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Ayers Rock (Northern Territory)

Ayers Rock is situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, and is the world’s largest monolith – or natural stone formation.

The Aboriginal term for Ayers Rock is Uluru, and the landmark is commonly referred to by both of its names.

Ayers Rock extends 2.5km beneath ground level, is 1.6km high, and its perimeter measures 8km.

The National Park is owned and run by local Aborigines, as the Australian government handed ownership back to them in 1985. The Aborigines cannot ban climbing on Ayers Rock, but it is a tourist activity they are unhappy about as one of the climbing tracks crosses an important dreaming track. Nevertheless, climbing continues to be a popular activity at Ayers Rock. A rope handhold is available to assist your climb, but many climbers still give up half-way due to its difficulty.

Dreamtime is an imperative part of Aboriginal culture and represents the creation of the universe, and how our maker intended us as humans to live. Many of the caves in Uluru contain ancient Aboriginal rock-art paintings that illustrate the dreamtime stories. The Aborigines believe that below Ayers Rock there is a vast hollow space full of dreamtime energy which they call ‘Tjukurpa’. It is for this reason that Aborigines are reluctant to let humans take control of Ayers Rock; it is a very sacred and historic site.

On an average day, Ayers Rock is a sand-coloured orange colour, but in conditions of unusual atmosphere, lighting or weather conditions, the rock can appear to change to various different colours. Photographers are fascinated by the varying appearances of Ayers Rock – you too can try and capture its ever-changing beauty on your trip down under!