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The airport at Ayers Rock (Uluru) was officially opened in 1982 as Connellan Airport and commemorates Central Australian pioneer aviators, in particular Eddie Connellan who landed his aeroplane at the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru) in 1938. 

Ayers Rock Airport also known as Connellan Airport was originally started by Edward Connellan. He started an airline called "Connellan Airways" which specialised in transport, Royal Flying Doctor Service and mail runs. The development of tourism infrastructure adjacent to the base of Uluru that began in the 1950s soon produced adverse environmental impacts.

It was decided in the early 1970s to remove all accommodation-related tourist facilities and re-establish them outside the park. In 1975, a reservation of 104 square kilometres of land beyond the park's northern boundary, 15 kilometres from Uluru, was approved for the development of a tourist facility and an associated airport, to be known as Yulara. The new facilities became fully operational in late 1984.


Address:Coote Road, Airport Terminal Building, Yulara, 0872
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.190768
Long: 130.976458
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 6th June, 1982
Front Inscription

Connellan Airport

Officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser, C.H., M.P. Prime Minister of Australia on Sunday 6th June, 1982

This Airport is dedicated to Central Australia`s pioneer aviators in particular, Mr. Eddie Connellan C.B.E., A.O. who first landed his aeroplane at the base of Ayers Rock on the 7th August, 1938.  He commenced regular passenger services from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock on 20th April 1958.

This propellor was recovered from the first De Havilland Heron to fly to Ayers Rock.

Source: MA
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