Uluru / Ayers Rock

Uluru / Ayers Rock is one of the most recognisable natural landmarks in the world. It is 9.4km around the base and stands tall at 348 metres. It is one of my most favourite landmarks in Australia. There are 2 locations set aside for photographing Uluru / Ayers Rock. These are the sunrise and sunset viewing platforms. The sunset viewing platform gives the most iconic photograph.

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There are 2 locations set aside for photographing Uluru / Ayers Rock. These are the sunrise and sunset viewing platforms. The sunset viewing platform gives the most iconic photograph. As I usually take hundreds of photographs in a session, it is quick amazing to see how the rock changes as the sunset, to the point it actually glows. It is something I am so glad I have witnessed first-hand. Another photograph I am most proud of is my star trails over Uluru / Ayers Rock. Sadly the national park closes at sunset and I was gently asked to finish up, otherwise, the trails would have been a little longer. But thanks to the rangers patients, I took the following photo over 40 minutes.

The second photo was taken from the sunrise viewing area. This photo is a panorama – stitched from 4 separate photographs. It is a more unusual view of the rock at sunrise.

Some interesting facts about Uluru / Ayers Rock:

  • The rock extends about several km into the ground
  • Uluru was named “Ayers Rock” by Europeans in 1873
  • In 2002 the Australian landmark officially changed its name to “Uluru / Ayers Rock”, it is one of the few dual-named geographical features in Australia.
  • Yulara is the resort on the edge of the national park. Yulara means “crying” or “weeping”.
  • Uluru / Ayers Rock is very close to the actual geographical centre of Australia.
  • Uluru / Ayers Rock is not the world’s largest monolith. It is Mt Augustus in Western Australia.