The monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock)
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The monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock) rises 340 meters above the plain in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
updated 3/30/2006 3:35:21 AM ET 2006-03-30T08:35:21

It's a giant red monolith jutting out of an Outback plain, but one tipsy Australian tourist couldn't spot Ayers Rock despite parking only 100 meters away with his headlights pointing at the landmark, police said Wednesday.

A 44-year-old man from New South Wales state flagged down a car late Tuesday night thinking it was carrying park rangers and asked directions to Ayers Rock, also known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru.

Unfortunately for the hapless tourist, the car was carrying police.

"Nonetheless, the tourist told police he and his female companion wanted directions to the rock," Northern Territory police said in a statement. "The police officer breathalyzed the driver after pointing out his headlights were shining right at it — 100 meters away."

The man was found to be driving with excess alcohol in his blood and without a license. He was ordered to appear in court on May 18.

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