Things to Do in Uluru
Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. It is a large rock formation, estimating to be around 550 million years old. Now a World Heritage-listed attraction, Uluru is not just a natural wonder but a deeply spiritual place. The incredible natural monolith sits snug in the heart of the Red Centre of Australia. Uluru is a local pilgrimage site that set amongst a spiritual and cultural area.
It is estimated that Aboriginal people lived in this region for over 20,000 years ago. Uluru is a very significant part of the indigenous culture and history. They regard it as a living form part of the land, a dwelling for past spirits. Although the relationship between Uluru and the aboriginal people is long, Uluru is estimated to be even older, dating back around 500 million years ago. Europeans first discovered it in the 1870s, announcing the area open to tourists in the 1930s. Climbing Uluru was once a common occurrence, but due to unsafe climbing and rock damage, the Anangu law and culture requests the public to restrain from climbing nowadays. Its sheer grandiosity its best experienced during the changing colours of sunrise or sunset when the vibrant oranges turn from milky pink to earthy red.
The Surrounding wonders at the Uluru can be just as awe-inspiring. Australia’s outback is home to natural wonders, amazing wildlife, and ancient history. These unforgettable attractions are unique to this area and are found nowhere else in Australia. National Parks bursting with Australian flora and fauna, rock formations, deep canyons, historic artefacts, and incredible outback activities.
Discover the world’s oldest cultural history at places such as Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Learn more about the indigenous community when you visit Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, full of historic artefacts, video recordings and photographs of past groups. Different sections spanning various time periods. Hear the diverse stories about the lives lived by the ancestors of this incredible land.
Kata Tjuta, also known as Olgas, is a similar rock structure to the famous Uluru. Instead of Uluru’s one large rock formation, Kata Tjuta is a collection of thirty-six boulders ranging in sizes, clustered together to form one large structure. Its name means ‘many heads,’ referring to the many boulders attached. This region is a scared place for the indigenous community, with many dreamtime stories regarding it as well as a vast cultural history.
Just a few hours’ drive from the stunning Uluru lies the Kings Canyon. Featuring large ancient rock walls sheltering a lush foliage of Australian native. The spectacular red rock walls enclose this plant life haven, home to native animals and cascading waterfalls. Trek through the lush foliage and submerge yourself in this lush wonderland amidst the Australian desert. Venture atop Kings Canyon and see the remarkable views, catch it during sunset or sunrise for a real breathtaking sight.
Everyone comes to the Northern Territory for the mighty Uluru, but you will fall in love with the breathtaking surrounds.