Uluru and surrounds, Northern Territory
One of the most iconic sights in Australia is the mighty red rock Uluru (formally known as Ayers Rock). This breathtaking natural wonder is 348 metres high and is known to change colour as the sun moves over the landscape – an ideal opportunity for budding photographers.
The rock is connected beneath the earth to nearby Kata Tjuta, a similar red dome about 40 kilometres away that has been shaped by millions of years of wind and water erosion. Both sites are extremely culturally and spiritually significant to the local Aboriginal Anangu community and are best appreciated with a walk around their bases with an Indigenous guided tour. Alternatively a motorcycle ride, camel trek or scenic flight will give you a sense of the scale of these mighty rocks. Accommodation in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park varies from camping sites to luxurious five-star resorts.
The eerie silence of this expansive landscape will help you appreciate the strong spiritual connection between the local people and this red giant, which, according to ancient mythology, was formed by ancestral Dreamtime spirits.