Australia is an amazingly huge country that is its own continent. In the very center of this continent sits a massive rock monolith that is approximately 540 million years old, and was originally named Uluru by the local Pitjantjatjara people. Uluru took on another name in the early 1870’s when an English surveyor discovered rock the monolith and then named it Ayers Rock after the then Chief Secretary of South Australia, Henry Ayers. From this point forward Uluru has also been known as Ayers Rock.

The distance to the summit of Uluru is not that far, but it is straight up! There is a chain that is attach to the rock-face which helps hikers navigate the steepest sections. If you prefer not to summit the ancient red rock there is also a great hike that follows a 10 km footpath around the circumference of Uluru.

The views are absolutely striking in all directions from both the summit of Uluru as-well-as the desert floor. If you are looking to capture some amazing photographs I would recommend waking up early to catch the sunrise from one of the many viewing platforms that are strategically placed throughout Uluru – Kata Tjuṯa National Park.