Ayers Rock

Ayers RockAyers Rock, also known by its Aboriginal name of Uluru, is the world’s largest monolith (or single stone), standing 348 meters (1142 feet) above the surrounding plain and 867 meters (2844 feet) above sea level.

Uluru is important in the mythological beliefs and ritual life of the Yankuntjatjara and Pitjantjatjara tribes, and caves in the rock contain Aboriginal paintings.

Ayers Rock trailHere’s a view of the trail leading to the top of Uluru (Ayers Rock). A small sign at the base of the trail explains that the rock is sacred to Aborigines, and that they wish people would not climb all over it.

DesertHere a park ranger demonstrates a spear-thrower used by Aborigines to hunt for food. A powerful hunter using a weapon like this could launch a spear at more than 3 feet/second, and send it over a range of about 200 feet.

GoannaHere’s a lizard (goanna?) we saw near Ayers Rock.

Ayers Rock ticketHere’s our beautiful entry ticket to Uluru National Park, which comprises both Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). The park is in the Red Center, in the southern part of the Northern Territory, and can be reached by road or plane.

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