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Visit Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park
The huge red monlith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) has to be one of Australia?s most famous symbols. Uluru and the 36 rock domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) with their deep valleys and gorges are a wonder of the natural world. The National Park is 463 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs. The park was established in 1958 and was named as a World Heritage Site in 1987. The whole area is sacred to the Aboriginal People. In 1985 the park was handed back to its indigenous owners. It wasthen that the rocks got their original names back. The land is actually leased back to the Australian government. Yulara, 12 kilometres from Uluru, is the parks tourist resort.
Uluru (formally Ayers Rock) is 3,6 kilometres long, 2,4 kilometres wide and it stands 348 metres high. It is a single piece of sandstone which also extends 5 kilometres down into the desert plain. Uluru is best observed by watching the changing colours at sunset. The rock?s cultural significance is best understond by doing a guided walk around its base. There are several walks to choose from. We did the Mala (hare wallaby) walk which takes in several caves, some with rock art. Sacred sights en route are fenced off and it is an offence to enter them. All walk details are available at the cultural centre. Take plenty to drink with you, it can get hot!!

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  • Updated Jan 29, 2006
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