Whilst Uluru is the best-known landmark in Australia’s red centre, Kata Tjuta – formerly known as the Olgas – often impresses guests with its sheer size and mysterious beauty. The four-hour Valley of the Winds day hike is considered by many a must-do, allowing walkers to wander among Kata Tjuta’s mighty domes and to experience a uniquely Australian landscape.
Now that’s an entrance... Local adventure operators Professional Helicopter Services offer a range of aerial tours - sunrise and sunset being the most popular - but wow, it makes for a truly rock-star departure too! Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
The 25 wooden spears, or kulata, set strikingly against a graphite wall in the lodge’s Spa Kinara have a deeper meaning beyond decoration. Male elders from the Ernabella community trained the younger men to make the kulata as a means of cultural maintenance, to keep the knowledge of age-old traditions strong.
Lynette Lewis began working at Ernabella Arts in 2015 and is fast becoming one of the centre’s leading ceramic artists. In describing her intricate works Lynette says, ‘The designs and Tjukurpa I mark in clay are about the beautiful country I see around me, the flowers, the grasses and all the plants we know and sometimes collect to use as medicines. I also tell my father’s tjala (honey ant) story’. Lynette’s father is the punu (wood craftsman) boss at Ernabella. She goes on,... ‘I guess my work is like my days at the art centre, always with family at the heart of it. We all work here together, three generations. Maybe in 40 years’ time my daughters will be senior artists (like their grandmother, Alison Milyika Carroll, is now) and their grandchildren will join them to start learning too’. This is the Anangu way. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia See more
Longitude 131°’s knowledgeable resident guides lead signature tours, making every outback adventure a memorable experience. Guides offer a fascinating commentary for guests, allowing a deeper understanding of the region and its history. It’s one thing to admire Uluru from a distance, but quite another to start to understand the local indigenous Anangu people and their creation stories and learn of the cultural significance of the mystical rock formations. Dan is getting into the spirit here as he spins yarns and shares culture on the Mala Walk at Uluru. 📷 @hollyclarkphotography
As its World Heritage listing details, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park contains distinctive desert fauna and many rare species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Such as the terrestrial Central Netted Dragon (Ctenophorus nuchalis). It gets its name from the dark-chocolate brown, reticulated (net-like) pattern which overlays its head and body. This pattern acts as camouflage, helping the lizard to blend in with its habitat to avoid predators. Its limbs are short and strong and with long toes and strong claws, it can run at great speeds and easily dig into the fine red sand. Favouring a diet of insects, flowers and other vegetation, they are known to have several burrows, typically six to eight. Quite the real estate tycoon! Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Befitting the outback, the lodge team are attired in R.M.Williams, wearing denim jeans, button-down shirts and the heritage brand’s instantly recognisable handcrafted leather boots. Donned by everyone from city-dwellers to equestrians, farmers and stockmen to world leaders they are a testament to quality and timeless country style. 🥾 Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
On World Environment Day, we celebrate the ancient landscape we are privileged to call home. Longitude 131º was designed to minimise its impact on neighboring Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. If required, it could be completely disassembled and removed with the site restored to its pre-developmental state with minimal remediation. 📷 @jeremy_simmons_photography via IG | Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Like your red-dust with a little luxury? Stay three nights or more on the Classic Uluru deal and save! Offering a discount on nightly rates and generously inclusive of all dining and premium beverages, signature experiences and spa credits - any illusion of roughing it should be quickly dispelled. Rare vacancies in June offer an extraordinary chance to pack a bag (we’ve got the swag!) and journey to the outback. Learn more bit.ly/Classic_Uluru Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Time seems to slow down in this ancient land, leaving plenty to do nothing at all... If basking poolside among the whispering desert oaks with a good book in-hand, an icy drink at the ready and Uluru in sight is considered nothing... Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Discover Australia’s glut of gloriously good produce, by hopping from dish to dish with help from the tasting menus and four-course a la carte feasts. Tuck in: all dining is included and a swag of premium beverages too! Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
When words fail to describe the wonders before you, take 3,000 photos like photographer and adventurer Jason Charles Hill Photography did on an epic sunset flight with Professional Helicopter Services over the outback icons. Here are just five... Luxury Lodges of Australia Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback
The Manual has named eight insanely luxurious tent accommodations around the world where even in the wildest, farthest, most otherworldly reaches of the Earth you can enjoy world-class amenities, fine dining, and king-size beds. From geodesic domes in the Swiss mountains to a wildlife camp in India surrounded by tigers and panthers, Longitude 131° offers an unparalleled experience of Australia's red centre and the World Heritage site of Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Australia's spiritual... heart. Who said camping had to be basic? View the full list here: Luxury Lodges of Australia Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Australia.com See more
The help-yourself bar is a hot spot for cool drinks ranging from kombucha to craft beer, fine wine and French Champagne. On the cocktail list, the Old Man Saltbush Margarita (a contender for Australia’s national drink) mixes up tequila, triple sec and lime in a coupe glass rimmed with indigenous ingredients lemon myrtle and old man saltbush blended with Murray River pink salt. It’s a bottler! Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Artist Carlene Thompson at work, painting an ancient song line dot-by-pastel-dot. Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest, continuously running indigenous art centre. Located just over the border in South Australia, the creative hub is in Pukatja Community, at the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges.
