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Ayers Rock

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Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

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.