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7 Reasons To Visit Uluru in 2018

Are you planning to visit Uluru in 2018? With another year comes another exciting line-up of events and festivities taking place at Ayers Rock Resort.

7 Reasons To Visit Uluru in 2018

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Are you planning to visit Uluru in 2018? With another year comes another exciting line-up of events and festivities taking place at Ayers Rock Resort. From cultural and culinary experiences and immersive art installations, to a weekend of camel racing and stargazing, make the most out of your Uluru trip and plan your itinerary around these seven exciting events.

1. FIELD OF LIGHT ULURU

Field of Light Uluru Kate Miles

WHEN: EVERY NIGHT UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2020

With Uluru as your backdrop, witness a fantasy garden of 50,000 coloured stems light up the desert as you walk through the Field of Light. This award-winning exhibition by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro will continue to light up the spiritual heart of Australia until 31 December 2020.

There are a number of ways to experience the field including a Field of Light Pass, Star Pass, or for a special evening dining under the stars there is A Night at Field of Light. We recommend booking your Field of Light tour before arrival.

2. ULURU FEASTIVAL

Bush Tucker Journeys Flatlay

WHEN: 9-10 MARCH 2018

Catch a taste of Australia’s native flavours during the Uluru Feastival. For a weekend, you can experience Indigenous food and culture all in one place with open air dining, traditional bush tucker tastings, and a signature masterclass and three-course tasting dinner with Bush Tucker Journeys Ambassador and Indigenous celebrity chef Mark Olive.

Book your spot and get ready for a feast to tantalise all the senses.

3. TJUNGU INDIGENOUS CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Tjungu Festival Inma Welcome To Country

WHEN: 26-29 APRIL 2018

Celebrate the best of Australia’s Indigenous culture at the Tjungu Festival. This family-friendly festival runs for four days and will be buzzing with performances and activities to see and do from sunrise to sunset.

Browse the art and bush tucker markets, enjoy Indigenous music and dance performances, watch an Indigenous fashion parade, or be entertained under the stars with a special performance by country music legend Troy Cassar-Daley. Bookings essential

4. ULURU CAMEL CUP

Uluru Camel Cup Racing

WHEN: 25-26 MAY 2018

A must-do on every outback travellers list, the Uluru Camel Cup is the race that stops the rock. Join the locals for a fun-filled weekend of camel racing, boot scooting, whip cracking, live entertainment, and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Bid on your favourite camel in the Camel Cup Calcutta then cheer it to victory at the Uluru Camel Cup Race Day. Dress up for Fashions on the Field, then finish the weekend off with a true blue outback-style ball set under the sparkling night sky. Note: Entry fees apply for Camel Cup Race Day and Frock Up & Rock Up Ball.

5. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK MARATHON

Australian Outback Marathon

WHEN: 28 JULY 2018

It’s not every day you’ll find a backdrop to a marathon with spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. If you love running and adventure, the Australian Outback Marathon is one to put on the bucket list.

The event is designed for all levels of running abilities, with a full marathon, half marathon, 11km and 6km fun runs on a relatively flat course. If you’d like to participate this year, don’t forget to book your spot.

6. ULURU WELLNESS RETREAT

Uluru Wellness Retreat

WHEN: 7-13 SEPTEMBER 2018

With a new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to re-centre and restore your mind, body and spirit. The Uluru Wellness Retreat, hosted by popular life change facilitator Peter Bliss, will empower you to manage your emotions and master your mind through workshops, programs and guided meditations.

Set in the spiritual surrounds of Ayers Rock Resort and Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, this is one truly memorable and reinvigorating escape.

7. ULURU ASTRONOMY WEEKEND

Outback Sky Journeys Stargazing

WHEN: 14-16 SEPTEMBER 2018

If all things ‘space’ peaks your interest, then the Uluru Astronomy Weekend is one to mark on your calendar. Run in partnership with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) and led by some of the world’s leading astronomers, you’ll discover and learn about the outback sky during this spectacular stargazing weekend.

Sit back and relax as we decode the night sky, test your astronomical knowledge at an Astro Trivia Lunch, or enjoy the full astronomical experience at a Stellar Starlit Dinner under the stars.  

