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Water cascades down Uluru after heavy rains hit the Northern Territory of Australia


(CNN) – After heavy rains battered northern Australia for nearly a week, stunning images have emerged of Uluru Falls, the sacred sandstone monolith on the desert plains of the Northern Territory’s “Red Center”.

Videos and photos show gallons of water cascading off the bright red rock, as rain that totaled up to five times the March monthly average fell in just four days in the worst-hit areas.

The generally dry site was washed away during the downpour, causing picturesque ramps to run down divots carved into the stone.

“I have lived and worked in Uluru for 4 years and have never seen waterfalls and rains like this,” Stacey MacGregor, who works for a local travel company, told CNN.

“I was in the park at 11 in the morning and I came back at 5 in the afternoon when the rain got stronger to take these photos,” he added, referring to photos posted on his Facebook page.
Several waterfalls fall on the surface of Uluru.

Several waterfalls fall on the surface of Uluru.

Stacey MacGregor / AP

Rain that totaled up to five times the March monthly average fell in just four days in some areas.

Rain that totaled up to five times the monthly average in March fell in just four days in some areas.

Stacey MacGregor / AP

A lucky few were able to see the waterfalls at Uluru, but tourists have been banned from passing through the sacred site since late 2019, after Anangu Aborigines said visitors were destroying it, eroding its surface, littering and polluting the nearby water wells.

Before the ban went into effect, tens of thousands of tourists climbed the monolith.

Uluru, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is 280 miles west of Alice Springs. At 1,142 feet tall, it is taller than the Eiffel Tower and London’s Shard skyscraper. It’s hot, slippery and often windy, and at least 35 people have died since the climb began in the 1950s.

CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji contributed to this report.

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