Posted: December 27, 2018 07:00
A backpackers guide to Uluru: Five reasons to visit Uluru
A sacred location of the Aboriginal creation mythology, Uluru is a sandstone monolith steeped in mystery and blessed with stunning views. The monolith’s cliffs, caves and crevices are adorned with engravings that unravel tales of Australia’s ancestors. Hopes of catching a sunset or sunrise at Uluru is reason enough to visit the area. At these moments, the entire landscape gets submerged in effervescent colours of the sun and and the monolith glows red. For Australia’s aboriginal people, this ancient rock formation symbolizes their culture and spirituality. Uluru is simply a powerful icon of Australia. If you want experience this amazing wonder up close and personal, join one of our Uluru tours and brave the journey.
Here are five reasons to visit Uluru and things you need to know
Uluru has been standing tall for over 600 million years
Once upon 600 million years ago, Uluru began to form under the sea, soaking up the mysteries of the world. Today, it rises 348m above the desert and commands awe. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Uluru is one of the world’s incredible natural wonders. The ancient paintings found in the area testify to its historical significance.
Visiting Uluru will be an epic adventure
The bulk of the rock formation lies underground. The nearest large town to Uluru is Alice Springs which lies about 445 kilometers away. Uluru lies west of Simpson Desert and the Red Centre is not too far away from the area. The area around the sandstone formation is scattered with natural springs, caves and waterholes. In true backpackers dream and a real epic adventure. While visiting Uluru you’ll be taken to explore the natural formations around Uluru and snap some great instagram worth photos.
Uluru base walks take around 2 hours
Walking is probably the most authentic manner to explore Uluru up close and personal. Tours to the area often invite travellers to absorb the details of its rugged beauty and learn to appreciate the rich culture of the region by simply taking time to walk. You can finish the Uluru base walk in about 2 hours. During your walk, you’ll no doubt get to encounter some of the local wildlife. Although the landscape looks pretty rugged and deserted the area around Uluru is packed with flora, fauna and little critters.
Catch a glimpse of the unique Australian culture
From time immemorial, Uluru’s significance has been deeply woven into the culture and spirituality of the traditional landowners of the area, Anangu. As you walk about the area, you can learn fascinating details of the creation mythology involving Uluru, its fissures and cracks as well as Anangu customs. The land is managed jointly by Anangu and Parks Australia.
The awe-inspiring natural environment
The dry and arid natural environment of Uluru is home to a range of wild animals including birds, lizards, snakes, Kangaroo’s, wild camels and unique plant life. A number of endangered species call Uluru home and can be found in the park. Anangu people still hunt the more common animals such as the red Kangaroo, Bush Turkey and Perentie. They also use certain trees in the area such as bloodwood and mulga to make traditional weapons such as boomerangs and even wooden bowls. The most fascinating detail about Uluru is that it appears to change hues during different times of the day. Time your visit to catch a sunset or a sunrise to see this almost magical rock formation in a glory of crimson.