Discover the highlights of Australia’s Red Centre on this 5-day adventure that takes in the wonders of Uluru and Kata Tjuta staying at the renowned Sails in the Desert resort.
View the sunset and sunrise over Uluru, explore Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Walpa Gorge on guided hikes, learn about Aboriginal culture, and see the night lit up at the Field of Light, see sacred sites and marvel at the natural beauty of the vast central desert.
Transfer from the airport to Ayers Rock Resort. After checking into your luxury Sails in the Desert hotel. Time to relax and get ready for your outback adventure.
Tonight the outback will light up as you enter into the Field of Light. 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.
Meet your guide early this morning at the entrance of your hotel. Today your tour will travel through the landscape to the entrance of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. From there is it a 40 kilometres journey through the desert landscape to the mighty rock formation.
On arrival at the viewing area you walk to the best vantage point to see the 36 domes that comprise this spiritual place while watching the suns morning glow as the desert comes alive.
We make our way to the western side of Kata Tjuta where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy an outback picnic breakfast. As you approach the entrance to Walpa Gorge, named for the wind (Walpa) that whistles between the massive domes that shape Kata Tjuta, the result of eons of weathering and continual upheaval, your guide will share the significance of this men’s sacred ceremonial site.
We take a stroll between these mighty conglomerate rock walls as your guide explains how the environment and the geology have evolved over millions of years.
Your guide will return to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort.
Today you will experience a unique and fun new way to see Uluru. Gliding around Uluru on a Segway is hard to beat. Admire the geology and size of this icon. See ancient Aboriginal rock art and learn about Anangu (local Aboriginal) people. Learn about their way of life and their culture, the Tjurkurpa.
After being picked up from your hotel, we will drive to the base of Uluru where you’ll be shown by your friendly guide how to ride a Segway and test your skills over our Segway training course. Once the group is confident riding the Segway’s we’ll travel the entire way around Uluru! Your guide will stop to share with you information about local culture, history and nature. You’ll also have incredible photo opportunities. After completing the full loop around the base of Uluru you’ll dismount from your Segway be led by your guide into Mutitjulu waterhole, where you can view ancient Aboriginal rock art.
You’ll get a sense of the remoteness of outback Australia as you travel to Kings Canyon. Located in the heart of Watarrka National Park, it lies in an ancient Australian landscape that is sacred ground for the Ulpanyali and Lilla people. The Rim Walk is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The climb up a 100-metre cliff face reveals views of sandstone walls, grottos, chasms and cliffs. Or, for something more relaxing, set off on a two-kilometre stroll along the creek bed that leads to impressive views of the canyon rim.
Climb to the rim of the canyon – Make the rocky climb to the rim of the canyon for marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. Follow the rim of the canyon stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at look-out points. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the ‘Garden of Eden’.
Circuit walk – The circuit walk takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is rocky and steep in parts. It is recommended for those with a good level of fitness. Alternatively, you may wish to take an easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder strewn canyon floor.
You can depart anytime today.
If you have time, don’t miss the chance to see Uluru and Kata Tjuta’s entire formation by taking a ride in one of our helicopters, we are sure you will be left with memorable memories and photographs that will last you a lifetime
Soaring white sails crown Ayers Rock Resort’s Sails in the Desert, shading 228 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites.
This hotel features an expansive gumtree lined swimming pool and a diversity of modern dining, bar and lounge 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.
Sails in the Desert’s stunning Mulgara Gallery takes you on an exploration through the unique styles and breathtaking stories of Indigenous art. Find each of your senses lulled into complete relaxation as you give in to one of the Red Ochre Spa’s treatments.
Your room comes with natural tones to complemented by Indigenous artwork, artifacts and decorative pieces that surround you with the magic and mystery of local Anangu creation stories.
Step out onto the balcony or patio and listen to the desert day transform to night before curling up in the pure opulence of one of Sails in the Desert’s luxury beds.
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