Being able to spend a weekend in one of Australia’s most unique destinations, seeing and experiencing all its wonders, is something very special.
Flying directly to Uluru from selected Australian cities via a private charter jet aircraft, departing Friday and returning Sunday, are our exclusive Uluru weekend getaways with everything taken care of, including hospitable tour hosts from start to finish.
A stay at the famous and newly refurbished Sails in the Desert at Ayers Rock Resort is just one of the bucket-list inclusions for the weekend. The famous image of the numerous white sails lined up against the spectacular Red Centre backdrop creates a familiar sight for many in this intrinsic part of Australia. The Sails in the Desert hotel’s contemporary design is aptly interwoven with life of the local Anangu people into every facet of this unique and stunning property, evident from the moment you arrive, and undoubtedly the hotel’s most striking attribute. Now boasting a fresh, new look with the elegant spacious rooms recently redesigned, all featuring the luxurious Sails in the Desert’s ‘Ahh’ Beds and a modern neutral palate.
Alternatively, some departures stay at Desert Gardens at Ayers Rock Resort, surrounded by lush native gardens and boasting breathtaking views of Uluru. The elegantly appointed guest rooms offer a relaxing retreat from a day of exploring with the luxuries and amenities you come to expect from renowned resorts.
Stays at either accommodation also include free Indigenous activities, return Ayers Rock Airport transfers, in-room WiFi and free use of the Ayers Rock Resort shuttle bus service.
The Field of Light installation, by international artist Bruce Munro, is a truly spectacular display of art imitating nature as the thousands of light spindles seemingly sway in the breeze like of field of flowers as vibrant colours burst from the landscape, illuminating the evening desert. Select departures feature the Field of Light Star Pass which begins with drinks and outback canapes at an exclusive dune top and a deeper insight as your host talks you through the light installation that awaits.
Very much worth the additional cost is the famous Sounds of Silence*. Be serenaded by the mesmerising sounds of the didgeridoo as you enjoy drinks and canapes on the viewing platform with majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the distance as your backdrop. Make your way through the red sand to your table under the outback evening sky as you are served a 3-course native-inspired buffet dinner. One of the highlights for many is the Star Talk, held between the main and dessert course, as you are taken on a passionate, informative and interactive journey through the stars and visible planets with a resident star talker.
Enjoy a private group tour of incredible Uluru and be captivated by this ancient monolith as you learn of the significant Aboriginal history of this sacred site, dating back thousands of years. Learn of the local Aboriginal rock art and stories passed on from generation to generation, and a glimpse into Uluru’s cultural significance and Dreamtime. View the Mutitjulu Waterhole, located only a short walk from the Kuniya carpark on the eastern side of Uluru, and its glass like surface, surrounded by pastel blues and greys of the rock contrasting beautifully with orange and ochre hues.
There is still that all important free time included for further optional touring*, a recharging spa treatment or just relaxing on a daybed by the pool^. Well worth the early start is the Sunrise Camel Experience as you are guided through the desert via camel trail as the crisp morning landscape peacefully awakens and Uluru and Kata Tjuta come to light in the distance. Listen to the cameleers as they talk you through the local flora and fauna before enjoying a light breakfast of freshly baked damper, tea and coffee. Witness another serene sunrise on a morning Kata Tjuta tour, taking in the breathtaking domes as dawn breaks followed by a walk through Walpa Gorge and completed with an outdoor breakfast in this surreal location. A sunset or sunrise helicopter tour is another popular choice as you soar above the Red Centre for an adventure of a lifetime, as is an Uluru Segway tour, cruising around Uluru’s base for a fun and unique encounter. Take the time to wander through the Town Square and visit the art gallery for a stunning collection of Aboriginal art to enjoy or take home your piece and story. Voyages’ Ayers Rock Resort offers a fantastic free Indigenous activities program, included in your stay, for immersive insights into many aspects of Aboriginal culture, history, bush tucker and more.
This whirlwind weekend will delight your senses and feed your soul, not feel rushed but rather relaxed and special. There is something about Uluru that is so enriching and rejuvenating that must be experienced to be understood.
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^ The swimming pool at the Sails in the Desert will be closed from 28 January - 31 March 2022, while we undertake important maintenance work. We anticipate minimal disruption for in-house guest aside from the pool not being available and site screening around the area. Guests will be welcome to use the pool at Desert Gardens Hotel for the duration of these works.
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