Water flows on Uluru as record rainfall closes park

Published: December 27, 2016
Waterfall cascades down Uluru. PIC: Parks Australia

Wow! Record rainfalls have seen Uluru transformed, with waterfalls cascading down the ancient monolith.

Unfortunately, flash flooding has also forced the closure of the park.

“Due to an extreme weather event, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has been closed until further notice,” Parks Australia said in a statement. “Our rangers are checking the condition of the roads every hour in a bid to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The Bureau of Meteorology said a deep low pressure system yesterday had brought with it locally-destructive winds and heavy rain.  View all announcements

Peak wind gusts reached up to 125 kilometres per hour and the Walungurru district recorded 232mm of rain in 24 hours.

“We’ve only got about 15 years of records at that location, but it’s clearly well above previous totals,” said BoM forecaster Mosese Raico.

Previously, the highest monthly total for December for that region was 161mm, recorded in 2003. The highest daily total for any time of the year was 127mm, recorded in March 2006.

  • Have you ever seen Uluru in the rain? Comment below.


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Judy Taberner
5 years ago

While it did rain at the time we camped there 2 years ago, the rain did not affect Ulura at all. Only locally heavy through the night, then hot and dry again next day. It would have been a wonderful sight to see the cascading waterfalls!!


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