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Ayres Rock or Uluru as it is now known is one of the great wonders of the world. With most of its bulk below the surface, similar to an iceberg, Uluru stands 348 metres high. Measuring 2.4 kilometres long and 1.6 kilometres wide, Uluru is 867 kilometres above sea level and consists of mineral rich sandstone.
Early explorations in the area in 1872 led to the discovery by Gosse in 1873 and being named Ayres Rock. By the late 1800s, pastoralists were establishing themselves in the area leading to violent confrontations over the depletion of bush food from grazing and drought. In 1920, the Australian Government declared the Kata Tjuta National Park area of Ayres Rock as an Aboriginal Reserve. The eventual handover and ownership of the now known Uluru was transferred to the Pitjantjatjara Aborigines in 1985.
A sacred site with great spiritual meaning for the Anangu the traditional Aboriginal owners, each feature of the rock has significance to the creation of the world or dreamtime. The aboriginals believe that Uluru (Ayres Rock) is inhabited by ancestral ‘beings’ and their actions and deeds have been recorded at many other sites.
Today, Uluru (Ayres Rock) is a must do pilgrimage to experience the walk to the top. Tours and guides are provided for the trek with wonderful views and scenic panorama laid out before you.
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The Alice Springs Cup Carnival is the racing heart of Central Australia. Held in April and May over a four week period, a program of five race days overlooking the magnificent MacDonnell Ranges. Starting with a food and wine day, the Cup Carnival continues with live music and a Ladies Day. Take the family to the Family Fun Day with pony rides, jumping castles, face painting and even a kids Fashion of the Field. The fun does not stop there, with a luncheon, Red Centre Yearling Sale and Gala Black Tie Ball.
A week long celebration of local heritage, the Alice Springs Heritage Festival is held in April. A kaleidoscope of events to enjoy, take your pick. Enjoy a meal and a show at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame. The Heritage Bus Tour will take you on a stimulating and enjoyable journey of local heritage properties. Historical St Mary’s Chapel has a Mural Tour, view the mural painted in 1956 by Hungarian artist Robert Czako. Enjoy Heritage Night at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station with activities and displays of yesteryear.
There are many activities and events happening each month at Ayers Rock. A trip to the local Visitors Bureau will provide you with all the latest information on what is happening here at Uluru.
holidays - How to Get There
Qantas, Qantaslink and Jetstar provide daily flights directly into Ayers Rock. Flights start from Brisbane and connect through Sydney, Cairns and Perth. Tiger Airways have available flights to Alice Springs from Adelaide and Melbourne.