Having come to Yulara with great expectations, we quickly realized that what appeared on the map as a town turned out to be a tourist resort with inflated prices, most notably, the petrol at $2.17 per liter. As is recommended to every visitor, our first stop in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was the cultural center. These natural wonders are of extreme cultural significance to the aboriginal Anangu people. Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are part of coming of age ceremonies, the details of which are not openly shared by the Anangu people.
Our time spent absorbing the information provided in the cultural center drastically changed our perspective on visiting, or taking pictures of either Uluru or Kata Tjuta. We therefore chose to absorb the scenery from a few kilometers away, in the hopes of minimizing the invasive behaviour characteristic of millions visitors.