Needing a break from the every day and not sure where to go? Check out this fabulous Outback adventure to Uluru and explore this divine destination at your leisure…
Sounds of Silence Dinner
Desert Awakenings tour
Field of Light Installation
Seit Cave Hill
and whatever your heart desires…
This Outback Adventure to Uluru has been inspired by the very creative Sophia Tsiaprakis (who could be one of our fab product managers we love this so much) who won our competition for creating a girls’ getaway, earlier in 2020.
This beautiful itinerary to Uluru can be adapted to fit anyone’s requirements. And as we are holidaying in our own backyard at the moment this is a sensational way to explore this divine destination.
Uluru is magical and one of the most important indigenous sites in Australia. It is a place of dreamtime and storytelling offering a cultural journey that will stay with you for a lifetime. The vast outback, ochre red and seemingly endless will literally take your breath away.
Ask us how to make this extraordinary adventure your reality today. Come on – you know you want to!
This is a suggested itinerary only – price and inclusions will be determined by time of travel and your final itinerary.
Suggested accommodation and activities are detailed in the itinerary.
Day 1 – Welcome to Uluru…
Upon arrival into Ayres Rock Airport, transfer to you selected accommodation. Check in is usually at 3pm for most of the Ayers Rock Resort properties. Depending on your arrival time, check-in and head to your room or if it is not available the hotel will store your bags.
Get acquainted with your surroundings and enjoy some r’n’r time before you get ready for your evening out to enjoy the spectacular ‘Sounds of Silence Dinner’.
Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.
Enjoy canapes and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table for an unforgettable dining experience.
Attentive staff will keep your glass full with a quality selection of Australian wine and beer while first course is served. As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients.
Settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.
Suggested accommodation: Sails In the Desert or Desert Gardens Hotel
This morning start your day with your Desert Awakenings tour.
Experience the tranquillity of the pre-dawn land under a canopy of stars. Watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop. In the company of your expert guide, Desert Awakenings is designed to introduce you to the natural and cultural landscapes of this remarkable region.
Watch the distant domes of Kata Tjuta come into view and enjoy a traditional Aussie breakfast of bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and homemade damper with golden syrup in the open air. After breakfast your guide will explain the natural history of the region, and as the daylight reveals the myriad of animal tracks in the sand an insight into what activity took place during the night.
Once the sun is up, enjoy a guided tour at the base of Uluru. First stop is Kuniya where you’ll take a short walk to the Mutitjulu waterhole. A visit here will help appreciate its cathedral like proportions and why it is such a powerful and spiritual place for visitors and Anangu (local Aboriginal people) alike.
Transfer back to your hotel and enjoy a leisurely lunch and a well earned rest before indulging in some spa time or some pool time (or both depending on where you are staying!).
This evening enjoy The field of Light Art Installation where as darkness falls and Uluru is thrown into silhouette, Field of Light illuminates. As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert.
The critically acclaimed Field of Light Uluru by the internationally celebrated artist Bruce Munro is on display and due to popular demand, has now been extended indefinitely.
The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara is Munro’s largest work to date. Overwhelming in size, covering more than seven football fields, it invites immersion in its fantasy garden of 50,000 spindles of light, the stems breathing and swaying through a sympathetic desert spectrum of ochre, deep violet, blue and gentle white.
If you want to take this up a notch you can also enjoy this tour by camel – something unique and definitely a memory you won’t forget – ever! Prior to sundown, you will be collected from you Hotel and transferred to the Uluru Camel Farm.
Meander through red sand dunes on your friendly camel with Uluru and Kata-Tjuta as your backdrop, while your experienced cameleer describes the unique flora and fauna of the landscape that surrounds you.
As your peaceful ride comes to a close, you will be greeted and offered sparkling wine as you arrive at the dune top where your ‘Field of Light Star Pass’ experience begins.
Dinner is at leisure this evening on your return to the hotel.
Suggested accommodation: Sails in the Desert or Desert Gardens Hotel
On your last full day in this exquisite environment you will want to ensure you make the most of it!
Delve into the local aboriginal culture on this fab experience, a once-in-a-lifetime exclusive invitation to visit the remote Pitjantjatjara Lands of Central Australia for a full day Indigenous cultural experience.
Journey by 4WD into the desert to meet your Anangu host who will provide you insight into everyday Aboriginal life. The Anangu are the Traditional Owners of Cave Hill, which is the site of the Seven Sisters Tjukurpa (creation time).
The highlight of the tour is the magnificent cave paintings – the most significant art site in Central Australia – where the creation story of the Seven Sisters is graphically illustrated on the ceiling of the cave. You will discuss Tjukurpa and the Songlines and learn about the traditional gathering and preparation of bush tucker delights and their relevance to Anangu life in the desert. A scrumptious morning tea and outback BBQ lunch is included in this tour.
On arrival back at the hotel you can either dine in or choose from another gorgeous desert dining experience such as the Tali Wiru experience. It just depends on stamina!
Suggested accommodation: Sails in the Desert or Desert Gardens Hotel
Today you will depart the hotel, and the time will depend on your flights. There are transfer options from the hotel, which can be arranged directly with them. If you have a later flight enjoy some of the free options available at the resort such as the bush food experience, a bush yarn or explore the resort gardens.
Enjoy and bon voyage…
In the heart of Australia’s Red Centre, Sails in the Desert hotel beautifully contrasts Uluru’s raw natural beauty with a decidedly premium outback holiday experience. Re-opening on 01 August, Sails in the Desert will welcome guests back for an unforgettable holiday with a new look and feel, including elegantly redesigned guest rooms and suites, refreshed lobby and pool areas, and an elevated dining experience at Ilkari Restaurant.
Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort’s Sails in the Desert hotel, shading 228 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites.
In a destination where one of the world’s oldest cultures still thrives, the mystery, colour and wisdom of the local Anangu people is interwoven into every facet of Sails in the Desert’s modern design.
This hotel features an expansive gumtree lined swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, lounge and bar options. Relax and feast in the brasserie-style Ilkari Restaurant or let time tick by as you enjoy cocktails, music and Indigenous-inspired cuisine in the Walpa Lobby Bar, or curl up on one of the daybeds and enjoy a casual lunch and cocktail by the pool.
Offering the only rooms with views of Uluru in Ayers Rock Resort, 4.5 star Desert Gardens Hotel offers 218 elegant guestrooms within an oasis of native gardens.
Accommodation options are diverse from deluxe rock view rooms to shady poolside rooms all located under a canopy of towering gum trees and garden beds dotted with native shrubs and flowers.
Taking its name from the Pitjantjatjara word for desert quandong, Mangata Bistro & Bar serves a delicious buffet breakfast and, for lunch and dinner, a diverse range of light meals showcasing the finest Australian produce with highlights of native Australian bush tucker flavours throughout. The contemporary indoor area flows seamlessly to an outdoor terrace, surrounded by the native greens of the iconic gardens of the hotel.
Arnguli Grill & Restaurant, Ayers Rock Resort’s premier à la carte dining location, takes its name from the Pitjantjatjara word for bush plum. Located in the shadows of the hotel’s ghost gums, overlooking the central pool and garden, the restaurant offers quality Australian produce featuring native Indigenous flavours. Open daily for dinner, Arnguli’s outback-inspired interiors feature distinctive Indigenous artefacts and a dramatic patterned carpet inspired by local vegetation.