Best times of the day
Ayers Rock is at its visual best at sunrise and sunset.
The monolith is sandstone, the product of layers of sand laid down in an ancient sea bed about 500 million years ago.
Ayers Rock name
Ayers Rock is the popular English designation (named after Sir Henry Ayers, a 19th century Australian governor).
Although Ayers Rock is less than half the size of the world's largest monolith (Mt. Augustus in Western Australia), it has a more dramatic shape and overall appearance.
into the ground
Ayers Rock is like an iceberg because only its tip is visible - the rest extends deep into the ground.