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William and Kate set to visit Uluru

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Uluru, one of the Australia's most iconic sites, tomorrow.

William and Kate will tour the popular tourist attraction - also know as Ayers Rock - that is a sacred site for the area's Aboriginal people.

The visit will be only their second night away from Prince George during their 19-day tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The Duke and Duchess do not have any official engagements today and last night arrived in the capital Canberra, after flying from Sydney, where their son will remain when they travel to Uluru.

The couple took their eight-month-old baby to Sydney's Taronga zoo yesterday where George met a bilby - a rabbit-like marsupial - that was named after him.

George is growing fast and was excited to see other unusual animals during his brief trip to the popular attraction.

Tomorrow William and Kate will fly to Yulara, a town close to Uluru, to visit the National Indigenous Training Academy which helps to train members of the indigenous communities who live near the World Heritage site to work in the tourism and hospitality trades.

The Duke and Duchess will view the Academy's facilities before moving on to the Uluru Cultural Centre where the local indigenous communities will give them a traditional welcome.

The royal couple will view an indigenous art display and later attend afternoon tea, given by the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

After tea, the Duke and Duchess will visit Uluru, taking a short walk along its base in the company of a local guide.

Uluru is a world famous landmark - a huge mound of sandstone that stands almost 350 metres high and is more than two miles long and a mile wide.

The first European to see the natural wonder was the explorer William Gosse in the late 19th century and he named it Ayers Rock after the then Chief Secretary of New South Wales.


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