Ayers Rock Resort - Australia
Regardless of where you stay while you're at Ayers Rock Resort, from the sanctuary of five stunning hotels, or the intimacy of Ayers Rock Resort Campground, you can experience the beauty of the living cultural landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, in Australia's Northern Territory.
Here, you can immerse yourself in the timeless landscape of one of the world's most beautiful natural wonders. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your days will be action-packed. Ride a camel across the desert dunes. Hop on a Harley, or embark on a base walk of Uluru (Ayers Rock).
This superb oasis provides a variety of accommodation options for every possible taste and budget - from the luxurious five-star Sails in the Desert, and Australian Tourism Award winning Desert Gardens Hotel, to the Emu Walk Apartments Hotel, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge
Plus for that very special experience the separate and exclusive Longitude 131
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Dining - Restaurants & Bars
From relaxed dining under a desert sky, to grilling a barramundi steak on the BBQ, you can choose from 13 dining experiences. No matter which hotel you've chosen to stay at, the dining options at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort cater for every taste and budget.
Sounds of Silence
An award-winning dining experience under the stars, "Sounds of
Silence" is a unique event, offering the best of the Red Centre
distilled into four unforgettable hours. The event includes transfers,
entertainment, canapés, beer, wines and non-alcoholic beverages,
BBQ buffet (vegetarian arrangements made with prior notice), dessert,
tea, coffee, port, star talk and stargazing. Departs daily, one
hour before sunset, and bookings are essential.
'Tali Wiru', meaning beautiful dune in local Anangu language,
encapsulates the magic of fine dining under the Southern Desert
sky. Limited to an intimate group of 20 people, the Tali Wiru experience
begins with French Champagne and canapés around a firepit and progresses
to the dune top for a Table d'hote four-course dinner, matched with
premium Australian wine. Be seated with your partner or with your
party of up to six people and experience a night you will remember
for the rest of your life.
Situated at the premium Sails in the Desert Hotel, this premier venue offers an innovative modern menu. Within this elegant setting, guests will experience a blend of traditional and contemporary ingredients combined with unique flavours. The restaurant's wine list reflects its Australian heritage and the service is both discerning and personalised. Opening hours are subject to seasonal demand. Reservations are essential.
White Gums Restaurant
Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel is home to the popular White Gums Restaurant which offers a hot and cold buffet breakfast in an open and relaxed setting. Children's menu available. (Open seasonally)
Pioneer BBQ and Bar
A popular dining option at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort located at Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge. A do-it-yourself BBQ (meat must be purchased at the BBQ Bar) with traditional Aussie charm. Meet up with your fellow travellers and enjoy live entertainment nightly. Open daily for dinner.
Situated at Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel, Winkiku serves a buffet breakfast in a brasserie-style setting. For dinner (seasonal), enjoy a tantalising seafood buffet, delicious array of salads, hot dishes and a carvery. Children's menu available. Reservations essential.
A relaxed, friendly atmosphere at Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel. Enjoy a range of light meals, pre-dinner drinks or simply treat yourself to a cocktail by the pool. Open from mid-morning until late. Children's menu available.
Situated at Voyages Desert Garden Hotel, Bunya Bar offers an indoor alfresco cafe experience and a wide range of light meals. The bar is also great for an afternoon tea or ealry evening cocktail. Open daily. Children's menu available.
Bough House Restaurant
Located at Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge, the Bough House Restaurant offers a traditional Australian breakfast. For dinner, share in the spirit of Outback Australia and enjoy traditional flavours at this popular buffet featuring traditional Australian 'tucker' and local delicacies, including meats, special breads, pastries and desserts. Children's menu available. Open seasonally, subject to demand.
Ayers Wok Noodle Bar
Ayers Rock Resort's newest dining option boasts oriental flare with classic Asian cuisine. Enjoy take-away noodle boxes such as Pad Thai noodles or Seafood Laksa with simple favourites like pork buns and Dim Sims. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Outback Pioneer Kitchen
A low-priced alternative to restaurant dining with pizzas, burgers, salads, wraps and sandwiches on the menu. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Kick back with gourmet pizzas, pasta and Mediterranean style dishes, in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a coffee, cocktail or snack outdoors on the terrace. Open for lunch and dinner. Located in the Resort Shopping Centre. Children's menu available.
