Right in the middle of the Simpson desert, also known as the Red Centre due to its red sand dunes, is Ayers Rock, the jewel of Australia. This monolith of red sandstone, 600 million years old, is 2 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and 1,148 feet high. Ayers Rock has always been a sacred site for the Aborigines and an object of fascination for visitors due to its imposing shape and subtle colours, which change in accordance with the meteorological conditions. 25 miles from there, the Olga Mounts show what Ayers Rock will be like in a few million years. Apart from the sites of Ayers Rock-Uluru and the Olgas-Kata Tjuta Mounts, the Northern Territory has superb national parks, such as the Nitmiluk-Katherine Gorge National Park with its impressive canyon, or the Kakadu National Park, which is famous for its rocky formations and crocodiles.
Ayers Rock is also known by its aboriginal name of Uluru© Sergei Uriadnikov / 123RF
The rock is one of the symbols of Australia© Ingrid Hogenbijl / 123RF
Ayers Rock is named after former Premier of South Australia, Henry Ayers© Vincent Leduc / Age Fotostock
In order to catch Ayers Rock at its best, it is advisable to visit at the end of the day, at sunset© Ingrid Hogenbijl / 123RF
Ayers Rock is part of the Uluru National Park© RFcompany - age fotostock