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"Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Olgas (Kata Tjuna)" Australia Things to Do Tip by Myndo

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by Myndo

Ayers Rock or Uluru (the Aboriginal name, means: shady place) is the biggest Monolith on earth and Australias most known Tourist Attraction. It is about 4.5 km long, 2.5 km thick and 348.7 m high.

The Rock has a lot of faces, its red changes from almost yellow to violett with the light of the sun.

There are several walk ways at and around Uluru.
The Base Walk (once around) is 9.4 km and takes 3-4 hours.
It offers a lot of interesting sights of the changing surface.

You can also climb the Rock, there is a way up the rim, secured with a chain. It is not safe to climb it when its wet, and it is closed when its raining.
The record for going up is at 14 minutes and 20 seconds, the record for going down at about 6 seconds (one unfortunate tourist).
The Aboriginals do not encourage you to climb the rock (Its the most sacred place for them, it would be like climbing the Notre Dame or Haga Sophia), but they do not forbid it, either.

Sunset and Sunrise are the best times to make pictures of the Uluru, the changing light gives him a new color every few minutes.
Unfortunately you will never be alone watching this. There are hundreds of other tourists around then.

The Olgas are located 42 km east of the Ayers Rock. Uluru (Ayers Rock) can be seen from there.
They consist of 27 round sand stone Domes.
The biggest one, Mount Olga is 546 m high, wich is 200 m higher than Uluru.
The Aboriginal name for them is Kata Tjuta, meaning "many heads".

You can walk around and through them and soak in the special atmosphere. Just make sure to take enough water with you.

There are two major walking trails, namely The Valley of the Winds and The Olga Gorge. The former takes about three hours and leads you to several deep gorges. The latter leads up to the beautiful Olga Gorge and to its deadened cliff face and a rock pool.

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  • Updated Aug 12, 2004
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