Uluru is also known as Ayers Rock which was created over some 600 million years ago. Uluru lies west of the Simpson Desert, not far from the ‘Red Centre’ of Australia, about 335kms southwest of Alice Springs. It originally sat at the bottom of a sea, but today stands 348m above ground with a circumference of 9.4 kilometres and is one of the largest monoliths in the world.
Uluru is about 3.6kms long and 1.9kms wide and largely made up of sandstone. The surface is generally flat and made up of valleys, ridges, caves and weird shapes that were created through erosion over millions of years. Surface oxidation of its iron content gives the would-be grey Uluru a striking orange-red hue. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.