Cave Hill Aboriginal Cultural Experience from Ayers Rock image
Journey into the Aboriginal creation stories of the Anangu – the indigenous people of Cave Hill – on a day tour from Ayers Rock. See the creation story of the Seven Sisters, told through the ancient rock art of Cave Hill, one of Central Australia’s most significant Aboriginal rock-art sites. Hear stories handed down by elders over the generations, and take a unique look through the eyes of the indigenous people into their history and culture. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is limited to just 11 participants, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group atmosphere with your guide.
Itinerary
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Pass By: Ayers Rock Resort, 170 Yulara Dr, Yulara NT 0872, Australia

Start your 200km journey down into the Pitjantjatjara Lands of central Australia for a cultural immersion experience exploring the Aboriginal songlines (stories) of the creation ancestors. Along the journey the guide will give provide you with a more indepth understanding of the culture and the local Anangu people.

Stop At: Mount Conner, Petermann, Northern Territory Australia

Along the journey to Cave Hill you will drive past Mt Conner. From the Lasseter Highway down to Cave Hill you will be travelling on red dirt roads keeping your eyes peeled on the roadside for kangaroos, camels, cows, lizards and birds.

On arrival we will be greeted by our Anangu host. The Anangu are the traditional owners of Cave Hill, where the Seven Sisters Tjukurpa (Creation Stories) takes place. They are responsible for maintaining this chapter of the Songline lying within the boundaries of their traditional homeland – a story that has been maintained since the beginning of time.

The highlight of the tour is the magnificent cave paintings - possibly the most significant art site in Central Australia. The drama of the Seven Sisters creation story is graphically illustrated on the ceiling of the cave. Climb to the top of Cave Hill to admire a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, including Uluru 100kms away, Mt Conner and the imposing Musgrave Ranges.

Note: This itinerary can change at late notice due to cultural reasons, weather conditions or other conditions beyond our control.

The tour can not guarantee return time to meet any other tours booked including resort dinner tour.

Aboriginal Hosts are traditional people with strong cultural obligations. When cultural events occur an Aboriginal Host may not be available and this is beyond the control of SEIT Outback Australia.

Touring not suitable for infants under 5 years of age

Duration: 4 hours

California Tourist 2017-12-23

Great experience with SEIT tour guide, Emily. She was fantastic - she provided history and then some. Thankfully she was there as the native tribesman did not show up. Hope they are all right and not because they went on a grocery run. Other than that, even though pricey, seeing the cave and surroundings was great and again our tour guide was awesome!

Shirley G 2014-10-04

This day trip was a highlight of the time we spent in Central Australia. Coming face to face with art work that dates back 22,000 was incredibly humbling. The trip does as it says, and takes you deep into the desert, so be prepared for 3 hours of travel each way, with a significant amount on corrugated dirt road, but the trip is worth every bump! It's part of the experience :).

We were privileged to have an indigenous host explain the story associated with Cave Hill, which added to the whole and Luke our driver/guide handled everything easily and . A very rewarding day.

Janice M 2013-04-07

My husband and I traveled with our 12 years old twin boys, we found the tour very long as it took us away from Ayers Rock. 3 hours each way to Cave Hill and most on unpaved roads. Seeing the outback by AWD was interesting as we watched for wildlife, only to see a pack of Dingos, and a Thorny lizard. Our guides were very good and interesting with the knowledge of the area and the Aboriginal culture. After arriving at Cave Hill we were told the Aboriginal guide was not arriving (we found out talking to others this indeed this is the case that they are often late and don't arrive)The highlight of the tour would of been if we heard directly from an Aboriginal native. Once at Cave Hill we had a steak sandwich lunch over the fire. The flies were very thick and down right unbearable, even applied some locally made fly away. My boys sat in the van while eating their lunch. With taking so much of the day, we were unable to day a sunrise or sunset tour of Ayers Rock. Be advised that even if this is an Aboriginal culture tour an Aboriginal guide may not even arrive. If your time is very limited in Ayers Rock this tour may be for right for your agenda.

Inclusions

  • Travel by 4WD
  • Local and indigenous guides
  • Morning tea and picnic lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 1 bottle water and refill
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Conner

Features

  • All entrance fees included
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour

Terms & Conditions

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • The itinerary is subject to change due to cultural, weather or other conditions beyond our control.
  • Please advise of any particular dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Aboriginal Hosts are traditional people with strong cultural obligations. When cultural events occur an Aboriginal Host may not be available and this is beyond the control of SEIT Outback Australia.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund