WATCH: First ever drone footage of Australia's Uluru released
Published 17/09/2016 | 01:00
This stunning video was captured by the first drone ever allowed to operate under permit at Uluru.
The dramatic footage was filmed in an area of great spiritual significance to the local Anangu people, with approval given by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board and the Film and Photography Consultative Committee.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a 600 million year old monolith at the heart of Australia, and one of the world's most iconic attractions.
The rock, believed to continue several kilometres below ground, undergoes vibrant colour changes due to the filtering effect of the earth’s atmosphere on the sun’s rays.
Sunsets and sunrises are especially dramatic - although beneath the rock's oxidised exterior, its fresh sandstone is actually grey.
“We are delighted to present this exclusive new perspective of one of the most astonishing landscapes on earth, and we thank the Traditional Owners for their support," said Andrew Williams, CEO of Voyages, a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) that manages tourism and resorts on its behalf.
“While there is no replacement to enjoying firsthand the majestic beauty of Uluru, this footage gives a breathtaking insight into its majestic nature,” he said.
Uluru is 460km south of Alice Springs. Jetstar and Virgin Blue fly directly into Ayers Rock Airport from Sydney. Qantas also operates flights via Alice Springs.
Video footage courtesy of Australia.com.