Mutitjulu Waterhole discovering Ayers Rock’s hidden gems

Mutitjulu Waterhole discovering Ayers Rock’s hidden gems

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 09/01/2016

Reading time: 3 mins

Uluru may be in a vast desert, but there are secret waterholes waiting for you to visit!

Australia has many iconic sights and locations that make it one of the world’s most fascinating countries. From the Great Barrier Reef to Kangaroo Island, Australia is full of famous destinations, but none quite like our favourite. Uluru is one of the most overwhelming destinations in the world. And we mean overwhelming in the best way possible. Its rich, rust-coloured surface emits a powerful glow in the light of the sun that can be seen for miles.

Ayers Rock is one of the largest rocks 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.

Uluru’s name is in the local Indigenous language, Pitjantjatjara, spoken by the Anangu. Their connection to the land surrounding Uluru, and Uluru itself, is deep. Uluru is a sacred site, and plays an important role in the Tjukurpa, which underpins Anangu culture.

There is plenty to see and do around Uluru. Whichever walking trail you choose the massive formation will blow you away. Alternatively, head to one of the viewing areas to see the monolith in its entirety.


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. These waterholes have provided life-giving water to plants, animals and Indigenous people 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 significance to Anangu people and its captivating beauty.

The Mutitjulu Waterhole lies at the foot of the breathtaking folds of Uluru, and has a pool so calm and still that it looks like glass. The water surface clearly reflects the monumental sandstone walls behind it. From a small viewing area along a boardwalk you will be able to view this jaw-dropping scene. If you arrive early enough, the surroundings will be bathed in a red glow as the sun rises. The reflections create a picturesque display like no other.

The waterhole also hosts a series of rock paintings. They depict Indigenous stories and history, and reflect importance of this area to the Anangu People.

There is nowhere on earth quite like the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, with its mesmerising scenery and incredible wildlife. The Mutitijulu Waterhole offers no shortage of spectacular photographic opportunities, perfect for your collection of memories.

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.