Uluru

By Emma Roach

Uluru

Uluru who is known to the aboriginal people is one of the most well-known features of the Australian landscape and a popular tourist attraction. It is also of great importance in the native culture and the legends of the Dreamtime.

Facts

Did you know that Uluru but better known as Ayers Rock was named by William Gosse in 1873 after Sir Henry Ayers. Uluru is the Aboriginal and official name.


Uluru was created over 600 million years ago buy the aboriginals have been in the area for the last 10,000 years. Uluru stands 348m above ground and 2.5kms of its bulk is underground. It originally sat at the bottom of the sea.


Uluru is about 3.6kms long and 1.9kms wide, with a circumference of 9.4kms. The climb to the top is 1.6kms. The surface is made up of valleys, ridges, caves and weird shapes that were created through erosion over millions of years.


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What is Uluru

In modern scientific terms, Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the Northern territory of central Australia (NT). The Uluru is just the outward protrusion of a larger underground structure. This unusual visible section is some 350 metres high and 8 km around, a truly impressive natural wonder.

There is almost no vegetation on the rock which is covered with rain grooves along its sides as well as caves, pools, etc.



Uluru Map

Uluru lies west of the Simpson Desert, not far from the center of Australia, about 335kms southwest of Alice Springs and 463kms by road. Uluru is located in the southwestern corner of Australia’s Northern Territory. The closes town to Uluru is Yulara. Yulara is 20kms from Uluru.



Tours

Uluru is a big touist actraction. Every year there is more than 300 thousand touist actraction

Helicopter Flight

I really recommend a tour because you get to see Uluru from a different angle. I had a chance to see it and I loved it.


Camel Ride

I believe the best way to see the rock is on a camel. When I went I went on a camel ride and I loved it. If you ever get a chance to go to Uluru go on a camel tour.