Australia is a country with so much to offer - buzzing cities, peaceful shores, adrenaline filled experiences and brunches in abundance. But if you’re after the real deal, Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is where it’s at. This 700 million year old spot is steeped in history, and is perhaps the ultimate icon of this great land. It may well look and feel like you’re in the midst of emptiness, but this remote location is well worth the visit, located a mere 462 km from Alice Springs, a remote town in Australia's Northern Territory. Aside from the main event of Uluru, Lake Amadeus in the southwest corner of Australia’s Northern Territory is another travel must offering a mesmerising texture of colours, whilst Kata Tjuṯa is another favourite. This large rock formation makes up the second largest landmark in this national park and you can hike, climb or take a scenic flight around this area.
But let’s take it back to the terracotta World Heritage site which lies in the Simpson Desert, aka Urlulu. The 348m high rock originally sat at the bottom of the sea and has been created over the past 600 million years. The site is of huge cultural significance to Aboriginal Australians, and is today one of the world’s great natural wonders. If your planning to tour Ayers Rock, expect to have a physical and spiritual experience as the sheer scale of the site is likely to take your breath away.
Walking, hiking and adventure based activities are all available around the rock, and that’s before we’ve even covered the spiritual significance. Each feature of the site has a meaning in 'Tjukurpa' or Dreamtime, the traditional Anangu law that explains how the world was created, whilst the decorative aboriginal paintings in the caves tell stories of everything from vital information about water to religious beliefs. If you want to get the full lowdown on what's what, then head over to the Uluṟu Cultural Centre, located at the base of Uluru, where you’ll get an introduction to Anangu culture and traditions. Want to take your Uluru experience to the next level? Visiting the World Heritage Site at sunrise or sunset is something pretty incredible. The rock constantly changes colour throughout the day, resulting in an ever changing palette of rich reds, oranges, blues and even purples.
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