Travel Ma­jes­tic Uluru.

A jour­ney to the na­tion’s spir­i­tual heart is a must for all Aus­tralians For cen­turies Uluru and Kata Tjuta, two an­cient rock for­ma­tions that jut from the Earth in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s south­west, have en­tranced the Anangu peo­ple. And their mys­ti­cal be

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MINTED

The five-star Sails in the Desert ho­tel is home base for trav­ellers ready to in­dulge in a bit of ad­ven­ture. Book in for a pri­vate he­li­copter tour, an adren­a­line-spik­ing sky­dive or a luxe treat­ment at the on­site Red Ochre Spa. Rooms start from $300 per night; ay­er­srock­re­sort.com.au.

MID

You will want to es­cape from the swel­ter­ing desert heat around mid­day, so drop into Win­tjiri Art and Mu­seum for a her­itage talk in the A/C. Or guests at the Out­back Pioneer Ho­tel can fol­low a dip in the pool with a visit to the Out­back Pioneer BBQ and Bar, a do-it-your­self grill where you can cook your own barramundi, steaks, , kan­ga­roo… g even emu sausages. g

MOD­EST

No visit to Uluru is com­plete with­out a trip to the tit­u­lar mono­lith and its lesser hailed (but just as spec­tac­u­lar) coun­ter­part, Kata Tjuta – a group of soar­ing rock domes also known as the Ol­gas. Book a $25 three-day pass to the na­tional park for a scenic hike through its stun­ning land­scape, and visit cul­tural and arts cen­tres.

En­joy din­ner un­der the desert stars at MAYU WIRU, an ex­clu­sive out­door ex­pe­ri­ence on of­fer un­til March 24. Watch the sun set with bush tucker canapés and cham­pagne be­fore be­ing treated to a gourmet four-course din­ner.

Uluru at dawn is al­ready un­beat­able, but watch­ing the desert come to life through the SUN­RISE CAMEL EX­PE­RI­ENCE is worth the early wake-up call. Fol­low your peace­ful one-hour ride atop an adorable un­gu­late with freshly baked damper and cof­fee.

An free as talks, astron­omy abun­dance ac­tiv­i­ties bush yarns, such of the GAR­DENS DESERT HO­TEL GAR­DEN WALK and a didgeri­doo work­shop bring the magic of Uluru to vivid life.

Bruce oth­er­worldly Munro’s FIELD OF LIGHT in­stal­la­tion – now ex­tended un­til the end of 2020 – will leave you feel­ing like Alice down the rab­bit hole as you walk amid a rain­bow of 50,000 spheres in the dark.

The week-long DESERT DREAM­ING YOGA RE­TREAT (April 27–May 4) com­bines yoga, med­i­ta­tion and dance in Uluru’s iconic out­door set­tings for the health-fo­cused seek­ing a get­away.

Lit­tle ones will love the twice-daily RED DESERT REP­TILES SHOW, where they can get up close and per­sonal with blue-tongue lizards, bearded dragons and friendly pythons.

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