Uluru-Kata Tjuta, sacred land in Australia

30 October, 2014 0 Comments

Uluru helicopter view

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock

One of the most stunning natural environments of Australia is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which is located in Northern Territory. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Park, considered a sacred place, is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1987. This Australian national park owes its name to the two fascinating natural formations that are found in its territory: the huge rock of Uluru, known as Ayers Rock and the rock formations of Kata Tjuta, located to the west of the park.

– Uluru

It is a large sandstone rock formation which juts out from the centre of the desert. Has 350 meters high and almost 10 kilometres of contour. It is famous for its color changes depending on the time of the day. The best picture you can get it at dusk, when it appears bright red and is much more impressive. This rock formation is still considered a sacred place by the natives and there are many legends that speak of it. In addition, many samples of ancient rock art have been found here, mainly in the caves that there is around its base.

– Kata Tjuta

Forty kilometres to the west is the rocky ridge of Kata Tjuta, another sacred site for aboriginal people of this region, also known as Mount Ola or “The Olgas”. It is composed of 36 domes, which occupy an area of 21.68 km2. Mount Olga is the highest point.

Kata Tjuta

Kata Tjuta

Apart from these two colossal geological formations, the park offers the opportunity to learn in its Cultural Centre, where you can learn about the history of the park and observe samples of paintings of the aboriginal culture of this area, the Anangu, as well as photos and renderings of the flora and fauna.

Photo 1: Corey Leopold
Photo 2: Reflexio

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