AUSTRALIA -->  AYERS ROCK  
 
When millions of people travel over 2,000km through the desert to see a rock it's got be fairly impressive. In fact once you've seen Ayers Rock, or to give it its correct Aboriginal name, Uluru, the most common question people will ask you is "is it worth it?" The answer is irrefutably yes. Perhaps it's the famous way that the Rock changes colour, through an almost magical spectrum of red to lilac and then charcoal at sunset. It may be the fact that Ayers Rock is literally in the middle of nowhere and soars out of the flat wilderness like a mythical island. It could be the ancient spirit that it embodies - making it a true wonder of the world. However it is probably just the sheer scale of it. The millions of photos taken every year rarely prepare you for the first approach as you become rapidly dwarfed by its enormity. After all, it is 3.6km long, 340m high and a leg-aching 9.4km all the way around the base.

At this size Ayers Rock is undoubtedly the heavyweight attraction here but the surrounding landscape has something spectacular to offer the sightseer in every direction. The spellbinding Olgas (Kata Tjuta), King's Canyon (Watarrka) and Palm Valley all lie in the vicinity. So don't think you will be heading into the Red Centre simply to see Uluru. There's plenty more to keep you occupied here.


SIGHTSEEING
Cultural Centre
Ayers Rock (Uluru)
The Olgas (Kata Tjuta)
King's Canyon
 
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