Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Circuit

20 min to 40 min
20 min to 45 min

1.4 km
circuit

↑ 7 m
↓ -7 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park of Talinguru Nyakunytjaku, Petermann, this walk gives you a tour of the sand dune via the Minymanku and Watiku walks, visiting a couple of viewing platforms along the way. Learn about the culture and the daily tasks of the Aboriginal people such as crafting tools, using fire, food processing and children’s games. Uluru and Kata Tjuta look iconically beautiful from this sand dune, especially at sunrise. That’s why it’s quite crowded during that time frame and surprisingly secluded at sunset. You’ll get great shots regardless of the time as the viewing platforms provide you 360 degree views all around the dry land. Both the platforms and the circuit are wheelchair accessible. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen to have a more comfortable experience. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-25.3698789,131.061741)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Stuart Highway, 87
  • Turn on to Lasseter Highway, A4 then drive for 252.6 km
  • Continue and drive for another 8 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 and drive for another 3.8 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 and drive for another 210 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 10 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 80 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the middle of the western car park, head towards the sealed walking track which has the little white poles serving as a bollard/barrier. Pass between them and head along the said track as you move diagonally away from the car park. Pass by a signpost that says “Welcome to...” to your left. 210 metres in (from the start), keep left at the 3-way intersection. Turn right at the next intersection and head towards the viewing platform to continue along the Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Circuit(clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Minymaku and Watiku Walk.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Minymaku and Watiku Walk.
After another 30 m pass the toilet (90 m on your right).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Minymaku and Watiku Walk & Watiku Walk) continue straight, to head along Minymaku and Watiku Walk.
The starting point of an alternate route. An alternate route skipping the viewing platform in the middle. To take the alternate route continue straight here. Details below.
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Minymaku and Watiku Walk & Minymaku Walk) turn right, to head along Minymaku and Watiku Walk.
After another 40 m to find the water tap.
After another 10 m turn left.
After another 20 m pass the shelter (9 m on your left).
After another 25 m come to the "Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Sunrise Viewpoint" (20 m on your right).
The alternate route finishes here. Veer left to rejoin the main route at the 490 m waypoint. Details below.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Watiku Walk & Minymaku and Watiku Walk) turn right, to head along Watiku Walk.
After another 160 m pass the water tap (6 m on your right).
Then pass the shelter (6 m on your right).
After another 195 m pass the water tap (10 m on your left).
After another 35 m come to the "Watiku platform" (5 m on your right).
After another 90 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Watiku Walk.
The starting point of an alternate access track. An alternate access point from/to the eastern car park. Details below.
After another 40 m veer right, to head along Watiku Walk.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Minymaku and Watiku Walk & Watiku Walk) turn left, to head along Minymaku and Watiku Walk.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Minymaku and Watiku Walk.
After another 90 m pass the car park (9 m on your left).
The end.

An alternate route skipping the viewing platform in the middle.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Minymaku and Watiku Walk & Minymaku Walk Start heading along Minymaku Walk (a footpath).
After 115 m pass the water tap (10 m on your right).
After another 85 m come to the end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

An alternate access point from/to the eastern car park.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 10 m continue straight.
After another 10 m come to a car park.
The end.
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Terrain
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Talinguru Nyakunytjaku Circuit


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 1.4 km
Time 20 min to 40 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 470 m apart with the largest gap of 800 m.

Toilet: There is one 150 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
150 m[toilet]
Shelter
360 m[shelter]
Shelter
620 m[shelter]
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