Uluru (often called Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (also known as the Olgas) are located deep in the outback in central Australia. Visitors can reach the area by 200 km car trip after flying into Alice Springs. Another option is to connect through Darwin or Adelaide with flights found here. The area includes many breathtaking natural wonders and reveals some of the mystical heritage and culture of the Aboriginal people. Here are a few reasons why you can’t miss these spots on your next trip to Australia:
Views Like No Place Else
Uluru is considered a sacred site by the Aborigines. The massive monolith extends 348 meters above the plane and over 2 kilometers below ground.
Uluru offers visitors a spectacular site as it changes colors throughout the day with the variations of light refraction. Uluru is composed of a sandstone and feldspar mixture called arkose. Arkose is grey and white in color, but a thin layer of iron oxide coating over the mineral gives it a rust colored appearance.
As the sun changes position in the sky, the distance the light travels through the atmosphere also changes.
Near sunset, the blue light waves of the spectrum are bent away, leaving high intensity red light waves to reflect off the rock providing spectators an incredible view of the magnificent red colored behemoth.”
Kata Tjuta is a set of domes consisting of 36 formations. At its highest elevation, Mount Olga rises 546 meters.
Kata Tjuta are thought to have been at one time a single rock formation and the domes were created by weathering. Trails throughout the areas offer spectacular views designated sunset viewing areas are marked for visitors.
Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are exceptional viewing areas for wilderness scenery with emus and kangaroos native to the region.
A Window to an Incredible Culture
Because Uluru is the site of sacred ceremonies for the Aboriginal People; visitors are restricted from some areas. Visitors can become better acquainted with Aboriginal culture by visiting Pulari, a site where women came to give birth.
Other areas that men used for initiations may be passed along trails, but they are not to be entered because they are considered sacred.
Along the base of the rock many drawings appear that tell stories of “dreamtime” experienced by the Aborigines.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta provide visitors with one of the most incredible experiences in Australia. The spectacular beauty of the location and the legends of the people create a one of a kind adventure.