Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, with a fascinating Indigenous history and an incredible natural landscape. Surrounding it, there are several watering holes, including the Mutitjulu Waterhole.
This adds to the rich display of breath-taking scenery in the region, from jutting ancient monoliths to valleys, peaks, and picturesque trails. Mutitjulu is one of the few landmarks in the area that goes relatively unvisited, but it is well worth stopping by if you’re in the area. The unusually shaped hole at the base of Uluru provides a thirst-quenching spot for thirsty animals, and it is also home to an Aboriginal community of more than 300 people.
For these people, Uluru, Mutitjulu and the surrounding landmarks of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are sacred places that have been the home of important traditions for centuries. They speak a number of age-old languages, including Pitjantjatjara, Luritja, and Yangkunytjatjara.
What to Do at the Mutitjulu Waterhole
The scenery of Mutitjulu and around it is home to a number of things that visitors can get stuck into, whether you’re looking for an adventurous pursuit or something that will help you uncover the cultural wonders of the region.
Explore the Ancient Rock Art
The Aboriginal people who live around Mutitjulu have resided there for thousands of years. As a result, there are several spots where you can view rock art from centuries ago. These paintings depict the life and times of the tribes, and you can dig deeper into their traditions and spiritual beliefs through them. As well as exploring the selection of etchings yourself, you can head to the Cultural Centre, where you can discover real-life stories from some of the people who have been a part of the landscape for millennia.
Take a Walk
The scenery surrounding Mutitjulu is a haven for outdoor lovers. As well as exploring the waterhole itself and the rest of the base of Uluru, you can traverse one of the many trails that weave through the landscape. Outback trails take you through desert scenery, where you can pick your way through creeks that have been carved over many years, revel in the beauty of the King’s Canyon, and see some of the lesser-known watering holes that are dotted around Mutitjulu.
Exploring this part of Australia is an incredible experience. Not only do you get to experience some of the country’s oldest and most sacred landscapes, but you can learn all about the rich history that imbues the major landmarks in the area, too.