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Ayres Rock – Uluru

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Rising out of the surrounding Central Australian desert, Ayers Rock/Uluru and Kata Tjuta dominate the landscape. The spectacular red rocks and domes are millions upon millions of years old. Appearing from seemingly nowhere in the deep centre of Australia, Uluru (Ayers Rock) is one of the world’s great natural wonders. Nothing prepares you for the physical impact of this vast monolith. Its sheer immensity dwarfs everything around it.

You’ll find Uluru and Kata Tjuta about 450 kilometres, or a four and a half hour drive from Alice Springs, the nearest major town.Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this region’s gem is Uluru/Ayers Rock, but it also offers visitors so much more, and is only a few hours flight from Sydney.The rock was created over some 600 million years, and the Aborigines have been in the area for the last 10,000 years. It originally sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348m above ground. One of the most startling Uluru facts however, is that some 2.5kms of its bulk is underground.

World Heritage-listed Uluru is one of Australia’s most iconic symbols. Located in the heart of Ayers Rock/Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is an ancient landscape, rich in Australian indigenous culture and spirituality. There are many ways to experience the majesty of Uluru and the beauty of this unique desert landscape. Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide and learn about ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime. See it from the skies by helicopter or hot air balloon. Ride across the ochre coloured desert on a Harley Davidson motorcycle or on the back of a camel.

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) has acquired its reputation not just because it is such a unique landform, but also because of the effect the sun has on its colours and appearance. Sunrises and Sunsets cause changes to its colour from browns though oranges, reds to finally grey.

The traditional custodians of Uluru, the Anangu, believe this landscape was created by their ancestors at the beginning of time, and they have been protecting these sacred lands ever since. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre is a great starting point for visitors. Learn about Tjukurpa, the traditional law guiding the Anangu people. Take a dot painting workshop, where Aboriginal artists will show you how they express their culture through art. You’ll have your own original artwork to take home as a memento. Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide and learn about their ancient traditions and stories from the Dreamtime.

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