The Red Centre is the physical and metaphoric heart of Australia. It includes Uluru, Kata Tjuta National Park, Alice Springs, the ancient MacDonnell Ranges and the wonders of Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon).
I was lucky enough to visit both Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park. I walked around and learned much more about the Anangu history. I experienced sunrise over the rock and the Olgas while having breakfast and a campfire burning to keep us warm. I saw both at sunset from the sky while flying in a helicopter. I think the photos speak for themselves: pure magic!
What gives Uluru a red color?
Weathering of Uluru gives the rock its red color. The iron minerals in the rock are weathered by water and oxygen, in a similar effect to iron rusting. The feldspar minerals within the arkose sandstone are also weathered and form clays, which contributes to the coloring. The unweathered rock is a grey color and can be seen in the caves around Uluru. *
A special thanks to Northern Territory for inviting TravelDudes on this trip and to Melvin for giving me the opportunity to represent TravelDudes.Also a big thank you to Nikon for letting me test the Nikon D3100 and the Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8GII ED camera lens.
*I found this information in the Visitor Guide provided by Director of National Parks