Ayers Rock, named after Sir Henry Ayers (Chief Secretary of South Australia) is now more popularly known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru. Standing 348m high and believed to extend 3.5 miles under the surface, it is often climbed by tourists to the area. This access to a very spiritual area was granted as a condition of the Australian governments agreement to hand the land back to the indigenous Anangu people, however as the climbing track crosses an important 'dreaming track' the climbing is an act that causes great sorrow for the Aboriginal people.
The rock is the source of many Aboriginal legends which tell of great events and sacred creatures, many of which are depicted in the cave paintings found here.
The Ayers Rock area has accommodation, modern amenities and an airport and is host to almost half a million visitors a year.
To learn more about the history or to plan your trip, please visit Ayers Rock website.
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