Experience all things to do in Ayers Rock! Located in the Red Centre of the Northern Territory, Australia, Ayers Rock or Uluru is one of the greatest natural attractions and an iconic landmark of Australia. Now commonly known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru, The Rock is extremely important to Aboriginal (Anangu) society and is central to their indigenous culture and history. At Uluru you can take part in cultural tours to understand its historical and spiritual significance to the Anangu people, see ancient rock art and learn about the traditions and stories of the Dreamtime.
Uluru / Ayres Rock is a giant sandstone monolith that towers over the desert landscape of the World Heritage Listed Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park. Its famous red hue is recognisable the world over and for many travellers arriving at Uluru is the most anticipated moment of their Australian holiday and offers a wealth of spiritual and cultural experiences. Located near the famous Outback town of Alice Springs, Uluru is just one of many natural wonders of the Northern Territory. While you are there be sure to check out:
- Uluru's sister formation - The Olgas or Kata Tjuta: is a large group of domed rock formations, these impressive natural giants are made up of a conglomerate of rock types that, like Uluru seem to change colours at sunset and sunrise. Kata Tjuta also features the famous "Valley of the Winds" walk, a must when visiting Australia's Red Centre.
- Kings Canyon: part of the Watarrka National Park, the canyon sits at the western end of the George Hill range; a track takes visitors to the top with spectacular views of the gorge below and of the surrounding desert landscape.
- The MacDonnell Ranges: both of these mountain ranges contain many spectacular gaps and gorges as well as areas that are of spiritual and cultural significance to Aboriginal culture. and
- The Simpson Desert: an vast expanse of seemingly endless red sand dunes, the Simpson Desert is the symbolic heartland of the Australian Outback; containing some of the worlds longest parallel sand dunes, the desert is more than just dust and rock it is a thriving eco-system and an awe-inspiring sight to behold.
Shopping Near Ayers Rock
The Alice Plaza is a one-stop shopping centre with over 25 stores. These include specialty stores such as national chain stores, a chemist, a music store, a book shop, shoe shop, surf gear store, souvenir shops, men's, womens and children’s clothing stores and eye wear stores. The Plaza also includes a bank, a credit union, three automatic teller machines, a Post Office and a food court.
_Address: 36 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, 0870_
_Phone: 08 8952 9666_ - __[The Ayers Rock Resort Shopping Centre](http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au)__
The Ayers Rock Resort Shopping Centre includes a number of specialty shops, a supermarket, post office, pharmacy, newsagents, a bank and a hair and beauty salon.
_Phone: 08 8957 7395_ - __[Maruku Retail Gallery](http://www.maruku.com.au)__
This gallery showcases great cultural pieces of art handcrafted by l Aboriginal artists living within the Central Desert Lands. Here, you can purchase artwork that will always remind you of your time in the desert country of Central Australia. All profits go to the Anangu people.
_Please note: To visit and shop at Maruku Retails Gallery, entrance to Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park is required. The entrance fee is AUD25.00, per person over the age of 16 years, for a consecutive three day pass._
_Address: Cultural Centre Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, Yulara, 0872_
_Phone: 08 8956 2153_ - __[Mulgara Gallery](http://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/mulgara)__
Browse through a diverse and unique collection of Australian and Indigenous art at this gallery. You will find glassware, pottery, textiles, metal and leather work, among other items, hardcrafted by renowned artists such as Chris Pantano and Maureen Nampitjinpa Hudson. The art on offer represents Australia’s diverse regions as it is designed in a wide variety of styles; examples of this include Central Desert dot painting from Papunya and Mt Allen and colourful body art from Utopia.
_Address: Sails in the Desert Hotel Yulara Drive, Yulara, 0872_
_Phone: 08 8957 7352_