Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory
According to the spiritual beliefs of the Anangu People, the traditional owners of Uluru, there are many important sites around Uluru that are sacred or secret significance. Because of this, the Anangu have asked visitors to show respect and not climb Uluru. Visitors are permitted to walk around the monolith, and that’s fine with us.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board unanimously voted to ban tourists from climbing the sacred rock from October 26, 2019.
Uluru rises 348 meters above the plain, more than 860 meters above sea level. Walk right around the base of Uluru, you’ll cover the circumference of 9.4 kilometers or 5.8 miles.
Uluru is made up of coarse-grained arkose (a type of sandstone) that was laid down in horizontal layers. These layers eventually hardened, were uplifted and then tilted almost 90 degrees upwards to their present position.
The rock formation is an Inselberg– German for ‘island mountain’ – a prominent geological structure that rises from the surrounding plain.
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