Mutitjulu Waterhole discovering Ayers Rock’s hidden gems

Australia has many iconic sights and locations that make it one of the world’s most fascinating countries from the great barrier reef in the east to the islands in the south, but while the country is full of these famous destinations, there are none quite as world-renowned as Ayers Rock. The beauty of Ayers Rock is evident from miles around as its rich, rust-coloured earth emits a powerful glow in the light of the sun.

Ayers Rock is the largest rock on earth, towering above the dusty landscape around it, this majestic rock rises 348m up and has a total circumference of 9.4km. It can be found in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory and has a rich history with the indigenous people of Australia just as the name of the park indicates in the native language of Pitjantjatjara. There is much to see and do around Ayers Rock, and you’ll be able to take one of the many walking trails in the area to view this spectacular boulder and its surroundings on an immersive nature walk.

While many people see the rock as a large, red sandstone boulder that stands magnificently above the arid landscape that surrounds it, what many people don’t realise is that the rock is actually surrounded by several waterholes which have provided life-giving water to plants, animals and the aboriginal people of the area for thousands of years. Among these watering holes, the Mutitjulu Waterhole can be found, this is possibly the most interesting of all these oases because of its immense significance to the Aboriginal people and it’s captivating beauty.

The Mutitjulu Waterhole lies at the foot of the breathtaking folds of Ayers Rock, and has a pool so calm and still that it looks like glass, clearly reflecting the monumental sandstone walls behind it. From a small viewing area along a boardwalk you will be able to view this jaw-dropping scene, and if you arrive early enough, the surroundings will be bathed in a red glow as the sun Mutitjulu Waterhole walking tracks rises, creating a picturesque display like no other. What’s more is that this watering hole also has a few rock paintings that date back thousands of years and showcase the importance of this place in particular to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu People.

There is nowhere on earth quite like the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with its mesmerising scenery, incredible wildlife and of course, the world’s largest rock, there is no shortage of spectacular photographic opportunities.

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