Whilst many of the world’s famous sights can be awestriking, nothing can really prepare you for the grandeur of what the outback has in store. Attaining the status of a World Heritage icon, the impressive sights will leave a permanent visual in your mind; with colors that change along with the movement of the sun. Possessing deep cultural significance to its traditional owners, the Anangu, there’s plenty to see and do at the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Considered as sacred to the Anangu people, the living cultural landscape is spiritually intertwined with the ancient indigenous culture, holding over 40 sacred aboriginal sites and 11 ‘Dreaming’ trails present in the area. Believed to be created at the beginning of time by the travels of great ancestral beings, the ancient laws and traditions passed down through Dreamtime stand strong to today.
Standing 3.6 km long and 348 m at its highest point, the Uluru (or ‘Ayers Rock’) is visible even as far as 30 km away. See it from the sky, from atop a camel, or on your own feet as you stand at the foot of this big monolith; but just don’t try to film or photograph recklessly without asking for permission, as you’ll be prohibited from doing so at certain sacred sites out of respect for their culture.
Perhaps less popular but nonetheless as stunning (or even more so), the Kata Tjuta (or ‘The Olgas’) is even more important to the Aboriginals than Uluru, making much of it off-limits to most of the world. Eroded into 36 separate domes, with its highest rising up to 546 m high, it may have been a monolith in the past, too. Try the adventurous Valley of the Winds Walk, or the shorted Walpa George Walk to catch the stunning sunsets.
Or maybe camel-riding, heli-rides, or swimming in lush watering holes are more of your thing? Either or, the many interactive cultural activities add plenty of authenticity to your Outback experience.
While there’s so many different ways to discover and explore the Australian Outback, the adventurous can take off on an adrenaline-rush atop of a quad bike tour, go mountain-biking, or even trek along the Larapinta Trail.Larapinta Trail
Home of the feral camel, red kangaroo and emu, the stomping grounds is also home to the 5-star luxury hotel and resort: Longitude 131.Longitude
This eco-sensitive and romantic resort is perfect for guests who dream of staying on elevated luxury tents – paying homage to an early Australian pioneer in explorations! Take “the road less travelled” through its own wilderness touring program, and take in all its breathtaking views as you feast under the stars at their outdoor dining venue.
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