Rock art

There are many outstanding examples of historic Aboriginal rock art around Uluru. Rock art is an important historic and scientific record of human occupation of the region. You can view rock art in several rock shelters along the Mala Walk and Kuniya Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Traditionally we made paint from natural minerals, mixed with water or sometimes animal fat. Colours most commonly used were red, yellow, orange, white, grey and black.

Rock paintings around Uluru can be easily damaged. Natural elements like water, rock minerals and lichens make them fade or flake off. Art sites can also be damaged when people touch the artwork or graffiti the sites. Help us to look after Uluru’s rock art by photographing the works, rather than touching them.

  • Symbols

    These are some of the symbols you may see in our rock art and their meanings. They have been passed down generation to generation for thousands of years. We still use these symbols in our modern artwork today.

    • A circle

      A circle represents a place like a waterhole or a camping place.

    • A ‘u’ shape

      This means a person - a person sitting in the sand will make a ‘u’ shape with their bodies.

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