Ceramicist Anna Braddock’s work brings a little of the sea to the outback through her free form, organic pieces, reflecting the beauty of her home on the Sunshine Coast. ‘I’m inspired by the simplicity of nature, and I try to transfer that across into my work’, she says. At the lodge’s Spa Kinara, Married to the Sea Ceramics' are used to plate up nourishing products from Li'Tya Spa Care - Australian Pure Botanicals along with native ingredients such as Kakadu plums and desert lime. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Whilst it’s tempting to take in the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the comfort of your luxury tent’s daybed, guests at Longitude 131° have an itinerary of signature experiences led by our resident guides, offering a deeper understanding of the region, its history and cultural significance to the local indigenous Anangu people. This month on the Baillie Lodges blog, we interview Experiences Manager Caroline Haden-Smith to find out what is involved in guide training at the lodge, and what our guests are most surprised to learn on these signature experiences. Sit back, relax and be transported to the Red Centre:
The Travel Editors at Fathom have spent years travelling the world, gathering a treasure trove of recommendations and stories in places both well-known and off the beaten track. Their latest book, Travel Anywhere (And Avoid Being a Tourist) features Longitude 131° as one of the 'Most Romantic Hotels' in the world, and sister property Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island as a hotel that 'Feels Like the Middle of Nowhere'. Now available in Australia, you can purchase your copy here: and start planning your next off-the-grid travel experience.
Field of Light bringing the fire to an epic clash of the elements! Bruce Munro's installation of more than 50,000 slender stems crested with radiant frosted-glass spheres continues to illuminate the outback until December 31, 2020. 📷 @fontesvisuals via IG | Australia.com Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
It's easy to switch speeds into outback time here, or forget about it altogether. Presenting both form and function, the Danish-designed Tumbler clock sits beside in the Dune Pavilion and when the alarm sounds, flip it off by turning it down under. Rock around the clock indeed... Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Since opening in 2002, Longitude’s armada of white-sailed tents in a sea of red earth have been imitated from Namibia to Cambodia. But what no other tented lodge has is a nearby giant inselberg. No other hotel gets literally as close to what Wikipedia romantically calls a ‘prominent isolated residual knob or hill’. The presence of Uluru and its World Heritage-listed partner Kata Tjuta set the standard extraordinarily high. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
By day the glamorous Dune Top is a social hub where guests lounge in between cooling dips in the plunge 'tank'. While at night, the lookout transforms to a sleek open-air bar, with private nooks for starlight dining. Rock-star views whether lit by the sun or moon are a given. Discover more Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
In Profile: Jon Goulder is an Adelaide-based, award-winning, fourth generation furniture designer-maker. His Settlers Chair (made from waterformed, hand-stitched leather on a Tasmanian blackwood frame), debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2017 and was spotted by lodge owner James Baillie as a must-have piece for the game-changing Dune Pavilion. As much a work of art as the vibrant indigenous paintings displayed nearby, the superbly crafted chair takes pride of place in the lounge and gives the natural icons beyond a run for one's appreciation. Congratulations to Jon on being nominated for The 2019 Luminary Award in Indesignlive's INDE Awards.
