22 Apr 2014

A royal couple returns to Uluru

9:45 pm on 22 April 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have visited Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, in Australia's Northern Territory 31 years after the landmark was last visited by newlywed royals.

Prince William and Catherine were given a hunting spear.

Prince William and Catherine were given a hunting spear. Photo: AFP

Prince William's parents Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, climbed Uluru in 1983 during their tour of Central Australia.

William and Catherine took part in a guided walk around the huge red rock after being given a welcome which included a traditional Indigenous dance performance on Tuesday, the ABC reports.

Traditional land owner Daisy Walkabout, who welcomed his parents three decades ago, was a part of the welcoming this afternoon.

"We're happy to meet them, like we were happy to meet (Charles and Diana) in the past," she said.

"They've travelled a lot and now they will come to see this country, and it will be good to know they have seen Uluru, which is so hugely significant not just for a small group of people but a whole range of people that are related and connected to this place."

The Duke and Duchess were given a traditional hunting spear as they arrived to present certificates to graduates of the National Indigenous Training Centre at Yulara.

They also received gum nut bracelets and a camel's hair beanie for their eight-month-old, Prince George.

The couple, who are taking part in this leg of the royal visit without George, earlier attended a reception hosted by Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles.

After the guided walk, Catherine and William would camp in luxury before leaving for Adelaide on Wednesday.