The grandeur of the world’s most iconic rock deserves nothing less than luxury and a front-row seat to the unforgettable luxury experiences on offer.
Australia’s Red Centre, with its swathes of red dirt, cobalt blue skies and monolithic rocks, is known as the place to go for a little spiritual recalibration. What’s less obvious, however, is the sheer number of luxury experiences on offer. Here, 10 ways to do Uluru in style.
1. Truly disconnect in an oasis in the desert
Sails in the Desert is a five-star hotel that rises out of the red dust, setting the scene for a luxury escape like no other. Choose from an incredible lineup of complimentary and special experiences: relax by the gumtree-lined swimming pool; read a book on the terrace of your deluxe suite; make the most of your luxury spa bath; or order room service from your king-sized bed.
And if you really want to kick the luxury into the stratosphere, why not book on the luxury glamping tents at Longitude 131.
2. Soak up the views of an unparalleled landscape
With more than 101 tours and experiences on offer, we have narrowed it down to 11 amazing Uluru experiences not to miss; from tours that take in Uluru and the Field of Light as the dawn awakens to sunset tours atop a camel or onboard a helicopter. However you choose to see it, be sure to soak up the views of the endless plains, rolling red dunes and monumental ancient rock formations dotted around this rugged outback country.
3. Unwind at the Red Ochre Spa
Red Ochre Spa, located in Sails of the Desert, is an outback oasis in the heart of Uluru. Swap an accidental ‘exfoliation by red dirt’ for an Elixir Body Exfoliation or spoil yourself with one of its Signature Journeys, such as the Desert Awakening or Uluru Recovery; designed to alleviate weary bodies after action-packed days spent exploring.
4. See Uluru and Kata Tjuta like a VIP
Book a private flight for two from Ayers Rock Resort to enjoy 360-degree, uninterrupted views of the great Australian outback and two of its most unique and impressive monoliths: Uluru and Kata Tjuta. This luxury, once-in-a-lifetime experience is made even more special when you take flight at sunrise or sunset, as the vast desert landscape becomes smudged with shades of purple, pink, orange, red and yellow.
5. Savour the afternoon searching for local Indigenous art
Stroll between three galleries at the resort to discover a superb collection of original Indigenous paintings representing the many different regional styles. Browse a collection of hand-crafted glassware, jewellery, pottery and textiles to find the perfect gift or addition to your home. You can also take part in a dot painting class and create your own artwork that reflects your own unique story to take home with you.
6. Experience world-class gastronomic fare in the heart of the outback
Tali Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful dune’ in the local Anangu language, encapsulates the magic of fine dining under the southern desert sky. Take your seat at this open-air restaurant and enjoy four courses of incredible food infused with ancient native ingredients, all perfectly paired with premium Australian wines. This incredible experience is limited to just 20 people per evening and operates from 1 April to 30 September each year.
7. Connect with the world’s oldest culture
Discover the mystery, energy and wisdom of the Australia’s Indigenous 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 can learn about native Australian bush foods and traditional food preparation methods. Taste seasonal plants, seeds, fruits and spices before enjoying a cooking demonstration.
8. Lap up the peacefulness of a pre-dawn desert
Rise before the sun to welcome the dawn of a new day as the night stars fade and an array of colours signal a new beginning on the Desert Awakenings Tour. Enjoy a traditional Aussie bushman’s breakfast before an introduction from your guide on the ancient landscape, ecology, culture, heritage and history of Australia’s spiritual heartland. Armed with this new, deeper understanding of the landscape, you can then follow in the footsteps of the ancestral beings that helped shaped this special part of our country on a guided tour around the base of Uluru.
9. Sip on a cocktail at the Walpa Lobby Bar
Stop by for a pre-dinner drink or nightcap after a sunset tour, or sip away the afternoon with an Indigenous-inspired cocktail at the relaxed and inviting Walpa Lobby Bar. You’ll find classic cocktails alongside more exotic concoctions using ingredients sourced from all over Australia; the signature lemon myrtle martini is a standout!
10. Enjoy exclusive dune-top views of the impressive Field of Light
After a short transfer to a remote desert location, you will delight in a selection of canapes with sparkling wine or beer as you watch the setting sun and majestic view of Uluru. As darkness falls around you, Field of Light Uluru beckons. The installation by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro invites you to lose yourself momentarily in the swaying rhythm of 50,000 coloured glass tendrils.
Visit our ultimate guide to Uluru for more.