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Ayers Rock / Uluru

Ayers Rock or Uluru is a giant rock (referred to by many Aussies as 'The Rock') in the middle of Australia that has significant meaning to Aborigines, they nowadays own the rock again after the government handed it over to them in he 1980s on the condition they lease it back to National Parks.
The rock has a circumference of 8.5 km. and rises 347 metres above the surrounding plains.
William Gosse was the first white man to spot and climb the rock and named it after a former South Australia premier Sir Henry Ayers.
Geologists refer to this rock as both a monolith (it is the largest monolith in the world measuring 3.1km. in length) and a monadnock (isolated rock sticking out above surrounding country).

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After the invention of political correctness in the 1990s word got out in the media around the world that it greatly upset the local Aboriginal owners if people took souvenir rocks from this place, leading to people all around the world sending heavy parcels returning their souvenir rocks and filling the Uluru National Parks office.
More than 300 000 people a year visit the rock and busloads of people descend on this place for sunrise and sunset when cameras click away and the champagne flows (if you didn't book on the cheapest tour that is). Nowadays many people opt not to climb the rock as the local Aboriginal owners do not approve of it but many others still do. It is quite an effort and quite a few people have died from heart attacks here or rolled down the steep slope, especially before the chain on poles was put in. The chance of having a heart attack here is three times as high as elsewhere in Australia. Sometimes the rock is closed to climbers when the temperatures go too high or when it rains.

uluru or ayres rock in central australia
Uluru or Ayres Rock, sacred site and tourist destination

Accommodation at Uluru

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Getting to and around Uluru

Unless you are planning on some very long distance driving you will have to fly to Uluru.
Cheap flights are readily available on the internet now as competition around Australia is tough, try the sites below or see more cheap flights to Ayers Rock / Uluru here.

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Shuttle bus from Alice Springs. You will travel from Alice Springs via the rugged West MacDonnell and James Ranges to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Stop en route at the Outback Camel Farm where you can take the opportunity to ride a camel, known to many as the 'ships of the desert' (own expense). View and photograph the unusual flat-topped Atila (Mt Conner), a mesa formed during a period of great uplift, then left to the savages of aeons of erosion. En route your Driver/Guide will provide an informative and entertaining commentary on the natural and geological history of the region. More info and bookings...


7 Day Darwin to Alice Springs bus via Uluru - Departs from Darwin and travels via Ayers Rock (Uluru), , Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Kings Canyon, Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park, Mary River Wetlands, Jim Jim Falls and Tennent Creek and arrives in Alice Springs. More info and reservations....

Camper vans

Central Australia is the perfect country to travel with a camper van! Pick up a camper in Darwin or Adelaide and explore the outback and the red centre at your leisure. Wide open roads, countless beautiful spots to pull over and camp, the freedom to go where and when you want, it is no wonder so many Aussies on retirement buy themselves a mobile home and spend years going around the country.
Nothing beats finding your own camping spot in the wild, having a cold beer admiring a wildly coloured outback sunset and a dinner cooked on the campfire under the magnificent starry skies.

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Stargazing at Ayers Rock

The skies in Central Australia's desert are clear most of the year, and the absence of cities spreading their lights makes this the absolute perfect place to watch the stars of the southern hemisphere! More info....

Tours to and around Uluru / Ayers Rock

Looking for tours to or around Uluru, the Olgas, Kings Canyon etc.? Check out the range of tours that you can book online through Viator.

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Daytrip from Alice Springs

visit the olgas kata tjuta and uluru ayers rock on a daytrip
Kata Tjuta
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Rising from the desert sands, this massive creation from the dawn of time will overwhelm you. The richness of colour changing by the hour, the powerful presence of the Aboriginal Tjukurpa (dreaming) and the enormity of this symbol of the Australian Outback.
Traverse the Walpa Gorge at Kata Tjuta (Olgas), a tumbled mass of protruding rock domes. Nothing will prepare you for your first close up of Uluru (Ayers Rock); its ancient mystery, its spirit and its wonder. Visit this monolith of Uluru… and stand in awe! More info....


Dot painting workshop

aboriginal art at uluru ayers rock

A unique experience! Today you'll join Aboriginal artists at the Uluru Aboriginal Cultural Centre for a fascinating introduction to Aboriginal law and art. Learn the meaning of some of the symbols in the dot paintings that depict Aboriginal culture and lifestyle. Spend the afternoon with the artists and create your own Aboriginal dot painting, which you'll be able to take home as a momento of your experience at Ayers Rock (Uluru) More info....


aboriginal culture tours
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aboriginal culture tours
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Want to experience sacred sites known to the Aboriginal people, then dine under the stars of the Outback? This is a fantastic opportunity to explore unforgettable landscapes and feel the enchantment of the wilderness for yourself. Sit at your private dining setting in the middle of the desert and dine in the serenity of the Outback under a million stars, more info on this tour...

Uluru Cultural Centre
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