Conveniently located in the Resort Shopping Centre, Gecko's offers quality burgers and chips with fast and friendly service. Open seasonally.
Located at the Voyages Desert Gardens Hotel, Arnguli Grill features a table d'hôte menu of two and three set menu options, in relaxed surrounds. Children's menu available.
Enjoy al fresco dining at Rockpool, by the pool at Voyages Sails in the Desert Hotel, featuring an international menu.
Operation subject to seasonality.
Red Rock Deli
Serves a variety of gourmet sandwiches and snacks as well as hot and cold beverages. Located in the Resort Shopping Centre.
Ayers Rock Resort provides a variety of accommodation options for every possible taste and budget - from the premium Sails in the Desert, and award winning Desert Gardens Hotel, to the self contained Emu Walk Apartments, the modern Lost Camel Hotel, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge to the ultimate luxury wilderness camp of Longitude 131
Experiences & Tours at Ayers Rock
It is in the vast reaches of the outback that you will discover
the essence of Australia. In the Red Centre, you'll journey through
some of the most astonishing landscapes on earth. Marvel at the
landforms of the region and learn how they were formed, see the
expansive night sky awash in the blaze of a million stars, and discover
the amazing flora and fauna that survive in the often harsh Outback.
About Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park
The National Park has an area over 311,000 acres and comprises two main significant sites:
Sunset and sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta are spectacular, with the colours at both sites becoming more vibrant and even changing. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have significant meaning to Aboriginal people. They both form an important focus of their spiritual life.
The Central Australian landscape, of which Uluru and Kata Tjuta are an important part, is believed to have been created at the beginning of time. The Anangu Aboriginal people are responsible for the protection and appropriate management of these ancestral lands. The knowledge necessary to fulfil these responsibilities has been passed down from generation to generation.
During the 1870s, William Giles and William Gosse were the first white explorers to this region. Giles was the first to reach Kata Tjuta and named it The Olgas after the then reigning Queen Olga of Wurttemburg. Gosse, however, was the first to reach Uluru and named it Ayers Rock after his superior, Sir Henry Ayers, the Chief Secretary of South Australia.
In the early 1900s the Government declared ownership of the land and by the 1950s tourists and miners had begun to make tracks to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. At the time only a few Anangu were living at Uluru. However, as tourist numbers grew, most of the Anangu there scattered into other regions within Central Australia.
By the early 1970s, the pressure of tourism was having detrimental effects on the environment and the government agreed in 1973 to relocate accommodation facilities to a new site.
It was not until 1979 that, in recognition of the existence of traditional Aboriginal owners of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, a national park was acknowledged. In 1983 Prime Minister Hawke announced the government's intention to grant ownership of the land back to the traditional owners. The agreement, however, required the traditional owners to lease the park to the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service for a period of 99 years.
Tjukurpa - The Creation Period
Anangu life revolves around the Tjukurpa (sometimes wrongly referred to as the Dreamtime). To the Aboriginal people, this is the ancestral period of when the world was being formed.
At Uluru, Mala (hare wallaby), Kuniya (woma python) and Liru (poisonous snake) are considered to be very important ancestors to the region.
These stories and many others have been passed down through thousands of years from generation to generation. The elder people recount, maintain and pass on this knowledge through stories, behaviour, rituals, ceremonies, songs, dances and art. Tjukurpa is therefore the basis of all Anangu knowledge and connects everything in life.
The cultural landscapes of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park resonate with meaning. They contain creation stories and the associated knowledge of law, relationships, plants, and animals, all of which live in the shapes and features of the land.
Places where significant events in the Anangu story occurred are held as sacred sites. Anangu have the responsibility and obligation to care for the land in a proper way. As such, tourists are not permitted access to certain significant or sacred sites. Even inadvertent access to these can be sacrilegious.
At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park some areas are fenced off and sometimes photography is restricted to ensure that visitors do not inadvertently contravene Tjukurpa restrictions.
Can I Climb Uluru?
Aboriginal traditional owners would prefer visitors to not climb Uluru. There are two reasons for this: