World Heritage Ayers Rock
05.07.2012 - 06.07.2012 16 °C
Uluru is probably the most iconic Australian land feature and seeing it in person makes it live up to its reputation and its status as a World Heritage listed site. It is the world's largest monolith, or more accurately inselberg, and stands 348 meters high above the surrounding desert landscape covered with spinifex grass. It appears to change colour during the day and is most spectacular at sunset when it glows a stunning deep red that contrasts with the surrounding landscape. The most remarkable feature of Uluru is its homogeneity and its solitude in the surrounding plain, but looking closer at the detailed features in this massive rock it becomes even more interesting and mysterious. The place is heaving with tourists throughout the year and the sunset car park is possibly the busiest car park in Australia at sunset.
There is a walking rail attached to climb to the top of Uluru but it is not favoured and discouraged by the Aboriginal owners, but apparently many people do climb it anyway. It was too windy when we were there and it was closed for climbing.
A fascinating site!