Food always tastes better outdoors, but when it’s eaten beneath a twinkling canopy of stars in the outback, it’s truly unforgettable.
The Sounds of Silence dinner atop a sand dune in the desert near Ayers Rock Resort is not your average bush barbecue, nor is it priced as such.
After tucking into fine wines, fresh barramundi, lamb, kangaroo and emu steaks, bush vegetables and luscious desserts, the lanterns are dimmed, the port poured and the legends of the southern sky are explained by a local astronomer.
For something even more intimate, exclusive and gourmet, try Tali Wiri.
Like Sounds of Silence, it’s a four-hour dining experience with a view of Uluru and tales told by an indigenous storyteller, but unlike Sounds (which caters for up to 350 people per evening across three different sites), Tali seats just 20.
To give you a feel for the level of gourmet, let’s just say it starts with Louis Roederer. The cuisine is distinctly Australian – think tender Darling Downs wagyu and wattleseed rubbed kangaroo carpaccio.
Other AT favourite places to eat at Ayers Rock Resort include café-restaurant Geckos, the friendly Pioneer BBQ and Bar at the Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge and Arnguli Grill at Desert Gardens – a lovely, contemporary menu using modern ingredients and unpretentious recipes.
If you are lucky enough to get your timing right, you could be visiting during one of Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive’s Uluru Feastival.