This monolithic rock is the largest in the world. It is truly a great place to visit. It was, and still is the spiritual center for the ancient Aborigines. The Aborigines are the first people to have seen the great, red rock, possibly as far back as 20,000 years ago. The rock is also known as Uluru or “Giant Pebble,” in the native tongue. Sunrise and sunset is a must-see in this part of the world.
The rock rises 1,142 feet up into the air and has a 5 mile circumference. The otherwise featureless plain is also a great place to see the native wildlife, including the famous kangaroo.
Climbing is not prohibited, but is quietly discouraged by the Aborigines as a result of the religious significance of the site. There is a 511 square mile park surrounding the rock in which hiking, trekking, and camping is extremely popular. The best times to travel here is from March to May and September to November, or during the dry season.