The difference between Uluru and Ayers Rock is nothing except the former was named by the Aborigines and the later by the Europeans who came later. Located 280 miles from Alice Springs, we took a bus.
The bus trip provided the means to see more of the Outback. On the way we saw cattle with no fences, wild camels with no boundaries, and a place that breeds camels and allowed us to take a ride.
It is estimated that there are over 300,000 feral camels in Australia. They were brought here in the 1800s for colonization of the Outback. They have done quite well surviving here.
We got to Uluru in time to celebrate sunset at the rock with a champagne reception.
Uluru is a sandstone formation in the center of the Outback. It is a holy place for the Anangu tribe of Australia’s aboriginal people. It wasn’t even seen by the Europeans until 1873. They renamed it Ayers Rock.
Today it stands over 1100 feet high in the desert, but it once stood at the bottom of the sea. It is estimated to be over 600 million years old.
The monolith is over 2 miles long and 1.2 miles wide. It was formed as the hard rock of a mountain left over from the erosion of the softer parts of the mountain. It has a lot of iron, thus its red color.
The next day we visited the rock, learning about the dreamtime (creation) stories that the formations describe for the local tribe. It also made a wonderful place for photography. Uluru is located in the Uluru/Kata-Tjuta National Park.
The next day we traveled to another nearby rock formation called Kata-Tjuta/the Olgas. This was a group of dome shaped rocks, one of which was over 1,700 feet high. The rocks were once parts of a single monolith.
I was impressed that my youngest daughter knew all about Uluru. I had never heard of it. I loved it, but Chuck after seeing the second formation said, “I think I’ve seen enough rocks now.”