Monday, July 25, 2016

#TravelAustralia: Dine Under the Stars at Uluru by Night - Ayers Rock Resort

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See the Stars at Uluru by Night
Ayers Rock Resort

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Yes, it is possible to explore the Australian Outback while being respectful of the Aboriginal people and their sacred landmarks.

Ayers Rock - Uluru - is one such area. Tourists typically want to climb to the top of the stunning landmark, even though the Anangu, the people of Australia's Western Desert, request that outsiders respect their ancestral lands. By booking your tour through the Ayers Rock Resort, you can experience the magic of the desert landscape without committing the sins of the obnoxious, self-serving tourist who doesn't care about the people who call the place home.
Uluru - Ayers Rock
Ayers Rock Resort
Ayers Rock Resort lies at the gateway to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park, in Australia's Northern Territory. The Resort lies hidden from view to those visiting the National Park precinct. Everything about the Resort reflects sensitivity to the environment and respect for the area's traditional Aboriginal owners. Huge sails provide shade, solar panels generate power and native trees flourish throughout - the Resort is an architectural achievement.

The Resort provides a variety of accommodation options for every possible taste and budget - from the award winning 5-star Sails in the Desert Hotel, and modern Desert Gardens Hotel, to the self contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge & Ayers Rock Campground, offering powered campsites and air conditioned cabins.
Ayers Rock Resort
Sounds of Silence Experience
FROM $195 per adult
Entered into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Sounds of Silence offers the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours. An evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.

Your Sounds of Silence experience begins with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As the sun sets and darkness falls, listen to the sound of a didgeridoo and join your table of fellow travelers for an unforgettable dining experience.

Our attentive staff will keep your glass full with a quality selection of Australian wine and beer while first course is served. As the night sky twinkles to life, help yourself to a bush tucker inspired buffet that incorporates native bush ingredients.

Settle back and listen to our resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

TIP For an unparalleled experience, upgrade your Sounds of Silence to ‘A Night at Field of Light’, combining the Sounds of Silence dinner experience with the once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light art installation. With the 50,000 soft lights of the Field of Light covering the desert floor behind you, you’ll enjoy a mouth-watering 3-course buffet menu before you're invited to immerse yourself in the Field of Light. It’s pathways glistening softly with rhythms of coloured light that beckon you to explore.

Art at Ayers Rock
In the coming months, Ayers Rock Resort will feature a fascinating line-up of Indigenous Australian and Australian artists as part of its popular Artist-in-Residence program. Each month, the highly successful program features an artist and craftsperson to create art in situ at the Resort, as well as to exhibit and sell their work.

The line-up of artists for the rest of 2016 includes sought-after Indigenous artist Raymond Walters Japanangka, who will be in residence at Wintjiri Arts & Museum throughout September, and up and coming artists from the Indigenous art communities of Yuendumu and Utopia (1 July-31 August), and Ninuku (1-30 November).
Artist Raymond Walters Japanangka
Mingkiri Arts and Craftworks, located near Desert Gardens Hotel, will feature a regular Craftsperson-in-Residence, including jeweler Suzette Watkins (15 June-30 July), whose work is inspired by the Australian landscape, colours and light; Patrick Ferguson (1-15 September), who creates stunning punu (wood) artifacts, and well-known silk artist Heather Duff (1-31 December). A Glass of Fire jewelry workshop is also on offer from 15 September-15 October.

Original Central Australian Indigenous art can be viewed and purchased at Ayers Rock Resort’s Wintjiri Arts & Museum near Emu Walk Apartments; Mingkiri Arts and Craftworks; the resort’s acclaimed Mulgara Gallery located at Sails in the Desert Hotel, and at the Indigenous Art Market at the Resort Town Square.

About Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and operates Ayers Rock Resort on its behalf. The ILC is an agency designed to assist Aboriginal people with the acquisition and management of land.
Pictographs at Uluru
As part of the acquisition of Ayers Rock Resort, the ILC established an Indigenous Training and Employment Strategy with the aim to employ one hundred Indigenous trainees at the Resort each year and to work towards fifty percent Indigenous employment by 2018. To help achieve this, the ILC established an Indigenous Engagement Team, responsible for the Indigenous Traineeship Program and working closely with Human Resources to provide specialist services in recruiting and retaining Indigenous people.

The National Indigenous Training Academy delivers accredited training to Ayers Rock Resort’s Indigenous trainees in partnership with William Angliss Institute and Charles Darwin University. At the end of March 2016 Ayers Rock Resort celebrated employment of 276 Indigenous staff, which includes 50 trainees, 226 employees including Real Jobs staff with a goal of 100 new employee placements by 2017.

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