a photo essay of uluru

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Once commonly known as Ayers Rock it is now better known by its indigenous name of Uluru.

Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians.

This magnificent monolith that is located in the Australia Red Centre is 340 metres high and has a circumference of about 9.4 km.  Made from hard red sandstone, it doesn’t stay red all the time – Uluru changes colour during sunrise and sunset and is a sight certainly worth witnessing. It is at its brightest red in the middle of the day.

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We were fortunate to walk around part of the base of Uluru and looking up, is really something. An experience we will never forget. It still gives us goosebumps thinking about our time here as it really was so extraordinary and magical.

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was listed as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1987.

To see the other UNESCO sites we have visited, visit our unofficial bucket list

Hope you enjoy our photo essay of Uluru 🙂

Have you visited Uluru? Or is it on your bucket list?

We welcome your comments here.

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69 thoughts on “a photo essay of uluru

    worldjourneysdiscover said:
    March 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Lovely pics – it really is a very special place

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 16, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Hey there 🙂 Hope you have been well! Uluru is not only great to look at but also has a great ambience to go with, huh?

    […] published a photo essay recently on Uluru if you want to see more […]

    Gypsy Bev said:
    February 28, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Great photos with such beautiful shades of red. I can only dream of being there. Have to ask if it is an energy vortex like some of the red rocks in Sedona.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      March 2, 2015 at 8:22 am

      It is a spiritual sacred place to Indigenous Australians but we are not aware of energy vortexes like those of Sedona *sigh* We really need to get ourselves to Sedona!

    Kendra S said:
    February 28, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Love it. It is definitely on my list the next time I’m in Australia! Are people allowed to climb it still? I’ve heard not since it is a sacred spot….

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 28, 2015 at 7:22 am

      Hey Kendra – glad to hear that it’s a “next time” in there 😉 Well, they advise that you don’t climb but it is up to the traveller to do so at their own risk. This was back in 2013 so things may have since changed then!

        Kendra S said:
        February 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        Yep, I barely scratched the surface when i went a few yrs ago! At least a few more visits are warranted, I think 🙂

    ourworldheritagebe said:
    February 26, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Great pictures! If we ever get to Australia, this will be a must- see for us 👍

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 27, 2015 at 11:57 am

      If?? It is WHEN you get to Australia!! You guys will have to come and meet us in Sydney.. or we have to get to Ghent….. It will eventually have to be both 😉

        ourworldheritagebe said:
        February 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

        Agreed on that! When you guys fly to Europe, what’s the cheapest option for fly-throughs?

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          February 28, 2015 at 7:23 am

          We either stop in Singapore or Dubai – we haven’t tried any other route as yet. We have heard via South Korea or Vietnam as being cheap options but we haven’t really explored those. 🙂

    Sha said:
    February 26, 2015 at 11:19 am

    It’s one of my to go places in Australia, I love the historical background of it but hope to catch it in person one day..😄

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

      It will only be a matter of time, right?? Hope it’s soon that you get to visit 🙂

    LyndaS said:
    February 26, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I have not been there, but would love to go and see it up close. Your pictures are WONDERFUL!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Lynda – Hope you do come over here one day 🙂

    the eternal traveller said:
    February 25, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Fantastic photos. They really show how the rock changes as the day goes on. We haven’t been there yet but hopefully we’ll get there eventually.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      We are sure you will get there one day. We did this trip on a very spur of the moment trip for a long weekend in April a few years ago. It was totally worth it 🙂

      Thank you so much for complimenting our photos!

        the eternal traveller said:
        February 25, 2015 at 10:59 pm

        I hope we do go one day. It won’t be this year though. Our holidays are already planned.

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          February 25, 2015 at 11:01 pm

          Ooohhh…. where to?? Or is that a secret? Or have we missed an announcement on your blog?

            the eternal traveller said:
            February 26, 2015 at 7:03 am

            Ha ha, that got your attention. No, you haven’t missed any announcements. We have plans for each of the school holidays right up to next January…very exciting. Two are week-long holidays, one is a massive road trip and the last is an overseas meet up with some other bloggers. Can’t wait!

            wisemonkeysabroad responded:
            February 26, 2015 at 7:19 am

            Oooh wow! How very exciting! Good for you 🙂

            the eternal traveller said:
            February 26, 2015 at 7:33 am

            I’m not the Eternal Traveller for nothing…gotta have something to look forward to.!

            wisemonkeysabroad responded:
            February 26, 2015 at 9:10 am

            Yeh… fair enough 😉

    irvingw54 said:
    February 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Such a great place. I have been exploring the topic too on ourshadowswillremIn.com. Take a look at my posts on the subject here http://ourshadowswillremain.com/2014/12/18/uluru/

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing your post! It’s a very spiritual and special place 🙂

        irvingw54 said:
        February 26, 2015 at 4:04 am

        You’re welcome. I shared your post!

