1 Diving from the sky
One of the ultimate adrenalin rushes. Jump from 12,000 feet above the desert and enjoy a freefall and parachute ride of around five minutes, gazing down over Uluru and Kata Tjuta. All skydives – available any time of day – are tandem jumps, with registered Australian Parachute Federation instructors.
More info: skydiveuluru.com.au
2 Slowly, with Sammy
Get under the skin of Aboriginal Uluru and the Red Centre on a four-wheel-drive tour of the wider region with Sammy Wilson, a local elder, or one of the team of highly knowledgeable guides. The SEIT Outback Australia tours explore mythology, history, flora and fauna, and take in waterholes and sacred sites.
More info: seitoutbackaustralia.com.au
3 Immersed in tiny lights
British artist Bruce Munro’s extraordinary Field of Light installation speaks to the Uluru landscape through a series of illuminated pathways containing 50,000 glowing and undulating spheres that reflect the starry dawn sky and are aptly dubbed “Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku” – which translates as “looking at lots of beautiful lights” – by the local Pitjantjatjara people. Field of Light will be in place until 31 December 2020.
More info: ayersrockresort.com.au
4 From the saddle of a Harley
Meet with your rider about 45 minutes before sunrise and ride pillion to Talinguru Nyakunytjaku (a viewing area) to watch the dawn bring Uluru to life. A full circuit around the base of the mountain will give you a 360-degree close-up of the formation and take you to the “dark side” of the rock.
More info: ulurumotorcycles.com.au
5 High flying by chopper
Ayers Rock Helicopters fly on demand every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset. They offer everything from 15-minute Uluru scenic flights to full-day charters to Kings Canyon and beyond. The short flight allows you to take in the desert setting, with informative commentary from the pilot. Add on 15 minutes and you can see the majestic domes of Kata Tijuta.
More info: flyuluru.com.au
6 From the back of a camel
A one-hour camel ride over the sand dunes in the cool, clear morning air or on a balmy evening is plenty of time to bond with your gentle dromedary and friendly cameleers. It’s a unique perspective on the rock, flora, fauna and surrounding desert, with time allowed to snap pictures (without the swaying action). Afterwards, enjoy a light breakfast of damper (Aussie campfire bread) with local jams plus tea and coffee, or on the sunset trips, some Australian beer, wine, champagne and outback bush foods.
More info: ulurucameltours.com.au
7 Glamping, gazing and gourmet snacks
High-maintenance nomads love Longitude 1310 near Yulara for its luxury designer tents with bespoke furniture, en suite bathrooms with rain showers, and “Baillie Bed” dressed in fine linens with superlative from-your-pillow views of Uluru through floor-to-ceiling windows. Even the restaurant offers stunning views at every meal.
More info: longitude131.com.au
The Northern Territory – gateway to incredible nature and ancient culture
It’s quick and easy to get to Darwin, the tropical capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory, where fascinating history, amazing weather and welcoming locals await you. Singapore Airlines offer daily flights from London Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore with onward connections to Darwin, in a total travel time of just under 19 hours.
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