Yulara, Northern Territory
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Yulara from helicopter in August 2004
|Population||1,099 (2016 census)|
|• Density||10.636/km2 ( 27.547/sq mi)|
|Elevation||492 m (1,614 ft)|
|Area||103.33 km2 (39.9 sq mi)|
Yulara is a town in the Southern Region of the Northern Territory, Australia. It lies as an unincorporated enclave within MacDonnell Region. At the 2016 census, Yulara had a permanent population of 1,099, in an area of 103.33 square kilometres (39.90 sq mi). It is 18 kilometres (11 mi) by road from world heritage site Uluru (Ayers Rock) and 55 kilometres (34 mi) from Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). It is located in the Northern Territory electorate of Namatjira and the federal electorate of Lingiari.
By the early 1970s, the pressure of unstructured and unmonitored tourism, including motels near the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), was having detrimental effects on the environment surrounding both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Following the recommendation of a Senate Select Committee to remove all developments near the base of the rock and build a new resort to support tourism in the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park, the Commonwealth Government agreed in 1973 to relocate accommodation facilities to a new site outside the park. In 1976, the Governor General proclaimed the new village of Yulara, some 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from Uluru.
After the Northern Territory was granted Self Government in 1978, development of the new town became a major priority of the Northern Territory Government. Between 1978 and 1981, basic infrastructure (roads, water supply etc.) was built via the government's capital works program. In 1980 the government set up the Yulara Development Company Ltd to develop tourist accommodation, staff housing and a shopping centre. The first stage of the resort was built between 1982 and 1984 for the Northern Territory Government by Yulara Development Company Ltd., at a cost of A$130 million. The resort was designed by Philip Cox & Associates and won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Sir Zelman Cowen Award in 1984.
When the new facilities became fully operational in late 1984, the Commonwealth Government terminated all leases for the old motels near the Rock, and the area was rehabilitated by the National Park Service (now called Parks Australia). Around the same time, the national park was renamed Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa, and its ownership was transferred to the local Indigenous people, who leased it back to the Parks Australia for 99 years.
There were originally three competing hotels, but that detracted from the viability of the enterprise, and the company (and indirectly the government) incurred massive operating losses. Between 1990 and 1992, the competing hotel operators were replaced by a single operator, the government-owned Investnorth Management Pty Ltd. In 1992, the government sold, through open tender, a 40% interest in the Yulara Development Company and, therefore, the resort, to a venture capital consortium.
In 1997, the entire resort was again sold by open tender to General Property Trust, which appointed Voyages Hotels & Resorts as operator. Voyages operated all aspects of the resort, with the exception of the post office (Australia Post) and the bank (ANZ). Almost all residents of the town rented their housing from Voyages, but the government leased some housing for its employees. Most residents are either workers in the resort or tour operators. In 2011, the resort was sold again to the Indigenous Land Corporation which operates the resort under its subsidiary, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.
According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 1,099 people in Yulara.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 14.2% of the population.
- 52.8% of people were born in Australia and 62.6% of people spoke only English at home.
- The most common response for religion was No Religion at 38.4%.
The nearby Connellan Airport makes it possible to reach the area in a few hours from Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs or Cairns, compared to five hours by car from Alice Springs, the nearest major town, 428 kilometres (266 mi) northeast.
The resort is served by one major road, the Lasseter Highway, which links it to surrounding roads and landmarks. The Lasseter Highway is currently being expanded in the area to help with the tourism traffic flow. The sealed Lasseter Highway extends east to meet the Stuart Highway. The roads in other directions are not so well maintained or travelled. The Great Central Road leads west and southwest into Western Australia, but is generally only suitable for high clearance four-wheel drive vehicles. Transit permits from Aboriginal Land Councils are required to travel west of Kata-Tjuta.
Yulara has a dry and arid climate (BWh) with long hot summers and short, cool winters, and with scant rainfall year-round. Frost may occur occasionally in some winter mornings.
|Climate data for Yulara Aero|
|Record high °C (°F)||46.4
|Average high °C (°F)||38.4
|Average low °C (°F)||22.7
|Record low °C (°F)||12.7
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||25.8
|Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm)||3.2||2.9||2.0||1.7||1.8||1.6||1.9||1.0||1.4||2.7||3.9||4.7||28.8|
|Source: Bureau of Metrology |
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yulara (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 August 2018. Material was copied from this source, which is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
- "What is the ILC" (PDF). Indigenous Land Corporation. Australian Government. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 December 2007.
- "History". About us. Indigenous Land Corporation. 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- Hema, Maps (2007). Australia Road and 4WD Atlas (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. pp. 100–101. ISBN 978-1-86500-456-3.
- Permits for travel - Ngaanyatjarra council
- "Yulara Aero". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
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