Uluru

Uluru (/ˌləˈr/; Pitjantjatjara: Uluṟu [ˈʊ.lʊ.ɻʊ]), also known as Ayers Rock (/ɛərz/ airz) and officially gazetted as Uluru / Ayers Rock,[1] is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs.

Uluru
Ayers Rock
Aerial view of Uluru in 2007
Highest point
Elevation863 m (2,831 ft)
Prominence348 m (1,142 ft)
Coordinates25°20′42″S 131°02′10″E
Naming
Native nameUluṟu  (Pitjantjatjara)
Geography
Uluru
Uluru
Uluru (Australia)
Geology
Age of rock550–530 Ma
Mountain typeInselberg
Type of rockArkose
Official nameUluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park
Criteriav,vi,vii,ix
Reference447
Inscription1987 (11th Session)

Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area, known as the Aṉangu. The area around the formation is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park.

Uluru is one of Australia's most recognisable natural landmarks and has been a popular destination for tourists since the late 1930s. It is also one of the most important indigenous sites in Australia.