Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km southwest of the nearest large town, Alice Springs, 450 km by road. Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park. Uluru is sacred to the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site.
The bright orange and red colour of the sand and rock are due to the high content of iron oxide (rust!) minerals. The Uluru climb is still an option, although it a strenuous and demanding climb which can be very treacherous (35 people have died here). Nowadays, the traditional owners of the land make it know that they would prefer you not to climb the rock, whereas when we visited about 15 years ago, it was something that one had to do.
This post is part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.