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Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia. Author Corey Leopold. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia. Author Corey Leopold

Ayers Rock (Uluru): the symbol of wild Australia

In the heart of what is called the Red Centre of Australia is the one who, together with kangaroos, is the symbol of the country: the huge rocky monolith of Ayers Rock, which the Aborigines call Uluru in their own language. Uluru is one of the most visited places in Australia, a unique place in the world, a wild Australia with its cargo of spirituality and mysticism, and where wild nature is the absolute protagonist. Here in this area, there are many places sacred to Aboriginal Australians and Uluru is probably the most sacred of all.

The huge sandstone monolith of Ayers Rock is one of the symbols of the Australian desert and is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Australia, this natural structure is located over 400 km south- west of Alice Springs.

Ayers Rock is in size among the largest monolith in the world, its structure, which rises from the surrounding plains to a height of 348 meters and has a circumference of about 8 km, reaches 863 meters in height. The rock formation is sacred to the Aborigines and his climb is not recommended to not offend the religious beliefs of Aboriginal people.

A trail makes the periplus of the monolith allowing the visit of caves and caverns that hold aboriginal cave paintings. Ayers Rock at sunset is spectacular when in a few tens of minutes its color ranges in all shades of orange and red, to watch the sunset there are several vantage points where you can stop.

The monolith is protected in the National Park Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park), the park is part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The area of the national park also includes the spectacular Mount Olga, another impressive geological formation that characterizes the central desert of Australia.

The town of Yulara (Ayers Rock) is located a few kilometers from Uluru, and is the only place where you can find accommodation and some hotels.

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