    particularkev said:
    February 25, 2015 at 6:08 pm
    kayrpea61 said:
    February 25, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Believe it or not, Uluru is on our “bucket list”. Not sure I need to go now I’ve seen your great photos.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Ahhh.. Ken, you are too kind. But you must go see it with your very own eyes. Nothing quite like it and we did the Sounds of Silence Dinner and that was just spectacular being able to be out in the open air with the stars. We even got to see Saturn and its rings (in a telescope) on the night we were there – we will never forget that 🙂

    shotofadventure said:
    February 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Oh Australia, such a stunner! I love this country as if it is my own <3. Great photos!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you! And so glad to hear that you love Australia so much 🙂 We love it too but we are really bias 😉

    CrazyChineseFamily said:
    February 25, 2015 at 6:38 am

    This is really a place I have wanted to visit since I watched documentaries about Australia in my early childhood 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Well… you know what that means! You must come and see it then – We’d love to meet you guys!! 😉

    trablog said:
    February 25, 2015 at 1:56 am

    wow.. Loved the way the mood of the mountain changes!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:19 am

      It’s certainly quite a sight to see 🙂

        trablog said:
        February 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

        I am sure of that

    BerLinda said:
    February 25, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I was there – it really was incredible! Just a shame that people still insisted on walking on it even after it was explained how important it is to the indigenous people. I think they were going to officially ban that shortly after I was there though – have they done it?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Hey Linda! They don’t encourage that people climb it but people still can walk on it at their own risk. We didn’t. We were surprised that it hasn’t been banned; from a safety perspective and more so from a respect perspective.

        BerLinda said:
        February 25, 2015 at 10:50 pm

        Yeah, I’d heard they were planning to fence it off so it wasn’t possible any more. Clearly they haven’t done it yet!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          February 25, 2015 at 11:00 pm

          Most of it, is not to be accessed, except one section that has the little rope rail upwards for one to hold onto on the ascent and descent. Pretty precarious looking! Not sure if it is the same as when you saw it. We remember our tour guide saying people taking infants up there and some even change their nappies, because they have found dirty nappies rolling down the side of Uluru. Not only dangerous and inappropriate but very disrespectful.

            BerLinda said:
            February 25, 2015 at 11:15 pm

            Incredibly so. Some people should not be allowed out.

    Kat said:
    February 25, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Brings back memories of my student days – travelled to Alice Springs then to Uluru – at that time I was using film camera, I had so many pics of the beautiful sunset 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Ahhh…. yes, the good ole film camera 🙂 It is such a special place!

    Jaspa said:
    February 25, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I really hope to make it here one day, Monkeys.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Fingers crossed for you! Anything is possible so add it to the list and you just never know 🙂

    Supriya said:
    February 24, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    beautiful! this is in our bucket list of places to visit too… one day.. one fine day..

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:16 am

      We were very lucky to have such a beautiful day to walk around it. It was a great way to put everything into perspective… how small we really are in the whole scheme of things 🙂 But in a good way! Hope you get your chance to see it one of these days.

        Supriya said:
        February 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        May I ask if you took the ariel tour as well? I was told it was a must but the helicopter rides are so expensive!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          February 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm

          No, we didn’t do the arial view…. we did get to see it when we were flying in though on the plane. It is so clear from the plane – we were in awe from the moment we could see it through our little aeroplane window 🙂

    backpackerlee said:
    February 24, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Uluru is certainly on my bucket list! I didn’t know it changed colour though!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:14 am

      It’s kind of like the way Grand Canyon changes colours – so as the light hits it, the different shades and shadows bounce off. Hopefully you will be able to make your way to it one day 🙂

    Bilna Sandeep said:
    February 24, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Beautiful place! Wish i could be there too!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:14 am

      It was very humbling for us to be there and walk around it. Maybe one day you can go visit it 🙂

    John Rose said:
    February 24, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Amazing. Great Article. Hopefully we will get to go in the next year as it is on “The List”!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Excellent! John – you will not be disappointed 🙂 We hope you get there! Thanks for your comment.

    Packing my Suitcase said:
    February 24, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Wow!! Amazing!! I have never been to a place like this before!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Allane, it will have to be on your list for when you visit Australia… which is when?? 😉

        Packing my Suitcase said:
        February 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

        Definitely!!!! Ohhh my I don’t know, but I really hope it won’t take so long!! The problem is from Europe to Australia is so far that when I go I will need to stay longer than I normally stay in other places… also because I want to enjoy and go to the Fiji Islands ❤

    dianagitau said:
    February 24, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This is really nice and the photos look very good. Thumbs up.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:12 am

      It’s a wonderful thing to witness and thank you so much for your comment!

    Sreejith Nair said:
    February 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Whenever we see images of Uluru the was a feel my mystery around it…

    And the sheer size and color of these rock formations was something really attractive.

    These images are simple awesome and some of them we had never seen before.

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your comment. Yes, the sheer size is astounding. And the colours are a different thing altogether.
      We hope you have a wonderful rest of the week 🙂

    Kamila Pala said:
    February 24, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Amazing set of photos and original destination! Thanks for sharing. Bye. Kamila

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2015 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Kamila – Glad to be able to share something from our home country for once 🙂

    UsefulTripTips said:
    February 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    We went last year and we saw it in pouring rain! Quite amazing to see little waterfalls running down the rock!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 24, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Hey there! We can still remember looking down from the plane and seeing it… these experiences stay with us forever, don’t they? 🙂

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