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Uluru Bicycle Hire (Departure 1)

Take a morning ride around the base of Uluru by bicycle. The 15 kilometre self-guided journey is easily made within 3 hours and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Stop and explore the pure beauty of this spiritual and unique wonder of the world at your own pace. Once you have finished your ride, you are free to explore the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre. Includes return hotel transfers operated by Uluru Hop On & Hop Off. Children toddler seats and tag-a-longs available on request, subject to availability. Departure times: Return transfer from your accommodation by Uluru Hop ON Hop Off 7:15am December 7:45am February 8:30am March 9:30am October and November 10:00am September 10:15am 16-30 April and May 10:30am 1-15 April and June to August Duration approx. 4 hours

1 Day Hop On Hop Off Pass

This 1-day Hop On Hop Off pass gives you the freedom to explore Uluru at your own pace for one day. From sunrise to sunset, hop on and hop off as much as you like throughout the day. Additionally, this pass also entitles you to one bonus transfer to and from Kata Tjuta within the same day. Download timetable and map

15min Uluru and Resort Postcard Flight (daytime)

Limited on time? Take to the skies on a 15 minute scenic helicopter flight that takes you past Ayers Rock Resort and onto breathtaking views of the desert landscape and the majestic Uluru, as well as Kata Tjuta in the distance. Enjoy this tour anytime throughout the day, excluding sunrise and sunset. Tour duration is approx. 1 hour
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Located adjacent to Ayers Rock Resort, Longitude 131° offers an exclusive experience of the Australian Outback, rich in cultural heritage and history.

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Ayers Rock Resort's 4 star self-contained apartments: Only 20km from Uluru, the newly renovated 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are sheltered behind gardens of native trees. Lowest Price Guarantee.

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Ayers Rock campground is located only 15km from Uluru and offers cabin accommodation, unpowered and powered sites for caravans, campervans, motor homes and camper trailers. Campground offers modern camping facilities and a playground, pool, supermarket and petrol station.
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Bush Food Experience

Learn about Australian and local native bush foods with a tasting of seasonal seeds, fruits and spices. Your knowledgeable guide will describe how for centuries the Indigenous people used the bush for food.  You'll find out about the uses of certain plants, fruits, grains and spices and about traditional food preparation methods. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of a recipe using some of the ancient native bush ingredients. Tour duration approx. 45 minutes. 

Mani Mani Indigenous Cultural Theatre

Mani-Mani Theatre Company’s unique sound, lighting, 3D effects and performance take you on a visually captivating experience transporting you to the ancient lands of Central Australia where the story of Walawuru, Kakalyalya & Kaanka unravels. The symbolic story of Walawuru, Kakalyalya & Kaanka is a tale of love, jealousy and greed. Expressed through ‘Mani-Mani’, the local art form of storytelling, this contemporary Indigenous performance brings to life the ancient ancestral beings Walawuru the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and his two wives; Kaanka the black crow and Kakalyalya the white cockatoo. Walawuru is happy with his two wives but little does he know Kaanka is evil and very jealous of the kind and caring Kakalyalya. The word ‘Mani-Mani’ comes from the Yankunytjatjara & Pitjantjatjara language of the Anangu people of Central Australia. Anangu people would often tell stories by drawing symbols in the sand using a stick taken from a branch of the Mani-Mani tree. The stories were often about ancestors, real events in history and the Tjukurpa creation time. Please note: this tour will recommence 5 February 2018

Ecology & Museum Tour

Wintjiri museum provides an educational display highlighting local history, Aboriginal culture, geology, flora and fauna. On this interpretative tour of the museum your Aboriginal guide will introduce you to the region's unique ecology and classes of mammals and fauna types not found anywhere else in the world.  Gain insights into the Anangu land conservation and management practices as well as a brief historical overview; starting 30,000 years ago with the Aboriginal habitation to the early European explorers, and the development of tourism at Uluru. Tour duration approx. 45 minutes.
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Discover the best of Uluru and surrounds with once-in-a-lifetime tours and activities on this 2 night Best of Uluru itinerary. Witness the Field of Light art installation, watch as the sunrises over Uluru and Kata Tjuta and learn about Indigenous culture and traditions in Australia's spiritual heart.

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Discover the magic of Uluru and immerse yourself in this cultural living landscape with this 2 night Uluru Cultural Itinerary.

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Enjoy this 2 night Luxury Uluru getaway and experience the unforgettable Tali Wiru dinner under the Central Australian desert night sky. Watch the sun rise over Uluru as the desert awakens and join various Indigenous activities at Ayers Rock Resort. This itinerary is suited to couples or two singles wanting an indulgent Outback stay.
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