In the central part of Australia near Mount Olga and Maggie Springs in Katu Tjuta National Park, a red conglomerate stone rises above the flat land around it. Ayers Rock, or Uluru, is the next stop on our natural wonder tour. But the rock is not always red; depending on the time of day and weather, it can change to orange, violet, or even blue! Ayres Rock was named after the Premier of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers. It is sacred to the Aborigines because of the many dreamtime myths surrounding it. Many of these myths are depicted in rock art carved thousands of years ago.
Most of the myths surrounding Uluru tell the reason why it looks the way it does. One is about a lizard that accidentally threw his kali (a curved throwing stick) into Ayres Rock. He tried to get it out by digging it out, making indents in the rock. The lizard, unable to retrieve his stick, dies; his remains are in the form of boulders. There are many more stories like this, which make you wonder what story lies behind this stone, color, or surroundings.
Author: Crystal, Ellie
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