Uluru, also referred to as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the
southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi)
south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 km (280 mi) by road. Kata
Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park.
Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people
of the area. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru
is listed as a World Heritage Site.
Welcome to Uluru!
“You can’t go climb on top of the Vatican, you can’t go climb on top of the Buddhist
temples and so on and so forth.”
Those are the words of Vince Forrester an Aboriginal leader from the Mutitjulu township
in central Australia.
He was responding to questions about the proposed ban on people climbing Uluru, formally
called Ayers Rock.
Uluru is a sacred site and features in the Aboriginal belief of creation.
The rock was given back to the Aboriginals in 1985 but remains a huge tourist attraction
with over 350,000 visitors each year.
Almost a third climb the rock as a challenge and to view the surrounding scenery
from the 348 metre high peak.
The easiest way to get into the park is to drive, catch a bus or join a tour from
Alice Springs. You can also fly from most capital cities to Ayers Rock Airport (Yulara),
which is located just outside the park. Contact your travel agent for more details.
Car hire is available from the airport and is best arranged through your travel agent
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is open all year round. The park closes at night and
5.00 am - 9.00 pm during December, January, February
5.30 am - 8.30 pm during March
6.00 am - 8.00 pm during April
6.00 am - 7.30 pm during May
6.30 am - 7.30 pm during June, July
6.00 am - 7.30 pm during August
5.30 am - 7.30 pm during September
5.00 am - 8.00 pm during October
5.00 am - 8.00 pm during November
Park administration is open 8.00 am - 4.30 pm daily.
Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru, is a huge rock formation, made up of sandstone and
is located in the southern part of Northern Territory, central Australia. Uluru is
said to be a sacred place for the Aboriginals living in Australia. The rocky formation
mountain has many water holes, caves, natural springs and old historic paintings.
The site is a part of UNESCO and is listed in the World Heritage Site.
The word Uluru has no meaning. It was in the year 1873, when the new name was given
to Uluru and now it is also called Ayers Rock. This name was to given to the rock
as an honor to The Chief Secretary, Sir Henry Ayers. During the year 1993, a new
policy was created, where both the names could be made official and thus making both
the Aboriginals and the Australians happy.
The Ayers Rock is said to be the greatest monolith with 9 km in circumference and
has a height of 348 m. It is very interesting to know that more than two-third of
the rock is within the ground. The sun can shiftsand change the colors of Ayers Rock.
The colors range right from red to blue, pink, brown and silver during the rain.
It can be exciting walking up the rock and all you have to do is just keep following
the marked lines.