One of the most breathtaking places on the planet is also Australia’s iconic landmarks, which has a spiritual and cultural significance for Aboriginal people.
The iconic Uluru/Ayers Rock is one of the world’s largest massive sandstone monolith and one of the oldest rocks existing today. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is located within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia, and is 335 Km south west of Alice Springs, the nearest large town.
Formed over some 600 million years, Uluru/Ayers Rock with its unusual oval shape, is sacred to indigenous Australians. The archaeological site, rises 348 meters above the flat desert, with a circumference of 9.4 kilometers. In a mystical way, it changes colour, from glowing red at sunset and at dawn, through orange and purple.
In 1873, English explorer William Gosse named it after the South Australian Premier at the time, Sir Henry Ayers. Ayers Rock after Sir Henry Ayers. However, Uluru is the traditional and cultural land of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people (also collectively known as the Anangu people). It was officially renamed Ayers Rock / Uluru – the first feature in the Northern Territory to be given dual names.
Uluru/Ayers Rock is world renowned for its beauty and the many changing colors as the sun sets. When it rains, the water run off from the top of the rock, creating the illusion of small waterfalls of amazing colourful beauty.