Uluru is such an iconic image that most Australians probably feel like they know it, even if they've never been there.
Wild swimming, it's more than a phrase; it's an entire movement, a wave of people who are shunning concrete and chlorine for wilderness and waterfalls.
It's a rail trip that traverses not only the width of a nation, but a chunk of its history and culture.
There are many ways to immerse yourself in the mystery and majesty of this monolith.
Accommodation options range from high end through to budget hotels and campgrounds.
Toddle up to the Top End for ancient Indigenous culture before rocking on at The Rock - all the while enjoying outback hospitality.
Why Longitude 131's new Dune House is Australia's most irresistible luxury retreat.
A brush with this ancient culture makes me realise how little I know about Australia.
This is the Australian cliche - harsh ochre-red deserts, strange rock formations, dusty plains with kangaroos gazing lazily in the hot sun, and lonely outback pubs. Further north to the coast, brilliant blue open skies seemingly meet the sea; and the rocky gorges of Kakadu and their deliciously inviting watering holes. Cliche it may be, but it's quintessential Australia.