Urulu – The Extraordinary Pebble – Part III

Australia & Pacific | | September 2, 2009 at 10:00 am


Urulu, an inselberg or island mountain is situated in the Urulu-Kata Tjuta National Park, about 450kms south-west of Alice Springs, accessible by road. This secluded vestige left subsequent to gradual wearing down of an original mountain range, is outstanding due its hominoid nature, devoid of joints and parts at bedding planes that lead to the dearth of expansion of rock debris slopes and soil, all of which played a crucial role in its sustenance while the adjoining rocks faced erosion.

The west and central Australian aboriginals identify themselves as Anangu that means ‘human beings’. The Anangu present in the Urulu region comprise of two varied language factions namely, the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara. Australian natives consider themselves as the direct successors of the familial beings and religiously adhere to ceremonies, traditions, rituals and tasks that they believe were followed in the Dreamtime and hence should be presently undertaken.

urulu rock

Though the commencement of the human inhabitation in Urulu area is still not established, but archaeologists have uncovered sightings in the eastern and western parts that date back farther than ten thousand years.

The foremost non-resident individual to spot the Urulu rock formation was the European surveyor Ernest Giles during October, 1872 when he noticed it from afar, his further approach to explore it being foiled due to a lake. In 1872, during an explorative journeying of the area, Ernest Giles caught a sight of Kata Tjuta from a site close to Kings Canyon and gave it the name ‘Mount Olga’.

In the following year, on 19th July 1873, the European assessor William Gosse undertook a visit to the rock and hailed it as ‘Ayers Rock’ as a means to pay due respect to Sir Henry Ayers, the Chief Secretary of South Australia during that time. On December 1993, the location was formally re-dubbed as Ayers Rock/Urulu.

On 26thOctober 1985, the ownership rights of Urulu was conditionally handed over to the native Pitjantjatjara Anangu group by the Australian government. One of the provisos being that the Anangus would once again let it to the National Parks and Wildlife for a time spanning ninety-nine years, and that it would be a collaborative management. In 1987, the Urulu rock and the adjacent park got assigned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following a handover from the Australian Government few years back, the surrounding Kata Tjuta National Park is under the ownership and is adeptly run by the native Aboriginal community.

Urulu – The Extraordinary Pebble – Part I

Urulu – The Extraordinary Pebble – Part II

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  2. Wilson says:

    It’s more fun for me to know more about its Dreamtime history. But what I like the most is the trip to it can be combined with awesome parks,excitement of wild life & have a great time in journey with all that.

  3. Brenda says:

    I am curious to know when exactly aboriginals hold their rituals there. It might be even the more exciting trip if these can be incorporated.

  4. Sam says:

    History & all is cool. But the locales are really insistent on mot crossing the rock for their “historical reasons”. You gotta be careful in such circumstances & avoid heating up, man! But then, you can enjoy sunset, only.

  5. Josie says:

    Whatever helps you spiritually is good news but I belive you just need to look within & nowhere else. But it’s still a beautiful & serene place to go to. Great post, Ricky!

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