Ayers Rock Resort

Uluru in View: Photography Weekend 10-12 October

Uluru Night
Sunset Feast
Portrait Photography

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 exclusive weekend brings together some of Australia's most noted photographers - Grenville Turner, Wayne Sorensen, Wayne Quilliam and photographic folio, food and social media authority, Sally Brownbill. The weekend holds in store a variety of informative workshops including camera and lighting techniques, portraiture, landscape and food photography and post-production techniques.

Kick off your inspirational journey with a Dot Painting Workshop, learning traditional techniques from Anangu artists to create your own dot-masterpiece. Enhance your knowledge at our photography workshops and then test your new skills on our specially designed photography expeditions from your base at Ayers Rock Resort. Capture the magnificent and ever changing colours of one of the world's largest monoliths - Uluru, from a distance or up close and personal. Enjoy an exclusive outdoor dining experience "Tastes of the Outback" with a contemporary bush tucker inspired menu and Master Class by celebrity Indigenous chef - "The Black Olive".

Over the course of the weekend, your best photograph taken at each of the designated workshops and events, will be entered into a competition, with prize-winner announced at the conclusion of the event.

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.

Entry: Two and three-night packages available



2 NIGHTS from$1,295*per person twin share

Accommodation Packages Include:

  • Accommodation in a Superior Room at 5-star Sails in the Desert
  • Buffet breakfast daily at Ilkari Restaurant
  • Maruku Dot Painting Workshop
  • 'Tastes of the Outback' dining experience under the night sky
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta Sunrise: Landscape Photography Tour
  • Photography Workshops
  • Grazing buffet lunch on Saturday
  • Culinary masterclass with 'The Black Olive' with Food on Film Workshop
  • Uluru at Sunset: Up Close & Personal Photography Tour
  • 'Inside the Image' 3-course Gala Dinner on Saturday evening
  • A three-day Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park entry pass
  • An Indigenous activities program including cultural dance performance, guided garden walk, spear & boomerang throwing and Indigenous story telling experience
  • Return Ayers Rock Airport transfers to your hotel
  • Free use of Ayers Rock Resort shuttle bus service


Please note: You will need to bring your own digital camera, no minimum standards required, from point-and-shoot to advanced digital SLRs.


While the Uluru in View: A MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition covers two nights, it would be a shame not to extend your stay to make the most of your visit and explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta further. Additional touring options include camel rides, helicopter flights and interpretative guided tours, among others.


Uluru at the base
Dot Painting Workshop
Tastest of the Outback
Tatest of the Outback
Weekend Welcome + Traditional Inma Welcome to Country

2pm-2:30pm | Uluru Meeting Place

Enjoy an overview of the weekend's activities, before the senior Anangu men and women offer you the privilege to share in a traditional Inma Welcome to Country.

Dot Painting Workshop

2:30pm-4:00pm | Uluru Meeting Place

Maruku Arts Dot Painting Workshop provides a fun introduction to Western Indigenous Art. Join Indigenous artists and learn about the different symbols used to create beautiful works of art depicting Tjukurpa (Creation Time) stories. Create your own dot-masterpiece to take home as a memento of your experience.

Tastes of the Outback

4:45pm-10.30pm | Outdoor Dining Site (Pick up from your Hotel)

Your Tastes of the Outback experience begins with canaps and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table for an unforgettable dining experience and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. Feast on a three course contemporary bushtucker inspired plated menu by acclaimed Indigenous chef Mark olive "The Black Olive", matched with a selection of Australian wines.

As the night sky twinkles to life, set your aperture to the lowest and shutterspeed to the longest settings to capture the spectacular outback sky, before settling back to listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible only due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere in the outback.

Enjoy tea or coffee and a glass of port before you head back to the Resort with memories that will last a lifetime.


Uluru Landscape
At the base of Uluru - photography
Photographing at Uluru
Food on Film Photography Course
Uluru Up Close
Uluru Meeting Place
Sunrise Landscape Tour: Kata Tjuta & Uluru

5am-9am | Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Pick up from your Hotel)

Rise early to capture the spectacular changing colours of Kata Tjuta and the desert landscape at sunrise. After taking time to photograph the magnificent 36 domes of Kata Tjuta we'll head to Uluru to capture this monolith in all its glory. Our professional photographers are on hand to help guide and inspire you. Coach transfers & guided commentary included.

After the morning tour enjoy breakfast at leisure at Ilkari Restaurant.

Photography Workshops

10am-12:30pm | Uluru Meeting Place

Join our guest photographers for a variety of interactive sessions on camera techniques (beginners and advanced), lighting techniques, capturing character in portraits, post production techniques, and more.

Grazing Buffet Lunch

12:45pm-13:45pm | Ilkari Restaurant

Enjoy a buffet lunch with interactive chef's station, hosted by head chef Athol Wark.

