Uluru National Park

"Uluru National Park - It doesn't get much better than this!"

Uluru and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are steeped in mystery and aborigine significance. The whole area is extrememly spiritual and gives you a real sense of what the Australian Outback is really like - I highly recommend a trip to this Australia National Park.

You can fly here directly (Virgin have just started flying here which should keep the qantas flight prices a bit more competitive) or you can fly into Alice Springs and take a road trip via the Kings Canyon to Ayers Rock and the Olgas - I recommend this as a great option and you can then fly out of Ayers Rock.

Facts About Uluru National Park

It is estimated that 600 million years ago the movement of the earth's plates forced a mountain to be formed here in the park.

Since then much weathering has taken place (sun, wind, an island sea and some rain).

Uluru (Ayers Rock) stands 340 metres above the surface of the plain while the Olgas are about 600 metres high. It is believed that the 36 domes of the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) may once have been a single dome many times bigger than Ayers Rock currently is.

Weathering still continues today with parts of the rock disintegrating.

Aboriginal Significance in Uluru National Park

It is believed that there have been aborigines living in this area for over 22,000 years. The group is called the Anangu people, who stretch as far as Alice Springs and the Kings Canyon.

With the onslaught of thousands of visitors to the area from about the 1970's, their land and religious relics began to be desecrated.

A 9 year legal battle for the rights of the land to go back to the Aboriginals then commenced with the Aboriginals winning the right for freehold title to their lands in 1985. An area was then leased back to the Government, which takes in Ayers Rock and the Olgas, as a National Park. Today the area is jointly managed through a board of management where the traditional owners have a majority.

The Aborigines also have legends and stories associated with both the Olgas and the Rock. They believe that Ayers Rock used to be a sand hill that was then turned to rock. They also believe that the Wanambi, a mythical snake with long teeth, a mane and a long beard lives at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

What To Do in Uluru National Park

  • Make sure you visit Ayers Rock AND The Olgas - It's a short drive between the two
  • Have dinner or breakfast to watch the sun rise or sun set over the rock
  • Go to the viewing platform with your car at sunset - get there early to get a good spot. Take a little glass of something and enjoy the view
  • Do the Valley of the Winds 6km Walk around the Olgas - go early as they close it at mid-day when it gets over 36 degrees. The walk takes about 3 hours
  • Do a section of the Base Walk around Uluru - The whole walk is 9km and takes 4 hours. Liru Walk goes from the main carpark and is about 2km and takes about half an hour. This is enough unless you are really into Aboriginal Rock Art
  • There are so many other things on offer to do here including guided walks by aboriginal elders, helicopter and plane rides and plenty of trips from Alice Springs too if you prefer to do that. It is a tourist mecca so be prepared to spend a fortune!

    For other ideas and places to stay, go to a href="http://www.realaustraliatravel.com/ayers-rock-australia.html" >Ayers Rock Australia

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