Destination: Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Introducing Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Named after Sir Henry Ayers by William Gosse in 1873, tourists with a sense of adventure – and Aussies whose life mission it is to finally tick this place off their bucket list – are the kind of like-minded souls you’ll meet in Uluru.
Let’s cut to the chase: Ayers Rock was created over some 600 million years, originally sitting at the bottom of a sea – incredible to imagine as today it stands 348m above ground. Another gape-worthy fact: around 2.5km of its bulk is in fact underground.
Located west of the Simpson Desert, it’s about 335km south-west of Alice Springs, and 463km by road. It’s one of the most imposing natural wonders on the planet, but not the biggest: Mount Augustus in Western Australia is the winner of that title.
There is so much to experience in this vast, world-renowned expanse. It almost didn’t make the cut on Oprah Winfrey’s epic Australian itinerary, until music icon Paul Simon told her she simply must visit. Oprah took his advice, and found her connection to the Indigenous community was one of the most important spiritual experiences of her life.