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Yulara is an isolated town in Australia's Northern Territory with approximately 2,000 inhabitants. It is about 20 km from world heritage site Uluru and 50 km from Kata Tjuta.

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Yulara from the air
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Yulara from the helicopter in August 2004

It was created in 1984 as an infrastructure hub to support tourism to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The new airport makes it possible to reach the area in a few hours from Sydney, Melbourne or Cairns, where previously visitors had to travel five hours on a 400 km road from Alice Springs, the closest town which is located to the northeast.


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Walkabout - Uluru (1528 words)
'Yulara', the resort located 21 km from the base of the rock, means 'crying' or 'weeping' (which is what happens when most people see their accommodation bill) in the language of the local Pitjantjatjara and Yunkunytjatjara peoples.
In 1976 the Commonwealth Government set up the lease at Yulara and in 1983-84 the old tourist locations near the rock were closed down.
The one strength of Yulara is the Information Centre which has large displays which are simple, easy to understand and comprehensive.
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