Ayers Rock Australia

Ayers Rock AustraliaAyers Rock  Australia

Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation to the southwest of Alice Springs,

Australia.  It stands 348 m (1,142 ft) high, 2,831 ft above sea level, and measures 9.4 km (5.8 mi) in circumference.  Kata Tjuta, a group of 36 large domed rock formations is also in the vicinity and the two wonders make up Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park. 

Uluru is one of Australia’s most recognized natural icons and is a
major tourist attraction.  The rock is mainly composed of coarse-grained arkose, which is a type of sandstone.  You can find many animal species in this area, including the Common Brushtail Possum, Rufous Hare-wallaby, Bilby,Burrowing Bettong, and the Black-flanked Rock-wallaby.

The geology of Uluru is astounding, as there are many springs, waterholes, rock caves, and ancient engravings.  It gets hot in this area during the summer, but the surrounding towns and resorts provide great accommodations.  Since becoming a World Heritage Site, annual visitor numbers have been on the rise with Uluru receiving 400,000 tourists each year.  The Aṉangu request that visitors do not photograph certain sections of Uluru.