"ULURU" Australia Off The Beaten Path Tip by Amelei

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One of the best-known sights of Australia is "the largest rock in the world", Ayer's Rock or, as it has always been known to the local Pitjantjatjarra people, Uluru.

They are now once more custodians of this important site, rich in mythology, with caves that are still off-limit to uninitiated people: there are signs warning visitors.

Although the site is sacred and therefore the Aborigines don't like it, many tourists climb to the top, a hard and quite dangerous activity. The view is great, of course. But a better way is to walk around it.

About 20 km from Uluru are the Olga's, or Kata Tjuta, meaning "many heads", also a site of great beauty and ceremonial significance.

Some great walks may be taken here, like the Valley of the Winds. And north of the Uluru - Katatjuta National Park is Kings Canyon, in Watarrka National Park, with spectacular vertical walls, oasis-like gardens and Aboriginal paintings.

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  • Written Jan 6, 2005
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