Uluru, Australia – October 24 – 29 – Our visit to the renowned ‘red center’ of Australia is to see & visit the massive rock “Uluru” – its Aborigine name since its European name “Ayers Rock” was changed in the mid-90s. This twice acclaimed World Heritage Site is a monolith giant rock now known scientifically as an uplift “isleberg”, being a single gigantic rock of arco sandstone, pushed up from under the earth’s surface millions of years ago. What is seen of the rock on the surface then extends down into the earth 3miles deep. This place and this area has been a longstanding sacred site of the local Arnanu tribe for thousands of years. Nearby are impressive red rock formations and domes of Kata Tjuta, another impressive visit for us. We quickly learn that we are amid Australia’s spiritual heart.
Our luxury accommodations are spacious tents at Longitude 131, a place of ‘ritz carlton’ camping in the desert. We use this place as a ‘basecamp’ to explore the area. At times it’s just hard to pull ourselves away from such an idyllic oasis. Our individual tents sit high up on stilts, a line of these white tents running along a red sand Dune. Each tent is named for an early Australia explorer or pioneer. The views across to the desert to the great red rock are quite breathtaking. Our every need is taken care of. Here at Longitude 131 we’re in the heart of the wilderness, so much so that we learned we’re actually closer to the international space station than to any other bigger Australian city (like Sydney or Brisbane). One evening we visit the nearby “Fields of Light”… a massive solar powered night lights art phenomenon created by artist Bruce Munro … over several acres, 50,000 bud-like stems crowned with glass bulb spheres. Fields of ‘blooming’ night lights that appears to sway with the colour changes.
Our days are filled with exploring … a hike through the canyons of Kata Tjuta, a spectacular sunset at Uluru (glass of champagne or favorite cocktail In hand) visit to the Aborigine Cultural Center with an opportunity to learn native styles of painting with a local artist. Some of us take a camel ride across the desert in view of Uluru … these are Afghan camels introduced into Australia for assisting to build the great central railway. On our private sightseeing excursions our local guide, Caroline, tells us stories of the birth of life as believed by the local Aborigine. She takes us on easy hikes to key places … interesting places of unique beauty. The great rock rules. These are hot sunny desert days and cool nights, so all the while we rest in the comforts of Longitude 131. This is a good place to be for these amazing adventures.
Soon enough we bid farewell to the red rock and in our beautiful private jet we speed east to the blue waters of the coast and the islands of the Whitsundays. We are headed for Hamilton Island and the fantastical ‘qualia’ Resort … a place of incredible tropical coastal beauty. We are to visit the islands and be close to the Great Barrier Reef. More of the extraordinary on our Lakani luxury private jet tour …
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