Is Uluru the biggest rock in the world?

Is Uluru the biggest rock in the world?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 12/10/2021

Reading time: 3 mins

Uluru, the mighty red monolith of the Aussie desert, is only made more gigantic by seeing it in person. Seriously, words cannot describe the sheer magnitude of this gargantuan sandstone formation, with its golden and rusty hues glittering proudly in the outback sun.

It should come as little surprise that Uluru is the world’s largest single rock monolith, with no other rock monolith surpassing its massive diameter of 10km and height of 350m!

So, now that we’ve got that little query out of the way, what is it about Uluru – and the greater Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – that makes it all so wonderful to visit, magnitude and all?

Let’s take a look below:

Uluru in the twilight hours

Uluru is massive, right? So, can you imagine watching that giant sandstone monolith in the hours before sunrise, when the sky plays a mystical game and sparkles the rock in all kinds of illuminated hues.

Seeing giant Uluru awash in shimmering blues, pinks, yellows, golds and purples is like nothing else you could ever hope to see, and you will marvel upon the rock until it eventually comes into full sunlight illumination!

Kata Tjuta

The name Kata Tjuta is more recognisable by people who have already been to the national park and those who are going to the national park. It may not be world-famous like Uluru, but it’s still a pretty incredible sight to see and one that simply cannot be overlooked when visiting the Red Centre.

After all, it’s just a cheeky drive away from its great big neighbour, and itself forms a series of Mars-like dome formations with memorable walks around them. Some walks are a little more difficult than others, so it’s best to choose the one you know your fitness levels can handle before attempting something that may be a little too challenging!

Mutitjulu Waterhole

The Red Centre is a place of unbridled peace and serenity, and nothing encapsulates this feeling more than the ethereal Mutitjulu Waterhole. This perfectly tranquil waterhole near the base of Uluru is a place where birds come to sing and peaceful waters stay calm year-round.

You can’t swim in the waterhole, but you can certainly take a seat and relax within the area’s beautiful stillness – it’s the perfect way to round out a trip to the wondrous Red Centre.

Related article: What gives Uluru its red colour?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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