The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Front Page - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

CHOP­PER trans­fers to a nearby he­li­pad and iPads for guests loaded with eBooks, Aus­tralian movie clas­sics and games are among the cel­e­bra­tory ex­tras as Lon­gi­tude 131 pre­pares to mark its 10th birthday in Novem­ber (the low-ly­ing prop­erty was re­built af­ter a bush­fire in 2003). Up­grades at the North­ern Ter­ri­tory eco-re­sort, which of­fers un­in­ter­rupted views of Uluru, in­clude Bose sur­round­sound sys­tems in each of the 15 lux­ury guest tents (each of which is named af­ter an Aus­tralian ex­plorer), new in­dige­nous tour­ing op­tions and a re­vamp of Din­ner at Ta­ble 131, an un­der-the-stars event fea­tur­ing cul­tural per­for­mances by the Wak­agetti dance troupe. Lon­gi­tude 131-branded stain­less-steel wa­ter bot­tles are be­ing pro­vided as take-home gifts for guests on ar­rival, re­duc­ing PET bot­tle us­age; cus­tom-made ce­ramic wa­ter fil­ters have been in­stalled in all tents. There’s a min­i­mum two-night stay, cov­er­ing all meals, se­lected al­co­holic bev­er­ages and soft drinks, tour­ing, en­try to Uluru-Kata Tjuta Na­tional Park and re­turn Ay­ers Rock air­port trans­fers. From $2070 a night for two, twin-share; chil­dren 12 years and un­der are not catered for. More: 1300 134 044; voy­ages.com.au.

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