Yulara, Kata Tjuta and Uluru
24th Sep. 2010
Today we saw two of the "Outback Highlights" (although, to be honest, my absolute highlight in the outback was Kings Canyon).
First we drove to Kata Tjuta, where we wanted to go hiking. Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are a group of 36 hills, that were created about 550 million years ago. The highest point is "Mount Olga", reaching a height of 1,069 metres. The name "Olgas" was inspired by Queen Olga of Württemberg. In relatively hot weather the hike was pretty strenuous, but the rewards afforded by the landscape were a just compensation.
After our hike in Kata Tjuta we drove to Uluru - one of the most well-known symbols of Australia. Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation, with a height of 863 metres, rising out of the middle of the desert. Uluru is approximately 3km long and 2km wide, with a total circumference of approximately 9km. Uluru is a sacred site for the local Aborigines. After a walk around the base of Uluru, as with almost all tourists to the area, we sat an marvelled at the changing colours of Uluru at sunset.