Uluru is more than just a rock in Australia’s red core. It is the country’s holy heart.
Many Australians associate Uluru with a variety of emotions. Indigenous Australians regard the rock as a holy site, similar to a church. For millions of years, tribes have gathered in Uluru, Australia, to perform ceremonies, which continues to this day.
Archaeologists estimate that the granite produced undersea 60 million years ago has been inhabited by human activities in this location of Australia’s Northern Territory for 10,000 years.
The land and rocks were originally owned by the indigenous Anangu people, stretching back more than 60,000 years, until 1873, when explorer William Gosse discovered the location and named it after Australia’s Southern Secretary General, Sir Henry Ayers.
Since then, the rock in Kata Tjuta National Park has been dubbed Ayers Rock and Uluru.
Uluru is protected due to its location within a National Park.
Uluru means “Big Stone” in English.
The Anangu people place a high value on the rock, which changes color throughout the day, most notably as the sun rises and sets.
The Anangu people conduct excursions during which tourists are told stories about the site’s Aboriginal dream times. These explain how the Aboriginal people came to be at Uluru.
For years, the inhabitants of Anangu have tried to dissuade climbing by placing a sign at the bottom that reads, “This is our home.” Please do not attempt to climb.”
The climbing route’s closure date is notable since it marks 34 years since the Australian government granted the land to Anangu.
Uluru is a sacred site because of the age and length of time the Anangu people have lived there, and it is thought to be the resting place of old spirits, giving it religious significance.
Surviving in such a desolate landscape is difficult for humans or rocks, but Uluru has thrived due of its uniformity.
The rock is home to a diverse range of animals, with 21 species of native mammals already inhabiting Uluru, while others have been introduced to the area and will now be able to enjoy their living environment free of human intrusion.
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