Uluru is the iconic Australian monolith, known to most as Ayers Rock. Uluru has a powerful spiritual quality and as such, is considered a sacred site for the Indigenous people. While this majestic monolith is striking all on its own – the surrounding areas offer a geologically and culturally unique landscape to all those who dare to experience it. If you venture into the Red Centre, here are some of the other enchanting places that surround this magical place.
See: Kings Canyon
If you love camping, this is a prime location for those who love a slice of adventure. Kings Canyon is an ancient sandstone canyon located in the Watarrka National Park. Sculpted by the elements, Kings Canyon is remarkable in the way it acts as a refuge for many plants and animals. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the soaring rock faces and visit George Gill Range or take a walk among the many walking trails in the area, including The Canyon Walk (6km), Kings Creek Walk (2.6km) Giles Track (22km), and Kathleen Springs (2.6 km return).
Do: Camels in the Red Centre
There’s no better way to experience the Red Centre than on the back of a camel. Camelback riding is a great way to enjoy the surroundings as well as to satisfy your curiosities about the history of cameleers in Australia.
See: Kata Tjuta
The Olgas, or Kata Tjuta as they are formally known, are sacred rock domes which have a distinct glow during sunset and sunrise. You can take a stroll or hike up some more difficult trails to see some of the breathtaking panoramic views of this rock formation. You can also join a culture tour and learn more about its spiritual significance.
Most people know that Australia has some of the most unique wildlife in the world. But did you know that the area of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park alone has more than 415 plant species, 21 mammal species, 178 native bird species and thousands more reptile and insect species? There’s a good chance you’ll see and interact with many interesting animals as you venture the national park.
Do: Scenic flights
You can take to the skies by helicopter to experience a panoramic view of the great red land. See Uluru from all angles, the magnificent red expanse and the Mutitjulu waterhole. There are quite a few sites to see by aircraft including Lizard Safari, Kings Canyon and of course the famous Uluru.
See and do: Spiritual significance
Uluru holds tremendous spiritual significance for the Anangu people. It forms the focus of their spiritual life. The park on which the rock is situated is jointly managed by the Anangu and Parks Australia. The park is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area for both its natural and cultural values. You can learn more about the Dreamtime and other fascinating stories at the Cultural Centre.
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