Posted by: danielfee | January 1, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 01-01-2012

Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) - Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru (Ayers Rock) from 25 miles away
Uluru – Climbing Trail
Uluru

After spending an exciting (actually there wasn’t much to do)  New Years Eve in the big town of Alice Springs, we headed out to spend New Years Day in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This World Heritage site is located 288 miles southwest of Alice Springs. At the west end of the park is Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) which are made up of 36 rock domes and their deep valleys and gorges. But the star of the park and one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia is the huge red monolith know as Uluru (Ayers Rock). This entire area is sacred to the Aboriginal people and in 1985 the park was handed back over to the indigenous owners and the sites resumed using their traditional names. Normally you can climb to the top of Uluru, which is 1,142 feet high and takes about 2 hours. But in one of the dryest places on earth it rained overnight so the climbing route was closed due to the path being slick. They will also close the climb when temperatures exceed 97 F (36 C) because each year several tourists die due to heart attacks or falls. We had to settle for the 3 mile hike around the rock. It certainly made for a memorable New Years Day.

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