Are There Any Dangerous Animals in Uluru?

Are There Any Dangerous Animals in Uluru?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/24/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Despite the harsh weather of the Red Centre, various animals still manage to cope and thrive in Uluru.


A wide array of Australian outback animals live in the heart of Australia, like snakes, spiders, lizards, and many more. There is a chance you could come across a few different wildlife while visiting Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.

Australia is renowned for its wildlife, including a few deadly ones roaming around the country. But yes, some dangerous animals call Uluru home. It’s important to remember that wildlife attacks on humans are rare.

Liru (poisonous snake)

Melga Snake

Liru is the Anangu term known for poisonous snakes, and yes, there are a few of those here in Uluru. There are eight different types of dangerous snakes, ranging from mildly venomous to one the most venomous in the world.

One notable example is the mulga or the king brown snake, which are some of the deadliest in the world. Of course, Australia has them! These snakes can grow to be as long as three metres, making it the second longest in the country! Even though it is deadly, they will only bite when disturbed, so it is best to keep your distance if coming across one.

The Kuniya and Liru story is about a battle near Mutitjulu Waterhole, between an ancestral brown snake and a woma python. This story is a vital creation narrative of Uluru and can be explored further on the Juniya walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole.


Dingoes are native wild dogs of Australia and are found around Uluru. While dingoes can sometimes be a threat to humans, there haven’t been a lot of dangerous encounters. It is still best to keep away from them, given their unpredictable nature as wild animals.

Red kangaroo

Spotting a red kangaroo is a must for travellers while in Australia. The red kangaroos are often described as beef and the largest kangaroos, being about 1.8 metres tall. If you happen to see a few, keep your distance as there have been reports of attacks when getting too close.

As you explore Uluru, it is important to be aware of the outback animals you may encounter. Keep an eye out and try to keep a distance from wildlife. These animals will keep to themselves and generally pose no threats unless provoked.

As you are visiting Uluru, don’t forget to enjoy exploring this incredible part of the country. Book a sunrise tour and enjoy the stunning scenery of the national park.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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