Water cascades down the side of Uluru after torrential rains, creating stunning waterfalls against the world famous rock and changing the color of its red face.
The incredibly rare event was caused by nearly 50mm of rain falling over the desert area of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory over the weekend.
Hundreds of tourists have flocked to the iconic tourist attraction in recent days and have shared stunning images and photos of the rare scene on social media.
Recent heavy rains have turned Uluru rock formations into cascading waterfalls
The iconic tourist attraction (pictured) has also transformed into a range of colors as the flowing water falls on Uluru
“This unique and extraordinary weather event saw tourists and locals flock to the national park to get a glimpse of the waterfalls full of water,” Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park posted on its Facebook page.
“Rainwater on the rock’s surface causes it to change color. From dark burgundy to shiny silver and even black, each face of Uluru takes on a different hue, making this show a photographer’s delight.
“Following the rain, desert plants bloom and many animals emerge to mate and feed.
The Mutitjulu waterhole in Uluru turned into a scenic waterfall on Sunday as tourists filmed cascading water as unusual torrential rains hit the Top End.
The rain also sent cascading water into the generally dry Kantju Gorge.
“The dream comes true in Uluru. For years, I’ve wanted to see him Raining on the Rock. Today it happened, ”wrote a woman next to a photo of Uluru.
Hundreds of tourists have flocked to Uluru in recent days to capture the rare scenes
Once covered with tourists climbing up the rock, Uluru has turned into cascading waterfalls after nearly 50mm of rain over the weekend.
Another woman commented: “Beautiful, on my one and only visit to Uluru I was lucky enough to encounter a rainstorm and see all its beauty. Amazing to see how the colors changed from hour to 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 of people still visit Uluru, considered sacred by the local Anangu people.
With more heavy rains forecast for the Northern Territory in the coming days, the park reminded tourists to check weather conditions before visitors and not to cross flooded roads.
WHY DID INDIGENOUS SENIORS REQUEST A BAN ON CLIMBING IN 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.
The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Management Board, made up of a majority of indigenous traditional owners, unanimously decided to close the climb.
The traditional owner and chairman of the board, Sammy Wilson, has said on behalf of the Anangu people that it is time to do so.
“We’ve been talking about this for so long and now we’re able to close the climb,” Wilson said. “It’s about protection by combining two systems, government and Anangu.
Thousands of tourists flocked to Uluru for the last chance to climb Uluru
“This decision is for the Anangu and non-Anangu together to be proud; to realize, of course, it’s the right thing to do to shut it down.
“The land has law and culture. We welcome tourists here. Closing the ascent is not something upset, but a reason to rejoice. Let’s come together, let’s close it together.
“If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, a restricted area, I do not enter or climb there, I respect it. It’s the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity. “
On October 26, 1985, Uluru and Kata Tjuta – formerly known as Olgas – were returned to the Anangu people.
More than 60mm of rain fell in Lasseter and South Simpson districts on Sunday as a cloud band strengthened over central Australia.
In 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 rainy season in a decade with 276.6mm of rain recorded so far and another half
More rain is on its way to the Top End after last weekend’s downpour.
A trough is emerging from Tennant Creek which will create an increase in showers and thunderstorms starting Thursday.
Strong drops from the trough are possible before it reaches Darwin on Friday.
Waterfalls tumble to the surface of Uluru after 46mm of rain fell last weekend
WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
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.
THURSDAY: Min 20. Max 31. Sunny.
FRIDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 20. Max 29. Rather sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Sunny.
THURSDAY: Min 14. Max 21. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Partly cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 15. Max 22. Shower possible.
SUNDAY: Min 13. Max 22. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 22. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 7. Max 21. Mostly sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 9. Max 21. Shower possible.
SUNDAY: Min 7. Max 21. Partly cloudy.
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. Shower possible.
THURSDAY: Min 14. Max 25. Sunny.
FRIDAY: Min 15. Max 26. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 14. Max 30. Sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 18. Max 32. Sunny.
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.
THURSDAY: Min 25. Max 31. Shower or two. Probable storm
FRIDAY: Min 25. Max 31. Shower or two. Probable storm.
SATURDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Shower or two. Possible storm.
SUNDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Shower or two. Possible storm.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology