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"Uluru formerly known by the..." Australia Things to Do Tip by Adeline_Foo

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Uluru formerly known by the name Ayers Rock is the world’s largest monolith and a dedicated Aboriginal sacred site. Uluru is located in the Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park some 450 kms South-West of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Walking tours to the top of Uluru are conducted by the local Anangu Aboriginal custodians with recognition of Uluru in the dreamtime of the local people who also include the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people. This most striking of landmarks changes in colour and perception depending upon season and time of day with the 'Rock' being a most magnificent backdrop in sunsets, sunrises and tropical rainfall where there is a continual feast of miniature waterfalls.

Within the confines of the local National Park there are some 22 species of native mammals including the red kangaroo, wallaroo and the threatened bilby. Reptiles include the monitor lizard, brown snake, Ramsay’s python and various native frogs along with approximately 150 species of birds both local and those enroute, these include parrots, thornbills and the peregrine falcon.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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