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Uluru & Surrounds
At 348 metres high, Uluru is one of the world’s largest monoliths, towering over the surrounding landscape and some 550 million years old. Feel the connection to the land as this iconic rock formation hides ancient wisdom and diverse plant and animal life. For the local Aboriginal people, the Anangu, World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park holds a special cultural significance where earth and memories exist as one.
Made of sandstone, Uluru is often referred to as the heart of the ‘Red Centre’ and is one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks. The colours change before your eyes.
Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), is part of the Red Centre. Soaring rock domes which are most impressive at sunrise and sunset. Kata Tjuta are located approximately 40km west of Uluru. Choose from a number of walking trails that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks. The Valley of the Winds Walk is the longest of the walking trails – a moderately difficult track with breath taking views. 7.4 km circuit is worth the effort, but it is very steep in some places. Anangu are the traditional owners of ‘Kata Tjuta’, meaning ‘many heads’, this area is sacred and forms an important focus of their spiritual life.
Watarrka National Park is only three hours’ drive from Uluru, and is home to Kings Canyon, featuring 300 metre high sandstone walls, palm-filled crevices, and views that stretch across the desert. The Kings Canyon Rim Walk is a six-kilometre circuit will take you down into the Garden of Eden, a beautiful rockhole surrounded by rare plants, before ascending to 360 degree panoramic views over the red sand dunes. this walk requires you to be relatively fit, the view from the top is worth it. The Rim Walk will take 3-4 hours and is best tackled at sunrise before the temperature rises.
Between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, ‘Alice’ is famous for its beautiful desert landscapes, colourful outback characters, opportunities for adventure and a strong Aboriginal culture. Explore the area on a camel, visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, learn about the animals of the region or enjoy the local art a galleries. There is something for everyone in Alice Springs.