Ayers Rock or Uluru is Australia's most identifiable icon. This huge sandstone mountain rises 348 meters above the level of the surrounding plains.
Ayers Rock is located in the Northern Territory south-west of Alice Springs in the Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. West of Ayers Rock (Uluru) is Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas. Both Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) have great cultural significance for the Anangu traditional landowners.
The awesome size of Uluru (Ayers Rock), the sense of spirituality and the amazing changing colours, makes a visit to Uluru and Kata Tjuta always a highlight of a trip to the Northern Territory. A range of apartments and hotels from camp sites to five-star luxury is available in the township of Yulara at Ayers Rock resort. There are many wonderful ways to experience Ayers Rock, but note that the Anangu traditional landowners prefer travelers choose not to climb, as it is a spiritually significant site.
There are no two views of Ayers Rock that are the same, especially not after you've looked at it through the eyes of the traditional owners, the Anangu. To them, Uluru is sacred. Tour with Aboriginal guides, who will explain some of the important creation laws of Uluru. But if you'd rather explore on your own, interpretive signage also provides fascinating details of the significance of Uluru to the Anangu.
No matter how many pictures you've seen, nothing will prepare you for your first view of Ayers Rock. Even from a distance, the view is simply spectacular. Once you stand at its base, touch it and explore the mysteries of its perimeter, you will understand why it's not only a treasured icon to local Aboriginal people, but also one of the great wonders of the world. Use this Ayers Rock travel guide to make your visit as wonderful as you can.