Ayers Rock March 2005

Me on the very top.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) 

2¼ miles long, 1½ miles wide and 348m high, Uluru is made from a single piece of sandstone which extends a further 3 miles below the desert surface. It is composed of sedimentary rock with its layers surprisingly running vertical with the oldest layer on the left and the youngest on the right.

 

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)  seen in the background of the photo on the right & below.

This rock formation is one of the only features that break up the monotonous landscape visible from the top of Uluru but you have to drive up to it to get a view like this as it is around 25 miles away. Kata Tjuta is another sacred Aboriginal site. Its name means “many heads” as it is composed of many eroded sandstone domes. There are a couple of walks which tourists are allowed to go on including “the valley of the winds”  Its surface looks very different to Uluru's as this sandstone formation is from a different geological era.

Uluru (Ayers Rock)