This unique domelike sandstone formation rises out of the desert in Australia's remote Northern Territory. The nearest town, Alice Springs, is nearly 300 miles away by road. Nonetheless, Uluru is a very popular tourist attraction, with many people planning their entire trip around spending a day here.
Ayers is primarily billed as a sunrise and sunset attraction, and the various viewing areas are choked with Land Cruisers and camera clicks at dawn and dusk. Laws concerning climbing the rock itself are in a state of flux. The current status is that although there is a legal route with a guide rail, the local Aboriginal people ask that visitors not make the climb. The Aborigines themselves stay off the rock, considering it sacred.