Longitude 131°, Australia
No other rock on the planet has the same mystical aura and cultural importance of Uluru in Australia’s Northern Territory… which makes it all the more incredible that you’re still allowed to clamber up it to walk on top of what used to be known as Ayers Rock, almost 3000ft above the ground level around its near-six-mile perimeter. It’s enough to make the guardians of Stonehenge shudder with horror.
The tourist free-for-all is ending in late 2019, though, when being able to crawl all over Australia’s most famous natural monument is belatedly being banned. It is, after all, a UNESCO World Heritage site of the highest order.
It’s the admiration and stunning natural aspects of Uluru that make it so enticing. That’s where we’d recommend time spent at Longitude 131º, a tented wilderness camp in Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ desert in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. You have an unobstructed view of Uluru from every bed in the 16 luxurious, heavy-canvas guest pavilions. You’ll wake up and drift off watching one of the world’s most coveted natural light shows, as the sunset and sunrise play on the rich ochre colours of the rock’s sandstone massiveness.
There’s so much to do – in lovely average winter daily temperatures of 22deg – including viewing the arresting red domes of nearby Kata Tjuta; cultural walks to places like the Mutitjulu Waterhole; private expeditions to see and photograph spectacular sunrises; a challenging hike to the Valley of the Winds; and even bespoke, remote dining on top of a sand dune at night. How long can you stay?
You can also schedule a breathtaking helicopter flight over Uluru and/or a mountain bike, Harley Davidson or Segway ride around its base – so such more culturally respectful than trampling all over this giant of the Outback landscape.
At A Glance…
- Longitude 131° is a luxury wilderness camp located in the south of Australia’s Northern Territory at the dual World Heritage listed site of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
- A stay at Longitude 131° is perfect to combine as part of a bigger itinerary in Australia.
- Guests at Longitude 131° can enjoy unique tours to discover the highlights of Uluru-Kata Tjuta through exclusive and authentic outback experiences.
Why 360 Loves It…
- Longitude 131° is one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia – a collection of nineteen independently owned and operated lodges that all create an intimate and upscale lodging experience.
- The Dune House is the central hub of Longitude 131° where guests can dine and relax.
- We love the Private Day Tour by Air – chartering a light plane for a cross-country aerial journey taking in Lake Amadeus and the majestic Kings Canyon.