Kangaroos, Sydney, Melbourne and Uluru, also known as Ayer's Rock, are the symbols of Australia. The latter, located in the Northern Territory, is a huge sandstone formation which takes on a spectacular red and purple tinge at dawn and sunset, and shines in the yellow-orange light during the day. Uluru has a great cultural importance for the aboriginal people of the area, who lead walking tours around the rock to inform visitors about the local flora and fauna, as well as the native's myths and legends. Furthermore, they ask tourists not to climb the natural monument, which is of big religious importance for the Anangu people. Closeby lies an other big natural monument, Kata Tjuta, a group of large domed rocks which can be seen from the top of Ayer's Rock. Other natural attractions include various salt lakes, the stunning, immense Australian outback and King's Canyon, which became famous because of the movie Priscilla in the desert.
The closest town, Alice Springs, is quite small and fairly isolated, almost 1500 km from the next cities, Adelaide and Darwin.
Darwin is the capital of the state and an original pioneer outpost. It isn't very popular among travelers, but it is known for its hot and humid weather, which leads to impressive downpours and thunderstorms in the rainy season. Its proximity to South East Asia makes it an important gateway to other countries.
The Northern territory is sparsely populated; huge parts of the state remain almost unexplored and very few people live in the outback, making it one of the biggest wild areas of the planet. A trip through the desert and a visit to its important natural monuments are unforgettable.