Dreamtime of Uluru

Aboriginal and Geographical Perspective of Uluru


The area surrounding Uluru was settled thousands of years ago, and although it was founded by the white man in the 1800s, Aboriginal culture are very much connected together today. In fact, Uluru is sacred to the local Pitjantjatjara tribe that lived once on this ancient land.

There are many dreamtime stories from Aboriginals of how Uluru was formed . One main dream time story is that Uluru was formed by ancestral beings during Dreamtime. The rock's many caves and fissures are thought to be proof of this. Some of the forms around Uluru are said to convey ancestral spirites. Even rituals are still held today often in the caves around the base where "No Photography" signs are posted out of respect.

Geographically scientists have discovered that Uluru was formed 300 million years ago when sand piled up on the the bottom of an inland sea that once covered and patrolled the middle of Australia at Bass Straight, over a span of years an army of winds and rain have beaten and struck against the rock weathering it to what it is today.

Uluru also known as Ayers Rock, is a formation of large sandstone rock in the southern part of the Northern Territory, located in central Australia. It lies 335km south west of the nearest large town, Alice springs, 450km by road, Kata Tjuta and Ulura are main features of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. The surrounding area around the formation is home to many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. It is also included as a world Heritage site.