Location and Values: The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is located in the southwest corner of Australia’s Northern Territory, about 450km from Alice Springs. It lies in the red heart of the Australian outback, and includes the world-famous Uluru (Ayers Rock) and equally impressive neighbor, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). These gigantic monoliths – eroded sandstone domes punctuating the monotony of the vast sandy plains – can only be fully appreciated for their immensity, grandeur, colour, and texture through direct experience of the place. It is no wonder the traditional owners of the site, the Anangu aboriginal peoples, hold it in such reverence and protect its sacred places with such pride.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s Conservation Outlook Assessment (2017) the conservation status of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that ‘the site’s World Heritage values are in good condition, likely to be maintained and indicators are that the protection and conservation of the site are highly effective. The site is very well managed through a combination of traditional and scientific knowledge under a Board of Management comprising a majority Traditional Owners, the Director of National Parks and two experts. Park management programs are all guided by Tjukurpa (traditional law). The key threats to the site: wildfire, feral animals (camels, fox and rabbits), weeds and invasive exotic species (especially buffel grass) are a threat to the sites’ biodiversity values rather than a threat to its World Heritage values. These threats are all well recognized and prioritised in the Plan of Management. ’
UNESCO Official Website
IUCN Conservation Outlook
UNEP-WCMC Site Description