Ayers Rock Tours / Uluru Facts

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AYERS ROCK TOURS / ULURU - INTERESTING FACTS

Australia has many famous landmarks however, Uluru is arguably the most iconic.

Our Ayers Rock Tours ideas visit this amazing monelith which boasts some incredible statistics.  It was created over 600 million years ago and originally sat at the bottom of the sea but today, stands some 348 metres above the ground.

LOCATION OF ULURU

  • 335 kms as the crow flies from Alice Springs
  • 463 kms by road from Alice Springs
  • West of the Simpson Desert and not far from the Red Centre of Australia

SIZE OF ULURU

  • 348 metres high (1,140ft)
  • 863 metres above sea level (2,830ft)
  • 3.6km long (2.2miles)
  • 1.9km wide (1.2miles)
  • 9.4km around the base
  • Extends several km / miles into the ground but no one actually knows how far

Ayers Rock Tours Facts

THE AYERS ROCK / ULURU NAME

  • Names Ayers Rock in 1873 by WIlliam Gosse after Sir Henry Ayers
  • Aboriginal and official name is Uluru

AYERS ROCK TOURS INFORMATION

  • The walk to the top of Uluru is 1.6km however not recommended out of respect for the Aboriginal people and the cultural significance of the landmark 
  • The base walk around Uluru is 10km and is normally completed in 3.5 hours
  • There are Aboriginal Cave paintings around Ayers Rock that you could take pictures during an Ayers Rock adventure tour.
  • Uluru is in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park which was formed in 1958
  • The Aboriginal people of this land are the "Anangu" and they have lived here for at least 30,000 years
  • When visiting Uluru you may see Anangu people doing dot painting, performing Inma (traditional dance and song), telling stories or gathering bush tucker
  • Uluru rock art is thought to date back at least 5,000 years
  • There are over 400 types of plant species

ULURU / AYERS ROCK WILDLIFE

  • 21 Mammal species
  • 73 Reptile species
  • 178 bird species
  • 4 types of frogs

TEMPERATURE ON AYERS ROCK TOURS / AT ULURU

  • Summer it can get really hot - like 47 degrees celsius (over 116 fahrenheit)
  • Winter at night time can get as low as minus 7 degrees celsius (19 fahrenheit)
  • Generally the winter days are in the mid 20's (celsius)

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Around 250,000 people a year visit Uluru on Ayers Rock Tours or self driving
  • Ernest Giles was the first European person to sight the moneliths in the area - but that was Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in 1872
  • William Gosse was the first European person to sight Uluru - and name it in 1873
  • 37 people have lost their life climbing Uluru since 1950
  • Uluru has been voted as one of Australia's top 10 places to see a sunset
  • Uluru is taller than the Eiffel Tower and nearly 4 times the height of the Statue of Liberty, and over double the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • The National Park fee to visit Uluru is $25
  • Uluru was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987

For more information, visit our Ayers Rock and Ulruru Tours page.