From the moment you set eyes on the big red pebble we so lovingly call Uluru, get ready to feel overwhelmed. From it’s fierce orange glow at sunrise to soft pink tones at sunset, and everything in between, be prepared for the uncontrollable urge to whip out your phone taking as many pictures as humanly possible, in as many applications at your disposable, all the time worrying you’re going to miss that split second opportunity to capture ‘the perfect’ shot. Your one-way ticket to cracking your BP on the number of Instagram likes in 24hrs. And that’s all while walking the Tarmac at Ayers Rock airport.
In an effort to keep your anxiety levels at bay and help you on your quest of snapping the ultimate Facebook Profile pic, here’s our guide to seeing everything this beautiful rock has to offer.
Seeing Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
By foot, by bicycle, by Harley Davidson, by camel back. Whichever way you see it, it’s spectacular! You can explore Uluru and Kata Tjutaalmost every way imaginable: from sunrise treks and breakfast in the outback, to motorbike rides and guided indigenous tours, to camel back conga lines at sunset. Make the most of it. It never gets old.
From a modern Australian interactive buffet – think made-to-order grilling stations, salad and seafood bars, and a DIY desert station inclusive of a chocolate fondant fountain – to poolside dining, pizza and pasta, all the way to gourmet dining under the stars, there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to food. Don’t pass on the seafood curry and grilled Kangaroo at Ilkari Restaurant, hot chips and pizza at Gecko’s Café and espresso martinis at Walpa Lobby Bar. But the real magic happens in the middle of the desert at Sounds of Silence under the stars. Jump on a camel, have a glass of bubbles at sunset, and learn all things astrology while sipping on a glass of merlot.
Ayers Rock Resort offers a variety of accommodation options for every taste and budget: if premium is your thing, Sails in the Desert or Longitude 131° (luxury wilderness camping) is for you. Other options include self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the Desert Gardens Hotel and Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge.
Things To Do
In between sunrise treks, sunset tours and dinner under the stars, there are plenty of free activities to keep you entertained, including: cultural dance performances, spear and boomerang throwing, didgeridoo lessons, bush yarns and storytelling, guided garden tours and more.
Jetstar and Virgin fly direct (from Sydney and Melbourne) to Ayers Rock airport, with Jetstar having launched their direct leg from Melbourne in June 2014.
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
Writer Amy travelled as a guest of Voyages and Jetstar Australia