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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published May 25th 2015
Stories in stone
Each day at Uluru, you can join in on a free ranger guided tour called the Mala Walk.

Mala Walk Uluru
Mala Walk Uluru (©paula mcmanus)

This was an incredible experience. And free too, which is just brilliant. Our guide, Vincent, is a local Aboriginal and was totally engaging. His narrative, his stories, his humour and his explanation of the Anangu history were totally engaging and mesmerising.

Mala Walk Uluru
Mala Walk Uluru (©paula mcmanus)

To say that I enjoyed this walk is an understatement and I would strongly recommend that anyone who visits Uluru do this tour and hear about the Aboriginals rites of passage, bush medicine and their stories - the ones they've passed down through the generations for the past 20,000 or so years.

Do this tour, I promise you that you will enjoy it. And I doubt that you'll ever forget it.

Mala Walk Uluru
Mala Walk Uluru (©paula mcmanus)

The walking track is shaded and flat. It's a relatively short walk - only 500 metres or so - there's more talking than walking so it's easy for everyone.

There are some wonderful examples of rock art to be seen along the way as well.

Mala is also the name of a tiny marsupial - the Mala, which features strongly in Aboriginal history. The Mala until recently, faced extinction in the wild. The species is listed as Vulnerable and the Anangu are incredibly proud that they have saved the species. The Mala have been reintroduced to the area and are living and breeding safely behind electric fences near Kings Canyon.

Mala Walk Uluru
Mala Walk Uluru (©paula mcmanus)

Uluru, Northern Territory

the Mala Walk is free. Park entry is $25 for a 3 day pass.

8am October to April
10am May to September

Suitable for:
Everyone. The walk is wheelchair and pram friendly.

Walk length:
About 500 metres, but allow 1 1/2 hours

Meeting point:
Meet at the base of the rock (at the entry point to the rock climb).

You must:
carry at leasy 1.5 litres of water while on the walk or you cannot join in with the group.

Remember to:
Wear a hat, good walking shoes and sunscreen.
Carry and drink at least 1 litre of water per hour.
Walk in the cooler parts of the day.
Stay on the track.

Some handy tips:
Take your camera!
Wear layers of clothing. The mornings are very cold (especially May to September)
Apply insect repellent or wear a fly net. The flies can be pesky.
Respect for the local Tjukurpa and Anangu people is requested by your choosing to walk around Uluru instead of climbing it.

Mala Walk Uluru
Mala Walk Uluru (©paula mcmanus)

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Why? Immerse yourself
When: everyday
Where: Uluru, Northern Territory
Cost: Free (National Park entry is $25 for a 3 day pass)
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Beautiful photos! I did the walk during Easter last year and it was amazing. Having a tour guide really helps you appreciate the culture.
by Krutas Rei (score: 1|42) 1694 days ago
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