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Uluru - Ayres Rock Northern Territory NT

Kata Tjuta National Park: 280 miles (450km) southwest of Alice Springs. Ayers Rock/ Uluru, the world's largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia's most famous natural landmark. Visitors may wish to make the tough 1.6km ascent to the top or take a walking tour around the rock with an aboriginal guide , learning about its fascinating history with the Uluru people and its importance in dreamtime legend.

European explorer William Gosse called the rock Ayres Rock in 1873. In 1985 the region, including the Olgas was returned to it's tradional owners, and re-named Uluru. It rises 348m from the ground, and stretches and enormous 6km below the surface. The Rock is 863m above the sea level. A trip around the rock at its base measures 9.4km.

Uluru features stunning Aboriginal rock art sites that can be viewed on guided walks and tours around the base. The spectacular changing colours of Uluru at sunrise and sunset are visions not to be missed.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the surrounding land became a national park in 1958 and lies in the territory of the Anangu people.

Kata Tjuta, also more commonly known as the Olgas, is Uluru’s sister formation, meaning “many heads”, and comprises 36 magnificently domed and coloured shapes covering about 35 sq km. Take the 3 hour Valley of the Winds walk which winds through the crevices and gorges of this magnificent rock system, with spectacular views and a variety of flora and fauna.

Also in this enormous park are many Aboriginal sacred sites, spectacular scenery and famous rock formations. Visit the Olgas/ Kata Tjuta, a dramatic series of 36 dome-like rock formations which stand up to 1,701ft (546m) high and cover an area of 35km and like Uluru, produce an incredible light show at sunset, with crimsons turning to rusts, and pinks to mauves.

Did you know? - the second biggest monolith in Australia is at Coolum in Queensland

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Getting to Uluru - Ayres Rock NT
All major Australian cities have flights into Alice Springs, from where you can arrange a rental car / camper or join a tour for transfers to "The Rock"

Average Climate for Alice Springs Region

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min C 21 21 17 13 8 5 4 6 10 15 18 20
Max C 36 35 33 28 23 20 20 23 27 31 34 35
Rain mm 38 44 33 18 19 15 14 10 9 22 28 38

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