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Astronomy

The Australian Outback is one of the best places to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allow you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before.

Astronomy

The Australian Outback is perhaps one of the best places to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allow you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before. You'll see the wide expanse of the Outback sky ablaze with countless stars. And, if you join the Sounds of Silence dinner, a resident astronomer will take you on a journey through the heavens, letting you view the stars and planets and other astral bodies through the powerful telescopes on site.

The astronomer will also explain the significance of the stars and planets, in ancient mythologies and Aboriginal stories of creation. In partnership with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), the Uluru Astronomy Weekend will be in it's third year, from 26-28 August.

Some of the constellations that you'll hear about are:

Libra - The Scales

Libra is the only one of the classical zodiac constellations which doesn't depict a human or animal. In China it was known as the Star of Longevity which they called Sho-Sing.

Orion - The Hunter

Orion is not a zodiac constellation, but appears at the feet of Gemini, the Twins. Greek mythology has it that Orion the Hunter was an arrogant chap who was stung to death by a scorpion.

The Pleiades or Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters story is part of an Aboriginal songline that traverses the breadth of the continent, from the east to west coast of Australia. In Central Australia they say the seven beautiful women were seen by the hunter Wati Nehru.

Scorpio - The Scorpian

Scorpio, or Scorpius, is large and easily recognisable in winter. When the Aboriginal people from Yirrkala on the north coast of the continent saw Scorpius in the early morning sky they predicted they would soon see Indonesian traders sail into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross and two pointer stars are used to find south in the southern hemisphere, while in the northern hemisphere they use the North Star to find north.

Uluru moonlight

The Moon

Planets often have satellites revolving around them. We call ours the moon. A story from South Australia calls the moon Meeka, and the sun Ngangaru. It is said that they both live in a cave where the moon goes down.

Venus - The Morning Star

In Arnhem Land, the Aboriginal people know the planet Venus - the morning star - as Barnumbir. Her appearance at dawn was very important to all women in their preparation for the daily hunting and gathering.

Canopus

The star Canopus is about 200 light years away. So the light we see from it now left the star at about the time Captain James Cook arrived in Australia.

Saturn

Saturn, the god of Time, leader of the Titans and Jupiter's father, is a planet made mostly of liquid hydrogen, only about 70% as dense as water. Saturn has 62 moons, the largest of which is Titan.

Uluru milkyway

Shooting Star

A shooting star is a piece of rock or dust seen burning up as it enters the earth's atmosphere.

Small Magellani Cloud

The Small Magellanic Cloud has about 2000 million stars and is a bit further away than the Large Magellanic Cloud, by about 190,000 light years.

Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud contains about 10,000 million stars and lies about 170,000 light years away.

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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

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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)

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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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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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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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