Uluru, or Ayers Rock, taken from a helicopter (Source: Huntster, Wikimedia Commons)
Uluru, also called Ayers Rock and officially named Uluru/Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the Northern Territory of Australia, 335 kilometers from the town of Alice Springs. It and Kata Tjuta, also called Mount Olga, are the two main features of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. (I wonder how they came up wth that name?) It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s 1,142 feet high and has a total circumference of 5.8 miles.
Parks Australia has a whole site dedicated to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, including a visual journey (you’ll need a Pinterest account to see that), information about the people and the place, a list of things to do while you’re there, and planning your trip to the region. One thing they are adamant about: while climbing Uluru is not prohibited, it’s a sacred site to the Anangu, the Aboriginal people who live there, and it’s a treacherous climb: thirty people or more have died making the climb, and many more have been injured. According to the site, the people “feel a great sadness” when someone is injured or killed by trying to climb the rock.
If any of my Australian readers would like to leave comments about Uluru, or about the national park, please feel free! The rest of the readers (not to mention I) would be interested to hear about your experiences.