was going to be smooth, and they didn’t think plants would be growing all around it – isn’t this supposed to be the desert? Your tour guide leads you around the base of Uluru, pausing in front of painted ochre diagrams on the wall of a cave. Hundreds of years ago, this cave was a classroom where men gave lessons to boys. Your kids whisper that it would be fun to have lessons in a cave, and you realise this is not just a tourist visit, but a spiritual and cultural experience for all of you.
Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park
■ The chance to find a peaceful place where your family can experience the spirit of Uluru alone.
Anangu people believe the landscape was created by ancestral beings who were part animal, part human. One of the most important is Mala Man (Mala is the Anangu name for the rufous hare-wallaby). Rufous hare-wallabies used to be abundant in this area, but became extinct in the 1950s. A small colony was reintroduced in 2005 and is breeding successfully – so watch out for them on your Mala Walk.
■ The Anangu people are the traditional owners of Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru and Kata Tjuta are sacred sites.
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