- Posted July 9, 2014 by
Some Must-Knows About Ayers Rock Before Visiting This Remarkable Place
One of the most impressive and must-see landmarks in Australia is Ayers Rock. This is a large sandstone, rock formation situated in the Northern Territory of Central Australia. “The Remarkable Pebble” – this is the term used by explorer Ernest Giles to describe this huge sandstone. It is considered the 2nd largest monolith in the world (the first is Mount Augustus which is also found in Australia), with 318 meters high and 8,000 meters around. In fact, it even extends further than this amount below ground.
Significant Info About Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock is also known as “Uluru” – its Aboriginal name. It is about 335 kilometers to the southwest of Alice Spring (463 kilometers by road, the travel time usually is about 5 hours). It is served by the small resort town of Yulara. This is actually where tourists or visitors stay, either in hotel accommodation or camping.
If you plan to visit this impressive Australian landmark, you can climb the Ayers Rock as well as explore its base which is actually 10 kilometers by footpath. This would actually take a couple of hours there and back. If you are fit, it can indeed be done in just 20-30 minutes; however, this is not recommended during summer because of the extremely hot climate. Nothing compares the experience of watching the rock during sunrise and sunset when its terracotta hue transforms into a blue or violet tinge.
Other Outback Destinations In Australia
“Outback” refers to the most remote regions in Australia – and these include deserts. The best way you can appreciate and have memorable moments is to tour it on a four-wheel drive or in a rented car. These remote areas indeed have main roads; so if you are a tourist, you need not to plan much. But then, be reminded that isolated areas will require special preparation, and it is indeed best for you to have a reliable vehicle.
Kata Tjuta – This is the companion to Ayers Rock in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This is actually a collection of monoliths, and it is situated west of Uluru. This is better known as the “Olgas”. Although most visitors would visit this place after Ayers Rock, it might be best to visit this first so you will have time to enjoy the trails.
Kings Canyon – This is considered a worthy detour. Kings Canyon has 300m cliffs and a couple decent walks for those who want to stretch their legs. The main 2 are the Kings Creek Walk and the Rim Walk.