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Uluru is notable for its quality of changing color as the different light strikes it at different times of the day and year, with sunset a particularly remarkable sight. It is sacred to the Aborigines and has many storied springs, waterholes, rock caves, and ancient paintings.
Ayers Rock was the name given to it by European settlers, after the Premier of South Australia Henry Ayers[?]. Uluru is the Aboriginal name, and since the 1980s it has been the officially preferred name for it (although many people, especially non-Australians, still call it Ayers Rock.)
Uluru is adjacent to an Aboriginal settlement, and to the tourist town of Yulara (pop. 3000). It is not far from the Olgas[?].
Climbing the rock is a popular attraction for a large fraction of the many tourists who visit it each year. A rope handhold makes the climb easier, but it is still quite a long and steep climb and many intended climbers chicken out part-way up. The Anangu regard the rock as sacred and would prefer that visitors did not climb it. They however have not attempted to have climbing banned but instead attempted to persuade visitors to respect their wishes and not do so.