Uluru Ayers Rock
Incredible Must See Sacred Places
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It’s no longer “Please Don’t Climb”, it is law as of October 2019 that Uluru, also called Ayer’s Rock, in the southern section of the Northern Territory in Australia. Regarded as a sacred site by indigenous Australian peoples, the sandstone monolith is in fact a natural formation, not a man-made tribute, that is believed to have begun existing about 550 million years ago.
The nearest town is Alice Springs, some 450 kilometres (279 miles) away across the arid landscape, and as such, a collection of accommodations (hotels and campgrounds) has been installed about 15 kilometres from the rock. Visitors will find comfort there, and organized tours heading out to Ulura daily.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Uluru/Ayer’s Rock rises starkly in its red colour above the flat plain of Uluru-Katu Tjuta National Park, its elevation at 863 metres. Why it necessarily became an indigenous sacred place is the subject of speculation, but when you bear witness to this terrain anomaly, there is a definite sense of otherworldliness to it, an amazing sacred place in its own right.