Join us and enjoy these 10 Uluru facts for kids. Uluru is vitally important to indigenous Australians, and also symbol of Australia for all people. So why not learn more about Ayers Rock with our Uluru Facts for Kids? We visited Uluru when our daughter was just one year old and the photos date from that trip.
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10 Uluru Facts For Kids
1. Ayers Rock, more correctly known by its Aboriginal indigenous name of Uluru, is a monolith located in the middle of the Australian outback. As such, to visit involves a decent amount of travel to get there. Click here to find out how to get to Uluru?
2. Popularly described as the world’s largest Monolith. This claim that is actually incorrect. That claim to fame belongs to Mt. Augustus in Western Australia.
3. Uluru is a sacred place of the Anangu Aborigines who have been in the area for around 10,000 years. Uluru is a family name that is used both for the actual monolith and the waterhole on top of the rock. The Anangu people belong to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara tribes and are recognized as the traditional owners of Uluru. They now make decisions about its management.
4. Uluru looms up abruptly from the desert plains, and technically is an inselberg (which means Island Mountain). Originally it would have been at the bottom of the sea many millions of years ago, but as the softer areas eroded away, the hard rock of the monolith was left behind!
5. Uluru is predicted to be approximately 600 million years old. Today it stands 348 m (1,142 ft) above the widespread flat plains around it and 863 m (2,831 ft) above sea level.
6. Uluru is not the only rock formation in Australia’s red centre! Kata Tjuta, (meaning Many Heads) consists of 36 dome shaped rock, and is a fascinating place to visit. It is thought that Kata Tjuta was once one massive monolith (like Uluru) but over millions of years eroded to the current 36 heads! Also known as “The Olgas” Kata Tjuta and Uluru are the major features within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
7. The colors of Uluru and Kata Tjuta change as the sun moves overhead, ranging from orange to a rich burgundy. The stunning tangerine-red color of Uluru is due to surface oxidation of its iron content. If you are visiting, making an effort to visit one or both sites at sunrise and sunset when the golden light of the sun brightens the red rocks.
8. Another interesting Uluru Facts for Kids is that Uluru or Ayers Rock is one of the few places in the world to have TWO World heritage listings. In 1987 it was made a Natural World Heritage site due to its unique geology. Then, in 1997, it was also put on the World Heritage site list as a cultural site due to its importance to the local Aborigines.
9. At the time of writing these Uluru Facts for Kids, it is not prohibited to climb Uluru. However, the local indigenous people ask you to respect their law and culture and NOT climb. BUT this is changing, read more in number 10 of our Uluru Facts for Kids.
According to Aboriginal tradition only special wise men within the tribe may climb the rock. Despite this, in 1964, the Australian government installed a chain making it easier for tourists to climb, which they have done in their thousands. Nowadays perhaps only 10% of visitors climb the rock.
10. The Uluru Rock climb will be closed in October 2019, marking the 34th anniversary of the return of Uluru to indigenous management. This is a momentous occasion and one that we, at World of Travels with Kids, wholeheartedly celebrate support!
We love this quote, that helps you understand the different way that indigenous people see the land!
“Whitefellas see the land in economic terms where Anangu see it as Tjukurpa. If the Tjukurpa is gone so is everything. We want to hold on to our culture. I f we don’t it could disappear completely in another 50 or 100 years. We have to be strong to avoid this. The government needs to respect what we are saying about our culture in the same way it expects us to abide by its laws. It doesn’t work with money. Money is transient; it comes and goes like the wind. In Anangu culture Tjukurpa is ever lasting.” From theconversation.com.
How Did We Get To Uluru?
We flew from Sydney to Alice Springs where we rented a Britz Campervan, equipped with all we needed for a weeks’ stay in the outback. We purchased all our essential supplies in Alice Springs before heading off, expecting that it would cost less than en route.
Our first stop was Erldunda Roadhouse, which is 244km to Uluru and a great place to break the journey. The have motel units and caravan sites. Check here for the current prices and more information about Erldunda Roadhouse.
If camping is not your thing? Check below for other Ayers Rock accommodations.
We would still recommend driving from Alice Springs which gives you an amazing perspective of the Australia outback, and just how big this country is! At Erldunda, there’s a variety of accommodation options – camping, powered and unpowered caravan sites, backpacker’s accommodation (very basic) and very nice motel rooms.
If you are looking for great accommodation options in Alice Springs, check the latest prices and options here.
How To Get To/From Uluru
By far the easiest and most time efficient way to get to Uluru is to fly from either Sydney or Melbourne. Book early for very reasonably priced tickets.
If you drive from Alice Springs (like we did) it is entirely accessible via sealed roads, and you only need a 2WD to do this! Keeping in mind that if you do hire a 2wd don’t try to take it off road!
- If you are up for a longer road trip you could drive the Stuart Highway if you’re coming up from Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide. This is still a sealed route and well trafficked.
- Western Australian’s could take the Great Central Road that heads out from Laverton but you would need to have some bush experience plus have a well-equipped 4wd. The Great Central Road is a mostly unsealed Australian outback highway that runs 1126 km from Laverton, Western Australia to Yulara, Northern Territory (near Uluru/Ayers Rock)
Where To Stay In Uluru/Ayers Rock Accommodation
There are a few different options if you want to stay close to the actual “rock”. Ayers Rock Resort offers all styles of accommodation and is a great Ayers rock accomodation. From campsites and cabins to simple hotels to apartments and, eventually, a “six-star” luxury hotel, Sails in the Desert. Then, off-site, is Longitude 131 — super-luxury tents that take desert camping to a whole new option.
The family friendly, budget option is Outback Pioneer Hotel. Rooms offer air conditioning and heating and allow you access to all the amenities of Ayers Rock Resort. They have budget rooms and multi-bed dormitories. Rate depend on accommodation. Check here for current prices at the the Outback Pioneer Hotel.
We stayed at the Ayers Rock Campground with our trusty Britz campervan! This is also an alternative choice to other Ayers Rock accommodations.
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