Stunning pictures capture water cascading down Uluru in the NT

Stunning photos capture the rare moment water cascades down the sides of Uluru as the Northern Territory is hit by torrential rain

  • Rock formations of iconic tourist attraction Uluru has transformed into stunning cascading waterfalls
  • Comes after almost almost 50mm of rain fell in Northern Territory’s Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park last week
  • Tourists have flocked to the iconic landmark to capture rare scenes with more heavy rain to come in the NT

Water is cascading down the side of Uluru after torrential rain, creating stunning waterfalls against the world-famous rock and changing the colour of its red face.

The incredibly rare event was caused by almost 50mm of rain falling on the desert area in Northern Territory’s Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park over the weekend. 

Hundreds of tourists flocked to the iconic tourist attraction in recent days and shared stunning footage and photos of the rare scene to social media.

Recent heavy rain has turned Uluru’s rock formations into cascading waterfalls

The iconic tourist attraction (pictured) has also transformed into array of colours as flowing water tumbles down Uluru

‘The unique and extraordinary weather event saw tourists and locals alike flocking to the National Park to get a glimpse of the full flowing waterfalls,’ Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park posted on its Facebook page. 

‘Rainwater on the rock’s surface causes it to change colour. From dark burgundy to shining silver and even black, every side of Uluru takes a different shade, making this spectacle a photographer’s delight. 

‘Following the rain, desert plants bloom and many animals emerge to mate and feed.’ 

Mutitjulu waterhole at Uluru turned into a picturesque waterfall on Sunday while tourists filmed water cascading through it as unseasonal torrential rain hit the Top End.

Rain also sent water cascading down the usually dry Kantju Gorge.

‘Dream come true at Uluru. For years I’ve longed to see it Raining on the Rock. Today it happened,’ one woman wrote alongside a photo of Uluru.

Hundreds of tourists have flocked to Uluru in recent days to capture the rare scenes 

Once covered with tourists climbing the rock, Uluru has turned into cascading waterfalls after almost 50mm of rain on the weekend

Another woman commented: ‘Beautiful, on my one and only visit to Uluru, I was lucky enough to encounter a rain storm and see it’s full beauty. Incredible to see how the colours changed by the hour!’

Formerly known as Ayres Rock, thousands of tourists flocked to the Northern Territory to climb Uluru before it was banned in October 2019.

Thousands still visit Uluru, which is regarded sacred by the local Anangu people.

With more heavy rain forecast for the Northern Territory in the coming days, the park reminded tourists to check weather conditions before visitors and to not drive through flooded roads. 

WHY DID ABORIGINAL ELDERS ASK FOR A BAN ON CLIMBING ULURU? 

It was announced in November 2017 that climbing Uluru, considered a sacred site by the local Anangu people, would be banned from October 26, 2019.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park’s board of management, made up of a majority of Aboriginal traditional owners, unanimously decided to close the climb.

Traditional owner and board chairman Sammy Wilson said on behalf of the Anangu people it was time to do so.

‘We’ve talked about it for so long and now we’re able to close the climb,’ Mr Wilson said. ‘It’s about protection through combining two systems, the government and Anangu.

Thousands of tourists have flocked to Uluru for the last chance to climb Uluru

‘This decision is for both Anangu and non-Anangu together to feel proud about; to realise, of course it’s the right thing to close it.

‘The land has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration. Let’s come together, let’s close it together.

‘If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don’t enter or climb it, I respect it. It is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity.’

On 26 October 1985 Uluru and Kata Tjuta – formerly known as the Olgas – were handed back to the Anangu people.

More than 60mm of rain fell across the Lasseter and southern Simpson districts on Sunday as a cloud band strengthened over central Australia.

Over the course of three days, 68mm fell at Walungurru, 65mm at Finke River, 53mm at Colyer Creek and 50mm at Alice Springs Airport.

Alice Springs is having its wettest wet season in a decade with 276.6mm rain recorded so far with another one-half

More heavy rain is on the way for the Top End after last weekend’s downpour.

A trough is moving up from Tennant Creek which will create increased shower and thunderstorm activity from Thursday. 

Heavy falls from the trough are possible before it reaches Darwin on Friday. 

Waterfalls tumble over the surface of Uluru after 46mm of rain fell last weekend

WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY      

THURSDAY: Min 18. Max 28 Mostly sunny.

FRIDAY: Min 17. Max 25. Shower or two.

SATURDAY: Min 17. Max 27. Partly cloudy.

SUNDAY: Min 17. Max 25. Partly cloudy.

BRISBANE     

THURSDAY: Min 20. Max 31. Sunny.

FRIDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny.

SATURDAY: Min 20. Max 29. Mostly sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Sunny.

ADELAIDE     

THURSDAY: Min 14. Max 21. Partly cloudy.

FRIDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Partly cloudy.

SATURDAY: Min 15. Max 22. Possible shower.

SUNDAY: Min 13. Max 22. Partly cloudy.

CANBERRA     

THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 22. Partly cloudy.

FRIDAY: Min 7. Max 21. Mostly sunny. 

SATURDAY: Min 9. Max 21. Possible shower.

SUNDAY: Min 7. Max 21. Partly cloudy.

MELBOURNE     

THURSDAY: Min 15. Max 20. Shower or two.

FRIDAY: Min 12. Max 23. Partly cloudy.

SATURDAY: Min 15. Max 19. Shower or two.

SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 18. Possible shower.

PERTH     

THURSDAY: Min 14. Max 25. Sunny.

FRIDAY: Min 15. Max 26. Sunny.

SATURDAY: Min 14. Max 30. Sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 18. Max 32. Sunny.

HOBART     

THURSDAY: Min 15. Max 20. Morning rain. 

FRIDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Partly cloudy.

SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 18. Shower or two.

SUNDAY: Min 10. Max 19. Partly cloudy.

DARWIN          

THURSDAY: Min 25. Max 31. Shower or two. Storm likely

FRIDAY: Min 25. Max 31. Shower or two. Storm likely.

SATURDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Shower or two. Possible storm.

SUNDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Shower or two. Possible storm.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 

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