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Uluru National Park is national park in the Northern Territory The park lies approx 478km away from Alice Springs The area was established as Ayers RockMount Olga National Park in 1958 and renamed Uluru National Park in 1977 In 1985 the land was officially returned to the regions Aborigines The Aborigines leased the area to the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service The park was placed on the World Heritage List in 1987 The parks two main geological features are Uluru Ayers Rock 32 km to the west is Kata Tjuta Olga Rocks a grouping of rock domes Significant points of interest are Maggies Springs Kangaroo Tail The Climb and The Brain There is an entrance fee to enter the Uluru National Park and professional photographers will need a permit in advance to take pictures or to film Uluru is one of the worlds better known landmarks William Gosse named it Ayers Rock in 1873 after Henry Ayers who was then the governor general at the time Uluru is the largest monolith in the world at 348 m above the desert floor It has a circumference of about 9 km Its composed of arkosic sandstone Uluru is particularly spectacular at sunset it appears that it changes its colour to purple Uluru was an island in a lake about 70 million years ago The domes at Kata Tjuta are made of conglomerate rock Aboriginal rock paintings cover the walls of many of the caves of Uluru Both sites also figure in Aboriginal legend Uluru National Park draws about 650000 visitors a year The park has about 360 species of plants and 20 species of native mammals The area 126132 hectares Kata Tjuta- Aboriginal for place of many heads rises steeply from the surrounding plains and peaks in round tops The highest peak is Mount Olga which rises 546m from its base on the plain The group is spread over an area with a circumference of about
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