Uluru /ˌuːləˈruː/ (Pitjantjatjara: Uluṟu), also known as Ayers Rock /ˌɛərz ˈrɒk/ and officially gazetted as "UluruAyers Rock", is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs, 450 km (280 mi) by road. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves, and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wikipedia
Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is named after the two famous sandstone rock formations located within the park namely Uluru/Ayers Rock which is an enormous monolith and Kata Tjuta/The Olgas which are a series of rock domes. The region is also known as the Red Center of the continent.
The park covers a 1,326 square kilometres (512 sq mi) and is located 440 kilometres (270 mi) southwest of Alice Springs, which is the nearest city. The nearest village is Yulara, which is developed to cater to visitors to the park and provides accommodation and supplies. The park and its monoliths are an iconic representation of the culture of the indigenous culture of Australia. The monoliths are sacred to the Anangu People who are the caretakers and traditional owners of the park for thousands of years.
There are 22 species of native mammals that can be found in the park including kangaroos, dingos, marsupials and bats. There are also over 150 bird species that have been spotted so far. The red sandy planes and native flora add to the bauty of this spectacular natural landscape.
The park draws thousand of visitors from all over the world each year and is a great way to understand and explore the Aboriginal culture and its ties to the natural rock formations. There are plenty of guided tours and nature walks conducted here and can be done over days or within 24 hours. A three-day permit is required to enter the park and costs about $25 AUD per person. It is one of the highest rated tourist attractions in the region and a must visit as part of your Northern Territory travels to this part of Australia.
Walking around Uluru will simply amp your adventure at the Park. Depending on the amount of time you have in hand, you can choose from an array of walks like the Uluru base walk, Mala walk to Kantju Gorge, Lungkata walk, Kuniya walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole or Liru walk.
If you choose to explore with Kata Tjuta first, you take an easy stroll to the Kata Tjuta dune viewing area to absorb the wonders of this breathtaking landscape. You can also walk you way to the mesmerizing Walpa Gorge or take up the worthy challenge of enduring The Valley of the Winds Walks.
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