Uluru Base Circuit
Anangu Country

3 h to 4 h
3 h to 4 h 30 min

9.6 km
circuit

↑ 126 m
↓ -126 m

Easy track
Starting from Mala Car Park on Uluru Road, Petermann, this walk takes you on a circuit around the sandstone monolith Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), visiting multiple rock caves, ancient paintings and a waterhole along the way. This iconic walk lets you view the magnificent 500.000 year old rock formation from every angle whilst informing you about the rich history of the area. A sacred land to the Aboriginal Anangu People, this area holds great cultural importance. You can join guided tours and listen to some historic stories or read the informational signposts and learn about it yourself. The track is wheelchair friendly under dry conditions but has some steep sections as well. Bring plenty of water and a fly net to have a better experience. Come early in the morning and finish the walk before midday to avoid the extreme heat. Let us begin by acknowledging the Anangu people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-25.3432757,131.0211224)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Stuart Highway, 87
  • Turn on to Lasseter Highway, A4 then drive for 252.6 km
  • Continue and drive for another 8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 and drive for another 2.9 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Mala Car Park on Uluru Road, head towards the white informational signposts along the dirt path. Pass by the said signposts to your right and head along the sealed trail as you keep the rock formation to your right to continue along Uluru Base Circuit(clockwise). This is the recommended direction of travel.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is water tap (about 60 m back from the start).
Find the Mala carpark at the start.
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Lungkata Walk & Mala Walk) veer left, to head along Mala Walk (a walking track).
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Mala Walk.
After another 95 m pass the "Itjaritjatiku Yuu" (10 m on your right).
Veer right, to head along Mala Walk.
After another 85 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Mala Walk.
After another 8 m pass the "Kulpi Nyiinkaku" (25 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the "Kulpi Watiku" (9 m on your right).
After another 20 m veer right, to head along Mala Walk.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to the Kantju Gorge, passing by two caves along the way. May add around 20 minutes to your hike. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 140 m (at the intersection of Mala Walk & Base Walk) veer left, to head along Base Walk.
After another 135 m turn right, to head along Base Walk.
After another 520 m turn right, to head along Base Walk.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Base Walk.
After another 2.2 km pass the shelter (on your left).
After another 1 km continue straight, to head along Base Walk.
After another 380 m continue straight, to head along Base Walk.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Base Walk.
After another 100 m pass the shelter (on your left).
Then pass the water tap (6 m on your left).
At the intersection of Base Walk South & Base Walk turn right, to head along Base Walk South.
After another 530 m find a seat., has a backrest.
After another 790 m continue straight, to head along Base Walk South.
After another 155 m find a seat., has a backrest.
After another 6 m pass the shelter (5 m on your left).
Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 700 m pass the shelter (10 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you to the Mutitjulu Waterhole (Kapi Mutitjulu). To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip error >360 when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 6 m (at the intersection of Kuniya Walk & Base Walk South) turn left, to head along Lungkata Walk.
After another 35 m pass the "Kulpi Nyiinkaku" (15 m on your right).
After another 10 m turn left, to head along Lungkata Walk.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of Lungkata Walk & Kuniya Walk) turn right, to head along Lungkata Walk.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 370 m head through the bollard.
After another 1 m veer right, to head along Lungkata Walk.
After another 145 m head through the bollard.
After another 540 m continue straight, to head along Lungkata Walk.
After another 990 m (at the intersection of Lungkata Walk & Punu Walk) continue straight, to head along Lungkata Walk.
After another 40 m come to the end.

This little side trip takes you to the Mutitjulu Waterhole (Kapi Mutitjulu).
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kuniya Walk & Base Walk South Start heading along Kuniya Walk (a walking track).
After 65 m pass the "Kulpi Mutitjulu" (40 m on your left).
Veer right, to head along Kuniya Walk.
After another 85 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 80 m cross the bridge
About 30 m past the end is "Mutitjulu Waterhole (Kapi Mutitjulu).".
Mutitjulu Waterhole (Kapi Mutitjulu).
Mutitjulu Waterhole (Kapi Mutitjulu).

This lush and shady waterhole is permanent and home to many animals such as wallabies. The Dalai Lama and the British Royals are amongst the well-known people that visitied this little place of peace. Experience it yourself as you listen to the birdsong and water.
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This lush and shady waterhole is permanent and home to many animals such as wallabies. The Dalai Lama and the British Royals are amongst the well-known people that visitied this little place of peace. Experience it yourself as you listen to the birdsong and water.

Continue another 0 m to find Kapi Mutitjulu (Mutitjulu Waterhole) at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 225 m to the main route.

This optional side trip takes you to the Kantju Gorge, passing by two caves along the way. May add around 20 minutes to your hike.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Base Walk & Mala Walk Start heading along Mala Walk (a walking track).
After 80 m pass the "Kulpi Minymaku" (10 m on your right).
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 25 m long)
After another 125 m pass the "Tjilpi Pampa Kulpi" (10 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
After another 160 m cross the bridge
After another 55 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 460 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Uluru Base Circuit


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 9.6 km
Time 3 h to 4 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 4 on route, on average they are 1.9 km apart with the largest gap of 3.6 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 3.2 km apart with the largest gap of 5.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
3.6 km[shelter]
Shelter
5.2 km[shelter]
Shelter
6.7 km[shelter]
Shelter
7.4 km[shelter]
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