Uluru Because you can drive right to its base in a tourist bus, Uluru may not seem as wild as some of the other spaces noted in this slideshow. Yet, without the benefit of modern technologies, Western people have long found surviving in this harsh desert environment very challenging. Though for the local aborigines, who call themselves Anangu, this unforgiving country has been their ancestral and spiritual homeland for well over 10,0000 years. The quiet magic of this landscape has also captivated white man since he first saw Uluru in 1873. Officially gazetted in 1958 as a National Park, the Australian government handed the title of the land back to the Anangu in 1985. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park went on to become one few World Heritage properties to listed for both Natural and Cultural Values. The 9.4 km (5.8 mile) circumference sandstone monolith captivates the eye, as it juts well over 300 m (1,000 ft) high.
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