Australia by Campervan -- Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Posted on 12 August 2009

campervan hire australiaIt's one of those things high on a tourist's checklist -- to climb Ayers Rock. Recently, the Australian Government has been debating whether to ban tourists from climbing "The Rock" (as locals know it). It's a hot debate that has actually been going on for many years -- if climbing is banned, will tourists still travel all that way just to see it?

Here's some more information on Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, sourced from Wikipedia.
  • Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia
  • It is 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs; 450 km (280 mi) by road
  • Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area
  • Uluru is listed as a World Heritage Site
  • In 1993, a dual naming policy was adopted that allows both the traditional Aboriginal name and the English name
  • Uluru appears to change colour as the different light strikes it at different times of the day
  • Average temperatures are 37.8 °C (100.0 °F) in the summer and 4.7 °C (40.5 °F) in the winter
  • Archaeological findings to the east and west indicate that humans settled in the area more than 10,000 years ago
  • The local Aṉangu do not climb Uluru because of its great spiritual significance
  • In 2009, the Australian government indicated that climbing Uluru may no longer be allowed under the proposed "Draft Management Plan 2009-2019". The public has been invited to comment on the plan prior to submission

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