A magical place that will blow your mind away. It is not just a rock in the middle of nowhere. With a blooming desert that surrounds it, a spiritual calmness, the sound of the trees, amazing colours, water holes and if you’re lucky enough to see them – waterfalls. This is a “must do” once in a lifetime experience.
Uluru | Interesting Facts
- One of Australia’s most iconic landmarks.
- Located within the Uluru Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) National Park.
- Uluru is an Aboriginal name that is applied to both the rock and the waterhole on top of the rock.
- Also knows as Ayers Rock, named by the first known European explorers led by the English born Australian named William Gosse in 1873.
- In 1987 Uluru was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Natural site. In 1997, it was also declared a World Heritage Cultural Site.
- Uluru is estimated to be around 600 million years old.
- Uluru stands 348 metres above sea level, which is 24 meter higher than the Eiffel Tower.
- Another 2.4 km of it’s mass is underground and its circumference is 9.4km (5.8 miles).
- A path surrounds the rock and can be completed in approximately 4 hours. (bring Water with you)
- Uluru is an inselberg, which is a geological term for an isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly from a plain.
- The surface oxidation of its iron content gives it a striking orange-red hue.
- The closest township is Alice Springs and driving takes half a day (465 kilometres). It would take 3 days driving from Sydney (2954 kilometres).
- The best time to visit is from May to September, summer time is really hot (temperatures up to 47 degrees Celsius) and in winter it get cold at night time (minus 7 degrees Celsius).
- 1936 – The first tourists begin arriving.
- Over 250 000 people visits Kata Tjuta Park every year.
- Certain parts of Uluru can not be photographed for spiritual and cultural reasons.
- Around 36 people have died climbing Uluru.
- In 2019 Uluru summit climbs will be banned. The ban will begin on October 26 to coincide with the 34th anniversary of the return of Uluru to traditional owners.
- No matter if you visit it at sunrise, sunset or at anytime during the day, this place is mesmerising.
- There is an entry fee of $25 per adult to enter the park, children may enter for free.