Home to the World Heritage-listed natural icons Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Australia’s Red Centre is a vast outback wilderness characterised by endless horizons of rolling red sand dunes, green Desert Oaks and great domes of blue sky. Uluru lies around 60km west of Kata Tjuta and 470km south west of Alice Springs.
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The Red Centre’s vast outback landscape offers a swag of adventures. A personalised itinerary of guided experiences at Longitude 131° offers guests an introductory understanding to the region’s fascinating geographical heritage and ancient indigenous living culture.View all experiences here.
Field of Light
Artist Bruce Munro’s Field of Light installation of 50,000 bud-like stems that bloom and appear to sway as darkness descends over Australia’s spiritual heartland.view details
Mala Walk & Kantju Gorge
This Uluru base walk explores the legend of the Mala people, whose art lines cave walls along the way. At dusk, the tour enters Kantju Gorge, a cool retreat and ideal spot for canapés and sunset drinks.view details
This morning walk takes in the peaceful Mutitjulu waterhole at Uluru and delivers the fascinating legend of Kuniya Piti which links to a sacred Aboriginal site.view details
A must-do outdoor dining experience, guests at Table 131° enjoy a contemporary Australian menu with paired wines served under a canopy of twinkling stars.view details
Guests head to Uluru for the ultimate sunset selfie, and sip drinks from the private pop up bar. It's an essential outback experience!view details
Walpa Gorge & Kata Tjuta
A sunrise expedition to the intriguing red domes of Kata Tjuta includes a guided walk into Walpa Gorge with its soaring rock walls, morning tea and a visit to the Cultural Centre.view details
Field of Light
Artist Bruce Munro’s internationally acclaimed solar installation Field of Light in the foreground of Uluru is a wonderful interactive experience that captures the imagination of young and old. The outdoor light sculpture is a gathering of some 50,000 stems which bloom in soft frosted-glass and appear to sway in the breeze as the dusk falls on Australia’s spiritual heartland. Take a closer look
Longitude 131° offers a contemporary Australian dining experience with premium produce delivered from around the country to the Red Centre. Bush ingredients like quangdongs or the desert peach, finger limes, muntrie and pepper berries and lemon myrtle add a uniquely outback flavour to the menu. Read about our Dining Philosophy.
Seasons of the outback
The semi-arid desert of Uluru-Kata Tjuta makes for warm travelling conditions. Sunny days and cooler nights may be expected for much of the year, while the hot summer often sees dramatic storms with rains rendering the Red Centre a relatively lush green. The indigenous Anangu identify five seasons in the region, noting changes in the weather that have an impact on their day-to-day life. The semi-arid desert makes for warm travelling conditions. Sunny days and cooler nights may be expected for much of the year, while the hot summer often sees dramatic storms sweep across the Red Centre. The Anangu identify five seasons in the region, noting changes in the weather that have an impact on their day-to-day life.
(DECEMBER – FEBRUARY)
During the summer months the hot, dry daytime conditions inspire a dip in the pool or an icy drink at the bar. Tours run in the cool of dawn and dusk and the night-time comes alive, with cooler temperatures and storms passing across the outback, offering the rare chance to see waterfalls cascading down Uluru.
Daytime temperatures range from 35–38°C in summer.
(MARCH – MAY)
Autumn is an ideal season to visit the Red Centre, when the semi-arid climate makes for great travelling conditions. Experience the desert landmarks in the cool of the morning before returning to a leisurely lunch. An afternoon rest is the perfect precursor to a sunset expedition and dinner.
Daytime temperatures range from 24–35°C in autumn.
(JUNE – AUGUST)
Brisk mornings provide a fresh start to the day in winter, with the promise of sunshine and warmth ahead. Clear night skies offer a brilliant chance to discover the southern sky and the Milky Way Galaxy, watching for the lucky swoosh of a shooting star.
Daytime temperatures range from 20–24°C in winter.
(SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER)
Springtime in the Red Centre is the chance to see the desert blossom in colour as wildflowers transform the outback landscape. Spring offers ideal conditions to learn the ancient lore of the traditional Aboriginal owners and explore the regional flora and fauna with the lodge’s expert guides.
Daytime temperatures range from 29–35°C in spring.
(JANUARY – MARCH)
Billowing or overcast (utawari) clouds build on the western horizon and move east to cover the sky, bringing rain. Storms can also come from other directions, bringing winds and tipping the temperature down. Many food plants flower during Itjanu and good rains produce ample fruit and seed.
(APRIL – MAY)
The cooler weather returns to Uluru now. Tjuntalpa clouds roll in from the south but stay above the hills until the end of the day without producing much rain. Reptiles begin hibernating ahead of winter.
(LATE MAY – JULY)
The cold season, when there is sometimes frost (nyinnga) and mist or dew (kulyar-kulyarpa) in the morning but little rain. The frosts dry and preserve the desert grasses. In summer this dry fuel can feed fires.
(AUGUST – SEPTEMBER)
Piriya is the name of the warm, steady wind that blows from the north and west in December. Warm weather brings reptiles out of hibernation, animals breed and food plants like the honey grevillea begin to flower.
Kuli is the hottest part of the year. Storm clouds (marutjara) roll in the sky and lightning flashes but there is little rain. Lightning strikes can cause fires.
Only three hours’ flight from most Australian capital cities, commercial flights are available to Ayers Rock Airport (AYQ) for Uluru. All three airlines provide connecting flights from most major domestic destinations.
Virgin Australia operates daily flights directly to AYQ from Sydney (SYD).
Jetstar (Qantas code share) also flies directly to AYQ daily from Sydney; flights from Melbourne and Brisbane operate on selected days.
Qantas operates daily flights to AYQ via Alice Springs (ASP) from Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas flights from Brisbane operate on selected days. Qantas also offers daily direct flights to AYQ from Cairns. Flights from Adelaide and Darwin operate twice weekly on selected days.
Charter flights are available to Kings Canyon and Alice Springs and other regional ports by special arrangement.
The lodge operates airport transfers for guests, which are included in the tariff and connect with scheduled flights to and from Ayers Rock Airport.
Private airport transfers
Private transfers between Longitude 131° and Ayers Rock Airport may be arranged subject to availability for an additional charge of AUD $200 for up to four passengers (additional passengers AUD $50 per person) each way.
Self-driving to Uluru is another option with many itineraries travelling via Kings Canyon some 325 kilometre or 3.5 hours’ drive to the north located and Alice Springs located 445 kilometres north-west of Yulara (approximately 4.5 hours’ drive). Please note, private vehicle access isn’t permitted at Longitude 131° and parking is available at nearby Ayers Rock Resort. Longitude 131° provides complimentary return transfers for self-drivers and prior arrangements are required.