Experience No.021 in Australian Traveller’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences

Kicking the red dust of Australia around your feet under a sky with more glitter and sparkle than a busload of Liberaces is a fulfilling experience that rewards forever.

This is a gourmet experience made not by the food, which is reasonable but not outstanding, but by the transformational effect of the unforgettable location.

Guests at the Sounds of Silence dinner start this experience with a canapé and drink on a private dune. It’s the perfect front-row seat for a sunset show starring The Rock.

The atmosphere cools and Uluru goes from muted brown to brilliant red, epitomising the beauty of the ever-changing heart of Australia. Transported to a private dinner setting, guests are seated with fellow travellers at round tables, still outdoors. Travel stories are swapped and friendships formed as the darkness rises. Suddenly the stars are all around you and there’s more shimmer than inside a diamond store. A buffet is served and the camaraderie of people who have journeyed thousands of kilometres from all over the world connects the diners.

An astronomer appears from the gloom and reveals the amazing stories from all the lands about the stars, using a laser pen to pin each constellation in place against its velvet backdrop. The remarkable similarity of stories attributed to the same constellations across thousands of years and different cultures strengthens the connection between diners of different countries and continents.

This is a gourmet experience made not by the food, which is reasonable but not outstanding, but by the transformational effect of the unforgettable location.

Where: Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara NT. (08) 8957 7888, www.ayersrockresort.com.au

Did you know: The Pleiades constellation in Greek mythology is known as the Seven Sisters, who are being pursued by Orion. The same constellation in Central Desert Papanya mythology is interpreted as seven sisters being pursued by a warrior who lives in the middle star of Orion’s belt.

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