Our guests meet here pre-expedition, though it’s more gallery space than reception with a showcase of indigenous artworks and ceramics on display including the vibrant collaborative work by the Ken mob from Tjala Arts depicting the creation story of the Seven Sisters. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
On a warm Alice Springs morning, Wanatjura Lewis closes her eyes, puts in some headphones and gets ready to relax and meditate. She is listening to an ancient language that is being put to a very modern use. Teaming up with the producers behind mindfulness app Smiling Mind, women from Central Australia's NPY Women's Council have helped create recorded meditations in Kriol, Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjiatjara languages. It combines the skills of traditional healers with interpr...eters and western mental health professionals to improve wellbeing. The aim is to help combat mental health and trauma issues in Aboriginal communities, particularly among young people. "This is for them, our families, to learn about all of these things that will help them look after themselves and keep them healthy in body and mind," the council's Nyumiti Burton said through an interpreter. "We made this for our children, so their thinking could become clearer." The app is being trialled in remote Central Australian schools. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia 展开
The Ernabella artists-in-residence program sees some of the community’s artists come to Longitude 131° for a few days at time, setting up an open studio in the Dune House and painting with views out to Uluru. Guests have the rare chance to see the artists creating beautiful artworks and chat to them about the process and their inspiration. Ernabella supplies its vibrant ceramics and canvases to the lodge which are seen in guest tents, in the Dune House and Spa Kinara; the boutique also offers a take-home selection. Proceeds from the artwork commissions and sales contribute significantly to the community’s income, ensuring the sustainable economic growth and preservation of the culture for its residents. 📷 @ ernabella_arts_pukatjapottery via IG | Australia.com Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Staged in a natural theatre and combining the culinary arts with celestial tales enacted across the star-strung sky, Table 131°, our outdoor dining experience is the outback equivalent of a Broadway show! Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Interiors at Longitude 131° are a sum of striking Australian-made parts... Lighting by Melbourne-based designer Ross Gardam. Illuminating Barbara Moore’s vivid artwork from Tjala Arts in Central Australia. Overlooking hand-crafted chair by makers Pierre and Charlotte in Tasmania. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
The view of the landscape from the air is nothing less than thrilling; the natural icons explored on the ground fall into perspective against the sky and horizon. Mount Conner, Uluru and the mighty domes of Kata Tjuta line up and make sense as if part of a bigger plan, while fault lines run like ripples into the distance. For many guests at Longitude 131° a visit to the Red Centre is the perfect excuse to take their first-ever helicopter ride, and there are a number of heli tour options available. Prepare for lift-off on the Baillie Blog here: Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
He had some stories to tell, did W.E (Bill) Harney... Also called 'Bilarni', the self-educated writer and bushman is known for his books about the Aboriginal peoples of Australia’s Northern Territory. A gregarious and generous person who regarded everyone as equal, Bill was short and stocky, with hypnotic blue eyes and an expressive face. Above all, he was a superb raconteur. Sounds like a great bloke! Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Susan Kurosawa, Travel Editor of The Australian writes: ‘Sixteen glamper tents sit under swooping white roofs that resemble nuns’ wimples or cockatoos on the wing. The footprint is light on the earth, the lodge is hunkered low, there is nothing between you and the 600 million-year-old Uluru except red, raw landscape.’ Prose perfection. Australia.com Northern Territory Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
The Dune Pavilion's tub-nee-tank is big enough for two; although with dual bathrooms it's not necessary to share. There's just the matter of which dreamy view you'd like to soak in, Uluru or Kata Tjuta... Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Experiences Manager Caroline Haden-Smith, or ‘Callie’, as she's known, caught a plane from one bush to another four years ago, leaving the game parks of South Africa for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Callie has since immersed herself in the local Anangu culture, finding it a privilege to connect guests with the region’s unique indigenous songlines through the lodges’ signature tours. ‘With only 400 people in the Anangu community, and it being a private and closed community..., we are the custodians. We have the responsibility to share these stories that are up to 35,000 years old’. With a passion for sharing her encyclopaedic knowledge of the natural world, a keen photographers eye and a beautiful smile, Callie is a natural-born guide and an invaluable part of the lodge team! Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia See more
Surrounded by the rugged wilderness of the Simpson desert, Longitude 131º is the only place in the world where you can admire the inimitable postcard vista of Uluru without lifting your head from the pillow. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
This month on the Baillie Lodges blog, discover how Executive Chef Mark Godbeer and his culinary team seamlessly combine the best produce Australia has to offer with the local flavours and textures of the Australian bush. Native pepperberry, quandongs and karkalla are prepared according to Indigenous seasons to offer even the most seasoned guests a unique taste of Australia. As Mark says, "I try to find a balance in our menus so as to persuade the less adventurous to sample n...ew flavours, and in the best-case scenario have them come back to order seconds!”. Read the full blog, and try out Mark's lemon myrtle sorbet recipe, here: Luxury Lodges of Australia Northern Territory - Australia's Outback 展开
Author Tim Winton wrote, 'In Australia, you look out and see the possible, the spaces, the maybes...'. Nowhere else does this resonate as strongly as when flying above the vast interior of the continent and the hulking majesty of Uluru appears as though in miniature on the desert plain. 📷 @hambipappas via IG | Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Luxury Lodges of Australia
Cathay Pacific's inflight magazine editor Mark Jones travelled to some of Australia's most remote and luxurious destinations with a stop in to Longitude 131 along a route that included Pretty Beach House, Wild Bush Luxury's Bamurru Plains and Paramount House Hotel. At Uluru Mark experiences a spine-tingling connection with the land for which the region is well-known: "I touched Uluru with a sense of deep reverence. But it’s not a cathedral. It’s warm, like a living thing. I... looked up at the huge, elephant-backed spine and almost expected to feel a distant heartbeat, a slow respiration from deep within. Your own heart skips a beat, and you pull away as if you’ve had a shock." Luxury Lodges of Australia 展开
What would a trip to Australia be without seeing the outback and touching the red earth? Sabine of luxury travel blog Fratuschi Reisemagazin travels to the heart of Australia to experience the outback, its diverse landscape and vivid colours. A stay at Longitude 131 offers a luxury experience of the outback 'offering much more than your traditional hotel...'...
