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Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
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Owner description: Learn about the history and legend of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park by exploring its Aboriginal culture.
Brisbane Region, Australia
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“Good background information”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

This centre is in the national park, so most people visit while on a tour. There's no entry fee. It provides a good background to the traditional owners and their culture, with some of the stories from Uluru told in good displays. There's also an souvenir shop and art gallery and a cafe. Very much worth a visit if you want to learn more about the the local people and their culture.

Visited June 2014
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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“Okay”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

I thought there would be more at the centre itself. Wood carving shop was excellent , prices seemed high. Gift shop and paintings for sale. Free entry

Visited May 2014
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Breckenridge, Colorado
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“Nice centre but still never saw an Aboriginal!”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

This was a place to provide you a ton of history, purchase aboriginal art and crafts, view a movie of the history between the Aboriginals and European Aussies, and a lot of information about how the Aboriginals live now. BUT I never saw a single actual aboriginal! Wouldn't they work there or display their crafts or something?

Visited May 2014
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ParksAustralia, Digital engagement manager, Parks Australia at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
We’re glad you enjoyed visiting the Cultural Centre and learning about Anangu. Indigenous It’s a shame you didn’t get to meet any of the locals! Aboriginal people in Yulara work in a wide variety of different industries – they . Indigenous people work in many different areas of the park, and many of the community are employed in tourism roles at the resort. Regards, Tanya
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Montreal, Canada
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“Alright not great”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

Thought it could have been better, but at the same time I dont know what you can add more. Its a place you'll want to go just to pass time between the Sunrise and Sunset and learn a little more about the Aborigines culture!

Visited May 2014
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ParksAustralia, Digital engagement manager, Parks Australia at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, responded to this review, July 13, 2014
Our Cultural Centre was designed in 1995. Today we are looking at a major upgrade of the centre, developing more interactive displays for our visitors. If you have any other suggestions of what you’d like to see we’d be happy to hear from you. You can email us at parksonlinefeedback@environment.gov.au. Regards, Tanya
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Gladesville, Australia
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“Learning about the Anangu tribe & their ancient ways”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

This cultural centre is not a museum but a place to learn about the Anangu tribe who are the traditional owners of the area.

The building was constructed as a free-form structure. Architecturally, this means a building that is not geometrically square, with square rooms & straight passageways. The cultural centre is designed in the shape of two serpent snakes, Liru & Kuniya fighting each other creating the big red rock Uluru in the process of the battle, so in a way, the cultural centre is basically Uluru but in a building form. The base material is of the local red Earth turned into mud bricks which has a superior insulation factor keeping the inside relatively cool at low cost.

Inside, the centre is divided into two areas, The Tjukurpa display area is mostly about Anangu art, laws & explanations on their culture. The soundscape near the entry plays some sort of Aboriginal chanting with a didgeridoo & clapping stick, it was no African harmonic but it sounded hypnotic & unusual. It reminded me that these people had been walking around Australia for the last 60,000 years, camping & hunting the same way until as recently as 100 years ago before white man almost wiped them out. Today their culture is pretty much destroyed, most of the Anangu descendants live off in an isolated community that is off-limits to tourists & who receive income from the resort’s profits, it’s great to know my expensive boiled egg is going towards the Anangu.

The Nintiringkupai room looks like a high school project display area. There are photo collages, oral history sound panels & interactive displays. The park rangers joint manage this room & provide information sheets on local plants & animals to help tourists identify local wildlife. There is a wall with a plea to visitors not to climb the rock & their reasons for it but it seems like a half-hearted attempt than any real concerted campaign. There is also an folder containing letters from tourists from within Australia & around the world who have written to the Anangu apologising for taking a piece of rock from Uluru as souvenirs as they have experienced bad luck since, there is a pile of returned rocks underneath which is where the curse of Uluru can be seen for yourself.

I learnt here that Aboriginal art is expensive. A wooden carving of a lizard cost $50! It couldn’t even transform into a robot, it was just a carving! Paintings on canvas went up to thousands of dollars. There were some very cool things like hand-crafted hunting spears & throwing sticks, really good for doomsday prepers & survivalists but again they were not cheap, in the end I bought a postcard.

Visited June 2013
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