Good tour guides make a great impression

Cultural heritage officer Craig Woods talks about the significance of rock art at Mutitjulu art site

We want visitors to leave Uluru with a deeper understanding of the history and culture of this special place - and tour guides play a huge role in this. Guides introduce visitors to Uluru’s ancestral beings like Kuniya and Liru who left marks in the face of Uluru as they fought. They know the best places to get stunning pics, and are a mine of information on what to see and do to make the most of your trip.

To make sure our tour guides have the right knowledge and skills we introduced Uluru’s accreditation for tour guides in 2009. Accredited guides learn the unique cultural history of the area, ensure visitors are safe and help to minimise environmental impacts on the park. The feedback from visitors has been excellent and last year we were awarded the Qantas Australia Tourism Award for Best Major Tourist Attraction.

The year’s first information session focused on rock art. Two tjilpi’s (senior Anangu men) and two wati’s (junior Anangu men) hosted the seassion, with two of the park’s natural heritage staff helping out. The guides were able to ask senior Anangu man Reggie Uluru questions and hear firsthand the meaning of motifs at the Mutitjulu art site.

Over 900 guides have completed the training since it became compulsory in 2011

Tour guides complete the training with Charles Darwin University and we keep them updated about the park via regular newsletters, information sessions and cultural days. The next session will focus on our mala (rufous hare wallaby) captive breeding program – and it’s already fully booked!

Kate, Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park