Master Class with 'The Black Olive' & Food on Film Workshop

2:00pm-4:00pm | Uluru Meeting Place

Join acclaimed Indigenous chef Mark Olive 'The Black Olive' for a master class and learn how he incorporates bush ingredients in contemporary culinary masterpieces. Under the guidance of our special guest photographers discover the macro settings on your camera and capture bush ingredients and food on 'film'.

Uluru at Sunset: Up Close & Personal Photography Tour

5:00pm-7:30pm | Uluru- Kata Tjuta National Park (Pick up from your Hotel)

As the sun sets, Uluru and its surrounding desert landscape are bathed in a kaleidoscope of colour. While the instinct is to join the many travellers at one of the look-outs to witness this daily spectacular, getting up close to Uluru at this time of day is a unique experience. Capture the textures and raw beauty of Uluru at its best. Our special guest photographers will be on hand to help guide and inspire. Coach transfers and guided commentary included.

Inside the Image Gala Dinner

From 8:00pm | Uluru Meeting Place - Tjungu Ballroom

Enjoy canaps and sparkling wine on arrival before joining fellow travellers at your table in the Tjungu Ballroom for a three-course menu accompanied by premium Australian wines. View images taken throughout the weekend on the big screen, with commentary and insights from our photographers. Photography competition winners will be presented by Michael McHugh, Editor in Chief of MiNDFOOD magazine. Then it's time to enjoy dessert and live entertainment on the Ballroom dance floor.


Ilkari Breakfast
Macro Photography Flowers at Uluru
Breakfast at leisure

6:00am-9:00am | Ilkari Restaurant

Enjoy breakfast at leisure at Ilkari Restaurant located at Sails in the Desert

Official Close of the Weekend

9:00am-10:00am | Uluru Meeting Place

On the final morning of the Photography Expedition, Michael McHugh, Editor in Chief of MiNDFOOD magazine will present the last of the awards for the photography competition, followed by the final farewell for the weekend.

While the Uluru in View: A MiNDFOOD Photography Expedition covers two nights, it would be a shame not to extend your stay to make the most of your stay and explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta further. Additional touring options include camel rides, helicopter flights and interpretative guided tours, among others.


Sally Brownbill

Sally Brownbill Sally Brownbill is at the forefront of the Australian photographic industry, promoting and shaping the futures of aspiring and professional photographers through her work as a lecturer, mentor and folio consultant. She's the owner and founder of The Brownbill Effect, an online creative resource and full time placement hub that is changing the way creative talent is marketed and sourced by agencies and the corporate world. Sally is a highly regarded businesswoman and entrepreneur whose experience and prolific work ethic have helped countless photographers and creatives forge lasting and successful careers. Visit www.sallybrownbill.com

Wayne Sorensen

Wayne Sorensen Wayne Sorensen is a landscape photographer based on the Gold Coast. His passion is capturing unique images of natural environments, whether under extreme conditions, from unusual viewpoints or at times when most people don't have opportunity to see with their own eyes. It's this love for the natural world that sees Wayne continually push the envelope in his search for subjects that take you beyond the postcard. From shivering through subzero temperatures on a snow covered Cradle Mountain to shooting Uluru in the middle of a wild rain storm to capture waterfalls on the rock. Wayne has received several prominent awards for his work, including winning the 2012 Canon EOS Photo5 competition for black and white portraiture and the 2009 International Aperture Award for landscape photography. Visit: www.waynesorensen.com

Grenville Turner

Grenville Turner A professional photographer with more than 40 years' experience behind the camera, who has taught at Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education and Charles Sturt University, as well as being a founding tutor at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. Grenville established the curriculum for digital photography and printmaking at KVB Raffles, a private university in Sydney, as well as conducting Study Tours for Sydney University and numerous workshops and independent photographic tours within Australia. Grenville will help you learn to take better pictures and guide you to understand more about post production and the digital darkroom so that you can become proficient at image editing and printmaking. Visit: www.grenvilleturner.com

Wayne Quilliam

Wayne Quilliam Adjunct Professor Wayne Quilliam is a professional Australian Aboriginal Photographic artist/film maker/cultural advisor working on the international stage. With more than 20 years' experience working in all areas of photography including social documentary, sport, tourism, fashion, weddings, movies, event documentation and exhibitions, Wayne is recognised as a leading contemporary in his field. His work is a fusion of traditional spirituality and contemporary photographic processes, each image represents an interpretation of culture in the modern world. His dream is to work with all races of the world and conduct exhibitions in every country. Visit: www.aboriginal.photography


Mark Olive

Mark Olive, known as 'The Black Olive' is Australia's most celebrated and renowned Indigenous chef. He has been cooking for more than 30 years and his charismatic style and creative approach to food have developed him an esteemed reputation and a large following in Australia and around the world. Visit: www.blackolive.net.au


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