Later in the morning we returned for a walk around part of the base of the rock where the guide pointed out features of the landscape, Aboriginal rock art and related traditional stories of this special place.
Some people elected to climb the rock though this practice is no longer encouraged. Those who decided not to climb the rock were issued with a certificate commemorating the decision.
Uluru is a special place and it is impossible not to be affected by the presence of the rock itself standing alone in this sparse environment and also to understand its significance to the local community.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre was also visited before returning to the hotel. The cultural centre, as well as providing information about the national park and its significance to the local people, has displays about traditional culture including music, dance and art. Artworks and other items are available for sale.