Ayers Rock Resort
What's On at Ayers Rock Resort in 2014-2015
Throughout the year Ayers Rock Resort hosts a number of special experiences and major annual events that will add yet another element to your stay. With activities, performances and events that encompass culture, fashion, sports, astronomy, music and art, Ayers Rock Resort's spectacular line-up of vibrant events gives you even more reasons to visit the spiritual heart of Australia.
JUNE-NOVEMBER | Astronomer in Residence Program
Learn more about the stars, planets, galaxy, Big Bang theory and cosmos with Ayers Rock Resort's Astronomer in Residence Program, brought to you in partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).
Between 7 June and 7 November 2014, join one of the FREE Astronomy information sessions at the Resort Town Square to meet and interact with the resident astrophysicist and learn about their area of expertise.
Explore the Astronomer in Residence Program
JUNE-OCTOBER | Weekend Sundown Sessions
Ayers Rock Resort is offering yet another reason to escape to the spiritual heart of Australia with a series of Weekend Sundown Sessions every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 26 June until 11 October 2014, offering free entertainment that will make your weekend even more special.
On Thursday nights sit back for a moonlight cinema experience under the sparkling outback night sky. Friday and Saturday nights feature live music sessions with Warren H Williams, one of the biggest Indigenous identities on the Australian music scene.
Explore the Weekend Sundown Sessions
AUGUST | Astronomy Weekend 22-24 August 2014
Entry: FREE | Charges apply for select events
The Australian desert around Uluru is perhaps one of the best places in the world to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal light pollution in the Red Centre allow you to view stars and planets like you've never seen them before. Ayers Rock Resort's Astronomy Weekend – led by popular scientific personality Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and some of the world's leading experts – will include discussion sessions on astro-statistics, the structure of the cosmos, a Gala Star Ball and more.
It will provide those already familiar with the night sky new insights and for those new to astronomy an excellent introduction. Other special events will include an exclusive Astronomical Sounds of Silence dinner experience.
Explore the Uluru Astronomy Weekend
OCTOBER | Uluru in View: a MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition 10-12 October 2014
Entry: Special packages available
For those wishing to explore the spiritual heart of Australia by capturing its essence through the lens of a camera, there is no better way than to join likeminded travellers at Ayers Rock Resort for "Uluru in View: a MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition".
Suitable for all photography enthusiasts, beginners to advanced, this weekend provides you with the opportunity to learn from some of Australia's most applauded photographers. With engaging photography workshops, presenters from MiNDFOOD magazine and gourmet cuisine experiences, Uluru in View promises to deliver a unique immersion in this desert landscape.
Explore the Uluru in View: a MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition
APRIL | Tjungu Festival 23-26 April 2015
Entry: FREE | charges apply for select events
Tjungu (pron. tjoo-ngoo), meaning meeting or coming together in local Anangu language, celebrates the best of Australian Indigenous culture.
During this four-day family friendly festival the Resort will be humming with activity from sunrise to sunset and beyond. There will be a lively timetable of events featuring everything from culture to film and art, from sport to music, food and fashion. Highlights include a local Anangu welcome to country, interactive markets showcasing Indigenous art and bush foods, a spectacular line-up of traditional and contemporary Indigenous musicians and bands, the Tjungu Short Film Fest, AFL Tjungu Cup and an exclusive dining experience under the stars with a contemporary bush food inspired menu.
To get a feel for the festival see the 2014 schedule of events and photos
JULY | Australian Outback Marathon 25 July 2015
Entry: Charges apply - book with Australian Outback Marathon
Now in its sixth year, Ayers Rock Resort again plays host to the Australian Outback Marathon on 25 July 2015. Set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in the world entrants from all over the world will once again pound the red dust with spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Race organiser and sports tour operator, Travelling Fit, have designed the event to be enjoyed by all levels of running abilities offering four different events - a full marathon, half marathon and two fun runs. Most of the race course is plotted on unsealed roads, trails and bush tracks.