Vacation English Course

AUSTRALIAN CITIES AND PLACES TO SEE!

 

Uluru
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Uluru is in the Northern Territory and is in the centre of Australia. It is the largest rock in the world. It is 348 metres high, 3.6 kilometres long and 1.9 kilometres wide. Every day hundreds of tourists take the 1.6 kilometre climb to the top. It is a very difficult climb and you need to be very healthy. Climbers have died of heart attacks.

The local Aboriginal people ask us not to climb it because it is a sacred site for them. Aborigines first arrived at Uluru 10,000 years ago. If you walk around Uluru, you can see many examples of ancient aboriginal art and you can learn many traditional aboriginal stories. The longest walk is 9.4 kilometres and it takes you right around the rock. Two shorter walks are quite popular. They are 1 and 2 kilometres long. The scenery is spectacular. Which ever walk you decide to take it is recommended that you take lots of water to drink and that you start early before the heat of the day. Summer day time temperatures can reach over 45 degrees celsius.

Many tourists gather at sunrise and sunset to see the rock change colour. It goes from grey to brown, brilliant red, orange and yellow. It is truly amazing.

Some tourists enjoy a helicopter flight that takes them over and around Uluru and surrounding areas. It takes one and a half hours and costs $140. Uluru has two names. The Aboriginal name is Uluru. Europeans used to call it Ayers rock.

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