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Ultimate Guide to doing Uluru in Style

9 incredible reasons that adding a stay at Ayers Rock Resort should be on your lux-list. From spa treatments to outback fine dining and scenic flights.

Ultimate Guide to doing Uluru in Style

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Despite not being the best place to don your haute couture, don't be misled into thinking the Red Centre can't offer the best in luxury getaways. Here are 9 incredible reasons that adding a stay at Ayers Rock Resort should be on your lux-list.

1. Truly disconnect from the world around you in an oasis in the desert.

A stay at the five star Sails in the Desert Hotel is a luxury escape like no other. Whatever your taste, choose between an incredible line up of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Whether you're all about incredible dining or outback adventures, relaxing by the gumtree lined swimming pool, reading a book on the terrace of your deluxe suite, making the most of your luxury spa bath, or ordering room service in your complimentary robe from your king size bed, Sails in the Desert has everything you need.

2. Unwind at the Red Ochre Spa.

A sanctuary right in the heart of Uluru. The Red Ochre Spa was designed with pampering and total indulgence in mind, and provides guests the opportunity to exchange stressed or weary state for tranquility. Embrace treatments that renew energies or evoke luscious relaxation.

3. See Uluru and Kata Tjuta the VIP way.

One of the best ways to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta is from the air, and with charters flying on demand all year round, there's no reason to miss those 360 degree, uninterrupted views! The Australian outback and two of its most unique and impressive monoliths are an incredible spectacle at any time of day, but for a truly magical experience why not book a private flight for two and choose either a sunrise or sunset time-slot. You'll get to witness the vast desert landscape turn unimaginable shades of purples, pinks, oranges, reds and yellows.

Heli Flight over Uluru

4. Savour the afternoon looking for local Indigenous Art.

Stroll between the three galleries on site at the resort to discover a superb collection of original Indigenous art and paintings showcasing the many different local and Central Australian regional styles. Browse hand-crafted glassware, jewellery, pottery and textiles - perhaps finding the perfect gift or addition to your home.

Indigenous Art Galleries

5. Experience world-class gastronomic fare in the heart of the outback.

Tali Wiru, meaning 'beautiful dune' in local Anangu language, encapsulates the magic of fine dining under the southern desert sky. Take your seat atop a secluded dune-top,soak in the atmosphere of this open air dining experience, then sit back and enjoy four courses of incredible food infused with ancient native herbs and spices and perfectly paired with premium Australian wines.

Tali Wiru dinner

6. Connect with the world's oldest culture.

Explore the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local Anangu people by participating in one of the free guest activities available around the resort. The Bush Food Experience is a favourite among guests, where you learn about Australian and local native bush foods. Taste seasonal seeds, fruits and spices before enjoying a cooking demonstration.

7. Lap up the peacefulness and tranquility of a pre-dawn desert.

Rising before the sun, welcome the dawn of a new day as the night stars fade and a transformative array of colours signal a new beginning. Your Desert Awakenings tour begins with a traditional bushman's breakfast before your guide delivers insight into the ancient landscape, ecology, culture, heritage and history of Australia's spiritual heartland. With this new, deeper understanding you will follow in the footsteps of the ancestral beings that shaped this landscape, on a guided tour of the base of Uluru.

8. Try a spin on a classic at Walpa Bar.

Sip away the afternoon with an Indigenous inspired cocktail at this relaxed and inviting bar or perhaps stop by for a pre-dinner drink. The lemon myrtle martini is a must!

9. Enjoy exclusive dune top views of the impressive Field of Light.

After a short transfer to a remote desert location, delight in a selection of canapes with sparkling wine or beer as you watch the setting sun and majestic views of Uluru. As darkness falls around you, Field of Light beckons you to explore and lose yourself momentarily in the rhythm of 50,000 coloured glass spheres.

Field of Light

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1 Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

This 1-day Hop On Hop Off pass gives you the freedom to explore Uluru at your own pace for one day. From sunrise to sunset, hop on and hop off as much as you like throughout the day. Additionally, this pass also entitles you to one bonus transfer to and from Kata Tjuta within the same day. Download timetable and map

15min Uluru and Resort Postcard Flight (daytime)

Limited on time? Take to the skies on a 15 minute scenic helicopter flight that takes you past Ayers Rock Resort and onto breathtaking views of the desert landscape and the majestic Uluru, as well as Kata Tjuta in the distance. Enjoy this tour anytime throughout the day, excluding sunrise and sunset. Tour duration is approx. 1 hour

15min Rock Blast (Daytime)

Launch off on a rock blasting adventure and take in the sights of Ayers Rock Resort and surrounding desert landscape as you make your way towards Uluru. Enjoy a panoramic view of the breathtaking scenery unique to the Red Centre.  Tour duration approx. 1 hour
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Longitude 131°

Located adjacent to Ayers Rock Resort, Longitude 131° offers an exclusive experience of the Australian Outback, rich in cultural heritage and history.

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Ayers Rock Resort's 4 star self-contained apartments: Only 20km from Uluru, the newly renovated 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are sheltered behind gardens of native trees. Lowest Price Guarantee.

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Ecology & Museum Tour

Wintjiri museum provides an educational display highlighting local history, Aboriginal culture, geology, flora and fauna. On this interpretative tour of the museum your Aboriginal guide will introduce you to the region's unique ecology and classes of mammals and fauna types not found anywhere else in the world.  Gain insights into the Anangu land conservation and management practices as well as a brief historical overview; starting 30,000 years ago with the Aboriginal habitation to the early European explorers, and the development of tourism at Uluru. Tour duration: approx. 45 minutes. Days and times: daily, 3pm Location: Wintjiri Arts & Museum

Bush Yarn

Welcome to the Circle of Sand, the Indigenous heart of Ayers Rock Resort. You'll become captivated by the yarns told by an Indigenous storyteller of Aboriginal history, culture and traditional techniques used on the land. Dependant on the season, learn about traditional bushtucker or an Indigenous man’s “survival kit” including weapons such as katjii (hunting spears), tjutinpa (clubs), kali (boomerangs) and miru (spear thrower). Tour duration: approx 30 minutes. Days and times: daily, 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am Location: Town Square Lawn Area

Guided Garden Walk

Desert Gardens Hotel is famous for it's magnificent gardens full of local flora. Meet your Indigenous guide at the hotel's reception for a guided tour of these authentic native gardens and an introduction to the many different plants which Anangu relied on for food and medicinal purposes. Tour duration approx. 1 hour.
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3 Day Uluru Outback Adventure Itinerary

Discover adventure in the Australian outback over 2 adventure-packed nights. Witness an amazing sunrise over Uluru. Get an adrenaline rush on a Harley Davidson ride. Enjoy dinner under the stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence and various guest activities. Tours in this itinerary requires a moderate level of fitness.

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Explore Australia's Red Centre on a budget in 2 packed nights. Experience the magic of Uluru. Enjoy a dinner under the stars at the award-winning Sounds of Silence, walk through the Field of Light and discover various guest activities that will provide you with unforgettable memories. This itinerary is designed for those wanting a budget adventure.

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Ayers Rock Resort is currently closed due to the impact of COVID-19 and related Northern Territory border and remote community closures.  We are currently taking general bookings from 1 August 2020, although this will be reviewed regularly should circumstances change. The Lost Camel Hotel is open for limited bookings for local residents and other guests who meet the mandated travel requirements and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines regarding health and safety. For guests travelling from outside the area prior to 17 July a mandatory 14 day self-isolation period will apply. Please refer to our FAQ page for further information.