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Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is notable for appearing to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably when it glows red at dawn and sunset. Kata Tjuta, also called Mount Olga or The Olgas, lies 25 km (16 mi) west of Uluru. Special viewing areas with road access and parking have been constructed to give tourists the best views of both sites at dawn and dusk.

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Ayers Rock (Uluru), Northern Territory

Uluru - or Ayers Rock - is Australia's proud symbol, and site of spiritual significance for the Anangu people. Like an iceberg, it's believed that only a third of the big red rock lies above ground. What we can see measures 3.6 km (2.5 miles) long, 348 meters (1,141 feet) tall, so Uluru is an awfully big rock. Ayers Rock is known for its fabulous colors at dawn and sunset, when the pitted rock surface turns from ocher brown to a rich burnished orange …

» Curtin Springs

Curtin Springs, Ayers Rock

There's a cattle ranch in Australia's center that's bigger than the state of Rhode Island. An arid grassland covered in dust and 4,500 cattle, it's also a welcome, comfortable stop on the road leading west towards Uluru. When the Severin family moved out here in 1956, they saw a total of six people in their first year out on the ranch. Gradually, however, hardy tourists heading west towards Uluru would stop for fuel and supplies, and what began as a way to help weary travelers has grown to a guesthouse, bar, and ranch that's an Australian site to itself …

» Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon, Ayers Rock

The red sandstone walls of Kings Canyon rise abruptly from tranquil pools and pockets of cycads and vegetation in the middle of the red centre desert. The prized activity here is the 2.5 km (1.5 mile) return Kings Creek Walk around the rim of the canyon to a lookout for fabulous views of the lush Garden of Eden. The reward for taking on the longer 4-hour walk is even better views including the rock formation known as the Lost City …

» Mala Walk

Mala Walk, Ayers Rock

Walk alongside the imposing form of Uluru to the Kantju Gorge and waterhole, on land held sacred by the Anangu indigenous people. The Anangu have walked this land for thousands of years, and once held religious ceremonies here. They believe that the shape and physical features on this section of the monolith represent the activities of the Mala (or rufous hare wallaby), which they see as one of their ancestral beings, during the time of the Tjukurpa (creation time) …

» Sounds of Silence

Sounds of Silence, Ayers Rock

The nightly Sounds of Silence experience is hosted by the Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara. A gourmet meal is served under the stars, combining with red center hospitality, outback tales and stargazing for an unforgettable evening in the Australian outback. The white-linen and silver-service dinner is served at sunset, with the changing colors of Ayers Rock visible on the horizon from your table as evening falls. Prepared with a gourmet twist, the traditional outback meal …

» The Olgas (Kata Tjuta)

The Olgas (Kata Tjuta), Ayers Rock

The 36 domed red rocks known as the Olgas - or Kata Tjuta - dotting the desert are of huge cultural and spiritual significance to the Anangu people. Meaning 'many heads,' the huge rocks are separated by steep-sided gorges and valleys. Walking tracks lead around the area to lookouts, waterholes and picnic areas. The main trail is the Valley of the Winds, a 7.5 km loop, while the sunset lookout is an easy stroll from the car park for striking views of this surreal landscape …

» Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre

Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Ayers Rock

The drone of a didgeridoo, the chanting of the indigenous Anangu people, and the clapping sticks that drive their chanting and dancing can be heard as you approach the Tjukurpa Tunnel. This is your welcome to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Tjukurpa is the story and the spiritual law of the Anangu people, and the Tjukurpa Tunnel is where you are encouraged to begin building your understanding of their way of life before your visit to Uluru or Kata Tjuta …

» Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Ayers Rock

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a World Heritage Area and iconic Australian destination. Preserved within the park are two of Australia's most striking natural landmarks: Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Olgas (Kata Juta). The park is co-managed by the Anangu people and the Australian government. The traditional owners run walking tours through the park and co-manage the park's cultural center which provides valuable insights into the land's significance for Anangu culture …

» Valley of the Winds

Valley of the Winds, Ayers Rock

Like a vein through the heart of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the trail through rugged 'Valley of the Winds' is a scenic, mind-bending journey. Far less crowded than the trail at Uluru and in many ways more powerful, the Valley of the Winds traverses land that's used by Aborigines for traditional cultural ceremonies. It's a spot where the silence can often seem deafening - even in busier times of year - and the sun bathes the rocky Olgas in a deep, reddish hue. The first lookout is less than a mile from the main trailhead parking lot …

» Walpa Gorge (Olga Gorge)

Walpa Gorge (Olga Gorge), Ayers Rock

Walpa Gorge is the shortest and easiest trail in Kata Tjuta. For what it lacks in length, however, it makes up for in dramatic views looking out over sandstone domes. Far less crowded than popular Uluru, Kata Tjuta is where Aborigines still practice cultural ceremonies. There's a certain power to Kata Tjuta that emanates out of the rocks, and the 1.5 mile trail through the gorge is a way to experience the energy. Flowers here are in greater abundance than on neighboring Valley of the Winds, and the gorge is particularly scenic in afternoon when the valley is filled with light …

» Watarrka National Park

Watarrka National Park, Ayers Rock

Watarrka National Park protects one of the Northern Territory's most legendary destinations, Kings Canyon. It's a rocky red desert park of rugged geological formations and sheer-edged sandstone gorges plummeting to waterholes and unexpected oases of cycad palms. Walking trails lead to lookouts for views over the canyon, and there are picnic tables at the sunset-viewing area and Kathleen Springs. The overnight Giles Track takes you along the top of the range …

» Western MacDonnell Ranges

Western MacDonnell Ranges, Ayers Rock

In the heart of Australia's Red Centre lie the Western MacDonnell ranges. 1,500 kilometres south of Darwin and just west of the infamous Alice Springs, the western MacDonnell Ranges offer an enchanting look into an ancient culture and an even older landscape. The best ways to explore the often rugged territory are by 4WD, motor-home, or even on bike -a mode of transport that is surprisingly well catered for, with even the famous Simpson's Gap providing a seven kilometre section of sealed bike track …

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Nothing in Australia is as readily identifiable as Uluru (Ayers Rock). If you travel to Ayers Rock during the afternoon, it appears as an ocher-brown color, scored and pitted by dark shadows. As the sun sets, it illuminates the rock in burnished orange, then a series of deeper and darker reds before it fades into charcoal. Don't assume, however, that a distant glimpse of this geological marvel will suffice - a close-up, extended viewing of the rock's contours is a must

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Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory. Ayers Rock was named after the Premier of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers, but was originally known by it's aboriginal name of Uluru. Ayers rock is located in the Kata Tjutu National Park …

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