A description of Australia’s national landscapes calls The Red Centre “the physical and metaphysical center of the country”, rich in Aboriginal culture and breathtaking natural monuments. The area contains distinctive desert wildlife, including many rare species of mammals, birds and reptiles and is one of the most beautiful regions of the vast Australian outback. In addition to the dusty red roads and gigantic blocks of rock, the landscape has green vegetation and abundant waterholes.
Uluru (Ayers Rock), located in the Red Centre and named Uluru by the indigenous people, is one of Australia’s most impressive and iconic landmarks and is a World Heritage site. The red sandstone rock is the world’s largest monolith, 348 meters (1141 feet) high and 1.9 km (1.2 miles) wide, covering an area of 3.33km (1.29 miles).
Throughout the Red Centre are many sites that are sacred to the indigenous Anangu people; Uluru is regarded as the most important one and was created during Dreamtime.
Dreamtime denotes the Aboriginal concept of creation and is the core of everything, embodying the essence of their spirituality, culture, society and traditions.
Uluru dreamtime believes that “the world was a featureless place until the ancestors of the Anangu emerged and travelled across the land, creating the features like Uluru that we see today. Uluru (Ayers Rock) represents the physical evidence of their time on the earth and is seen as one of their most dramatic and inspiring creations.”
Uluru (Ayers Rock) attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year and is famous for its changing colors at different times of year and times of day. The colors are most dramatic at sunrise and sunset when the rock appears to glow an almost supernatural reddish tone.
The local Anangu Aboriginal people consider Uluru (Ayers Rock) to be a place of immense power; to these indigenous people it is the center of the universe and home of Mother Earth. From the earliest times the Anangu have created carved drawings on Ayers Rock that are now considered national cultural treasures.
Wayoutback Australian Safaris offers a variety of safari tours that immerse you in the local culture and bring you up close and personal to the local flora and fauna, including tours of Uluru (Ayers Rock). You can design your own trip by choosing they type of accommodation style you prefer, from bush camping to five star hotels
No trip through the Australian Outback is complete without spending some time at this sacred site. To be at Uluru is to experience unparalleled magic and majesty, arising from a place of magnificent solitude: Australia’s Red Centre. It is home to the most astonishing landscapes on earth.