In the heart of what is called the Red Center of Australia lies what is, together with the kangaroos, the symbol of the country. The huge rocky monolith of Ayers Rock, which the Aborigines call in their language Uluru. Uluru is one of Australia’s most visited places, a unique place in the world. Here you can admire a wild Australia with its load of spirituality and mysticism, and where wild nature is the absolute protagonist. Here, in this territory, there are many places sacred to the Australian Aborigines and Uluru is probably the most sacred of all.
A HUGE SANDSTONE MONOLITE
The huge sandstone monolith of Ayers Rock is one of the symbols of the Australian desert. It is one of Australia’s most visited tourist attractions. This natural property is located over 400 km southwest of Alice Springs.
Ayers Rock (Uluru) is one of the largest monoliths in the world in size. Its structure which rises from the surrounding plain for a height of 348 meters and has a circumference of about 8 km. It reaches a height of 863 meters above sea level. The rock formation is sacred to the Aborigines and its ascent is prohibited in order not to upset the religious beliefs of the Aboriginal peoples.
A path completes the circumnavigation of the monolith allowing the visit of caves and caverns which preserve the cave paintings of the Aborigines. Ayers Rock (Uluru) is spectacular at sunset when in a few tens of minutes its color varies in all shades of orange and red. To admire the sunset there are several panoramic points where you can stop.
The monolith is protected within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park). The park is part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The national park area also includes the spectacular Mount Olga, another impressive geological formation that characterizes the desert center of Australia.
The city of Yulara (Ayers Rock) is located a few kilometers from Uluru, and is the only place where accommodation can be found. Campsites and some hotels are available.