Original works by artists from local arts communities take pride of place in tents, connecting guests with ancient Anangu culture, dot-by-dot. This incredible painting deep in scope and narrative is by Nyumiti Burton of Tjala Arts, located in Amata community in far north-west South Australia. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Luxury Lodges of Australia
There's a supremely comfortable bed inside, but if you want to sleep beneath the outback sky, with nothing between you and the stars, you can do exactly that. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Luxury Lodges of Australia
After a day’s exploring, restore weary souls and soles at Spa Kinara. The modest, corrugated iron exterior artfully belies the contemporary inner skin of the ‘wiltja’, sheltering not only those seeking calm, but also a stunning collection of indigenous artefacts. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia Luxury Lodges of Australia
Days here take on a comfortable safari cycle: guests rise early to experience the landmarks in cool conditions, returning for hearty breakfasts and laid-back lunch before another expedition pre-dinner. Four fine courses later it’s time to retire for a swag slumber on the private deck, even if for just an hour or so until the warmth of indoors beckons. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Visit Central Australia
In the countdown to the closure of the Uluru summit walk planned for October 2019, Australian Traveller magazine's Georgia Rickard experiences the 'new' (very old) #Uluru, still a mecca for visitors but now managed with more consideration for its Indigenous custodians and for the natural environment. And with Champagne Louis Roederer served with a view to the mighty, timeless monolith at Longitude 131, there's never been a better excuse to head to the Red Centre see it. Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Luxury Lodges of Australia Australia.com
The refined craftsmanship of Adelaide-based designer and maker Tobias Staheli brings a warm, grounded aesthetic to the Dune Pavilion. Central to the space is the curved lounge on which to recline and stare dreamily at the magnificent views beyond. Australia.com Northern Territory - Australia's Outback Luxury Lodges of Australia Max Pritchard Gunner Architects
Praising every element of their stay, from the cultural immersion and spectacular location to the cuisine and the warmth of our team, these guests wished for a higher rating on TripAdvisor! On departure they had two questions: How long would it be possible to survive off the contents of the mini bar and have any guests succeeded in barricading themselves in their room? We can report the survival rate would be very high, but don't get any ideas! Read the glowing review here:
Spa Kinara (meaning ‘moon’) offers a signature menu of treatments each named in the local indigenous language. For example, the dedicated men’s massage, facial and body exfoliation is called ‘Watiku’ translating to ‘men’s business’. Another favourite is the amazing body ritual ‘Uluru Kilipi’ - which literally means rock star! Take a look at the menu to learn more about Spa Kinara, Central Australia’s surprising resource of native beauty products and the local Anangu dialect, here: https://longitude131.com.au/spa
Signature Luxury Travel & Style's Cathy Wagstaff travelled to Uluru Kata Tjuta to see an icon reinvented in Longitude 131 and discovered the goods: stylish outback luxury, views from the end of the bed, stargazing from the comfort of a luxury swag, helicopter rides to take in the incredible landscape...
Corrugated iron shed and luxury spa don’t usually go together, but here they do and the combination is riveting. Rising up from the spinifex, the new Spa Kinara is a cool desert cocoon - in design and spirit - offering a menu of indigenous-inspired treatments to ground and rejuvenate weary souls and soles.