Interesting facts about Uluru
Ayres Rock is officially known as
Uluru since it was handed over to the Aboriginals in the 1980′s.
Ernest Giles travelled through the area in 1872 and named both Lake Amadeus and Mount Olga. Giles returned to the area in 1873 but was beaten to Uluru by William Gosse who sighted the monolith on 19 July and named it after the Chief Secretary of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers. Giles also was the first European to climb the rock which he did accompanied by an Afghan camel driver named Khamran.
Ayers Rock was created a national park in 1950
Nearest Urban Centre: Alice Springs, NT (337km away)
Nearest Airport: Ayers Rock Airport (8.2km away Dialing Code: 08 (+61 8 from overseas
Nearest Train Station: Boyanda (179km away)
Time Zone: ACST – Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+9.5)
Locality: Alice Springs (Uluru is approx 450klms from Alice Springs)State: Northern Territory (capital: Darwin is 1395km away)
Uluru is 862.5 metres above sea level
Uluru has an area of 3.33 sq. km and a circumference of 9.4 km
Local Aborigines regard it as a sacred site.
The notes on the history of Uluru National Park explain the Aboriginal understanding of Uluru in the following terms: ‘In the beginning the world was unformed and featureless. Ancestral beings emerged from this void and journeyed widely, creating all the living species and the characteristic features of the desert landscape you see today. Uluru and Kata Tjuta provide physical evidence of feats performed during the creation period. Anangu are the direct descendants of these beings and are responsible for the protection and appropriate management of these ancestral lands. The knowledge necessary to fulfill these responsibilities has been passed down from generation to generation from the Tjukurpa.’ An excellent and more detailed account of the Aboriginal history of Uluru appears in Robert Layton’s Uluru: An Aboriginal History of Ayers Rock published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies in 1986.
Dick smith spent 6 weeks in helicopters looking for the Gold Seam
Lasseter spent time in Africa & applied his knowledge to find the gold seam in Australia.
Africa used to be attached to Australia in Gondwanaland days-the Gold seams run through Africa & Australia consistently & can be measured scientifically.