Ayers Rock is arguably one of the most recognizable icons of Australia, both nationally and internationally. It is also one of Australia's most desirable tourist destinations, and for good reason. Set in the stunning landscape of red desert of Central Australia, is a magnificent and magical spectacle that should be part of an itinerary of Australia.Also known as Uluru, Ayers Rock is located in the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park about 400 kilometers southwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. The largest in central Australia (and the second largest in Australia) monolith, Ayers Rock is over 318 meters (986 feet) high and 8 km (5 miles) around, and extends two. 5 kilometers (1. 5 miles) on the floor. Famous for appearing to change color as the light conditions change throughout the day and seasons, Ayers Rock is a particularly remarkable sight at sunset. Composed primarily of sandstone, Ayers Rock is infused with minerals like feldspar that reflect the red light of sunrise and sunset and make the rock looks really shine in the right conditions. The Aboriginal community of Mutitjulu is near the western end of Ayers Rock, which is sacred to local Indians. The rock is surrounded by springs, waterholes, rock caves and other features that are prominent in stories of Dreamtime to Ayers Rock area. Uluru is the name used by the local Pitjantjatjara people of the rock, Ayers Rock was named by European explorers after Henry Ayers, a premier South Australia 19th century. Uluru has been the official name of the rock from the 1980s, although many people still refer to it as Ayers Rock. The Government of Australia Ayers Rock property returned to its traditional Aboriginal owners in 1985, the new lease for 99 years as a National Park. Traditional owners ask that visitors respect the sacredness of Ayers Rock by climbing it. However, do not prevent people climbing the rock, which remains a popular activity among visitors. In 1980, Ayers Rock made international headlines when baby Azaria Chamberlain disappeared while her family were camping nearby. Her mother Lindy Chamberlain said his daughter had been taken by a dingo (a wild dog), initiating one of the most widely publicized lawsuits in the history of Australia. Kata Tjuta, also known as The Olgas, is a group of 36 rounded rock formations located about 30 kilometers west of Uluru in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The group's highest dome, Mount Olga, is actually higher than Uluru 457 meters. Kata Tjuta, meaning "many heads" in the local language Pitjantjatjara is so sacred to indigenous traditional owners as Ayers Rock. Traditional ceremonies are still held at Kata Tjuta, especially at night, and many Pitjantjatjara Dreamtime legends are associated with both Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta.Ayers Rock is located about 20 kilometers from Yulara, a modern tourist town of 3,000 inhabitants situated just outside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park site. Yulara is well stocked with quality accommodation, shopping and services, and also has a major airport services airlines flying direct from most of the capital cities of Australia. Few regions of the world can match the amazing beauty of the central Australian desert landscape, its unique flora and fauna, and natural features such as Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta. If you prefer to travel in lavish luxury or an authentic safari adventure four wheel drive, Ayers Rock and Central Australia have something for everyone.
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