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Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre

Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre

Uluru Tours | Ayers Rock Tours

The Red Centre is considered the spiritual heart of Australia, with incredible desert landscapes and iconic landmarks such as Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Mt Conner captivating countless visitors. The Anangu people of Uluru have been the traditional custodians of this ancient land for many generations, balancing the intricate relationship between people, plants, animals and the landscape. In fact, archaeological evidence shows Aboriginal people have lived in Central Australia for at least 30,000 years.

Small group tours across Uluru and the Red Centre provide access to several marsupial and bird species including Red Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and numerous raptors and bushbirds including Black Kites, Black Breasted Buzzards, Brown Falcons, Nankeen Kestrels, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Pied Butcherbirds, Mistletoebirds, Zebra Finches and Yellow-throated Minors. Reptiles are also abundant in warmer months with Thorny Devils, Sand Goannas, Central Netted Dragons, Long-nose Water Dragons and Blue-tongued Lizards commonly seen.

The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a sanctuary for 21 mammals, 73 reptiles and 178 birds with many of these animals being culturally significant, often being ancestral creatures. 

Uluru Tour Highlights/Ayers Rock Tour Highlights

Uluru is one of the world’s most iconic landscapes and is deeply sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu people. With a circumference of 9.4 kilometres (5.8 miles) and height of 348 metres, this amazing formation is higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Chrysler Building in New York, and boasts an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient rock paintings up to 5,000 years old. Uluru is composed of a type of rock called arkose (a type of sandstone characterized by an abundance of feldspar). You can walk around the entire base of Uluru on an Uluru walking tour.

Geologists believe the formation of Uluru began about 550 million years ago, when rainwater flowed down from surrounding mountains, eroding sand and dropping it in big fan shapes. Then 500 million years ago, this whole area became covered by the sea, with the weight of the seabed turning the ‘fans’ into rock. The sea subsided some 100 million years later and Uluru tilted  90 degrees due to tectonic activity. Since then erosion of softer rocks has occurred leaving the remarkable landscape we see today. Seeing the wildlife in addition to a sunset Uluru tour or sunrise Uluru tour is a truly unforgettable experience.

Kata Tjuta Tour Highlights

Just east of Uluru is a group of 36 large domed rock formations named Kata Tjuta. This remarkable landscape was formed in a similar manner to Uluru, except the fans were composed of conglomerate rocks of varying types including granite and basalt, rather than sand like Uluru. The highest dome of the group rises to an extraordinary 546 m (1,791 ft) above the surrounding plain, approximately the same height as new One World Trade Centre in New York.

A highlight on Kata Tjuta tours, is seeing the major canyons and valleys between the dome rocks is a result of major folding and faulting events and chemical weathering. The surrounding landscape is largely flat and undulating sandplains, dunes and mulga woodlands. Common Wallaroos, Dingos, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Nankeen Kestrels can be seen, whilst the mulgas provide habitat for Crested Pigeons, honeyeaters, Zebra Finches and Budgerigars. Similar to Uluru, you can also witness the beauty of this landscape with a a sunset Kata Tjuta tour or sunrise Kata Tjuta tour or Kata Tjuta walking tour.

Mt Conner Tour Highlights

Located on the privately owned Curtin Springs Station, Mt Conner is a horseshoe-shaped mesa reaching a height of 300 metres (984 feet). The sediments that formed this landmark were deposited in a shallow sea much earlier than those of Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the rock strata has not been subject to tilting as per the other two icons. The rocks have outcropping quartzite forming the top area, with two layers underneath consisting of different sandstones.

The rocky gorges support a population of Black-footed Rock Wallaby whilst surrounding mulga and spinifex plains provide habitat Red Kangaroos, Brown Falcons, Brown Goshawks, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Mulga Parrots and numerous reptiles including the iconic Thorny Devil. SEIT Outback Australia have special access to tour Mt Conner so you can experience the remarkable outback station lifestyle firsthand.

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    SEIT Outback Australia

    SEIT Outback Australia is a vibrant small group tour company based in the Red Centre of Australia, offering visitors unique, educational and immersive experiences in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Kathy and Brett Graham commenced the business in 2009, to realise their vision of sharing their passion for the environment, wildlife and culture of this spiritually and environmentally significant desert region, borne out of a combined 20 years' experience touring in the centre.

    The acronym SEIT stands for Spirit, Emotion, Intellect and Task, which perfectly describes the company&rsquo...

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