Bamurru Plains | Mary River
Bamurru Plains is an extraordinary bush experience on the edge of Kakadu National Park. The coastal floodplains are home to prolific bird and wildlife, while Kakadu and Arnhem Land are the heartland of the country’s indigenous culture. This 9 tent luxury camp is three hours’ drive from Darwin, or a 30 minute charter flight. A minimum 2 night stay applies. The camp closes between 1 November and 14 February (between 15 February and 28 April incl, Bamurru Plains is operated as an exclusive fishing lodge).
Spacious and cool, each of the nine safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the floodplains, frequented by a myriad of bird and animal life. Mesh screen ceiling to floor walls on all three sides around the bed provides an experience in which guests can hear, see and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around. The focus is on a supremely comfortable bed, organic cotton linen, pillow menu and a spacious en suite bathroom with high pressure showers. The decor reflects the region's earlier indigenous, hunting and pastoral history, with buffalo horns, explorer's maps, Aboriginal artwork and fish traps as well as old photos providing a sense of the human heritage of the area. Each room has a cold water thermos, local flora and fauna reading materials, species list and binoculars. There is no internet access, no television or mobile phone coverage.
The Kingfisher Suite reflects Bamurru's core philosophy of blending the accommodation as closely as possible with the surrounding bush. It is designed to allow guests a superior sense of seclusion while retaining a spectacular outlook on the Swim Creek floodplain. The sense of scale in the floodplain setting is accentuated by the size of the suite and Bamurru's trademark ceiling to floor mesh screens allowing guests an intimate sense of exposure to the wildlife and wilderness outside. With 81 square meters of space in the bedroom alone, the suite features a king size bed, lounge area and space to accommodate a family of 5 in comfort. Deluxe swags are provided for children to sleep out on the enclosed suite veranda. The Kingfisher Suite allows for in room dining, with a camp table setup for an intimate candlelit dinner with only the sounds of the bush as company. The bathroom features twin basins and showers, within a decor of rustic chic timber and corrugated walls utterly in tune with the environment and pastoral heritage of the area. For maximum exposure, the suite also offers a shower with full ceiling to floor views across the floodplain and surrounding paperbark forests.
Activity Desk, Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Library, Malaria Free, Pool, Restaurant
Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Pure Cotton Linen, Shower
Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card
Bamurru’s signature experience is a thrilling ride across the floodplains by airboat. This wildlife-packed journey takes you from wide open grasslands to a lagoon surrounded by peeling paper bark trees. Feel the rush as you skim the surface at speed then float in silence listening to the sound of nothing but the bush.
The floodplain wetlands of the Mary River catchment are the key natural feature of this area and some of the most important in the country, home to thousands of Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling-Duck, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. These beautiful birds will take flight as you zip across the floodplains on your airboat, flocks sometimes thousands of birds strong!
Our guides will provide you with a hands on demonstration of the many uses of the flora from the wetlands whilst floating amongst a forest of melaleuca trees or looking out for crocodiles slowly swimming amongst the grasses of the floodplain. A morning trip out on the floodplains in an airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience this environment.
The Mary River catchment is home to some 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains. The significance of this particular property comes in the variety of habitat: black soil floodplains, paperbark swamps, savannah woodland, river mangroves and coastal beaches support an extraordinary diversity of birdlife. Even in the dry season the floodplains on the property still retain large areas of water where the birdlife congregate in extroadinary numbers rarely seen elsewhere in Australia.
The birding spectacle on the Swim Creek floodplain and surrounding Mary River region is second to none in the Top End due to both the extraordinary volume and variety of birdlife and Bamurru’s 300km2 allows birding groups a private and exclusive experience. At particular times of the year, the floodplain will host hundreds of thousands of Magpie Geese and species that are associated with the life cycle of the geese, particularly raptors.
The richness of the floodplain also supports dense populations of other waterbirds, with thousands of egrets, whistling ducks, jacanas, crakes and strong populations of jabiru, brolgas and raptors. The surrounding paperbark swamps and savannah woodland provide a huge diversity of species for keen birders.
The Sampan Creek, which is part of the Mary River System, forms the western boundary of the station. During the dry season (May-October) the crocodiles will regulate their body temperatures by basking on the banks in the sunlight. During these months, the numbers of crocs sunning themselves will give you an idea of the size of the population.
It’s not just the crocodiles, many bird species call this mangrove lined environment home. Relax in the shade provided on our canopy covered cruise as you meander along this creek system, learning about these animals from our skilled guides and enjoying sunset canape’s as the light begins to fade.
One of the best ways to see the variety of wildlife that teems here is on an open-top game drive, more akin to an African safari across the savannah.
With the recession of the waters from much of the floodplain in the dry season, the plains become accessible to 4X4 vehicles and a journey out with one of our guides will provide a unique insight to this fragile yet very important environment.
Our open sided safari vehicles feature shaded canopies with comfortable and raised seating to provide the best possible vantage point to view agile wallabies, estuarine crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo’s and some of the 236 bird species on the property.
Our guides will describe the Aboriginal uses for some of the local flora and fauna while you enjoy a cool drink and bite to eat.
A guided walking safari at Bamurru is the perfect antidote to a busy life. You’re compelled to slow down and absorb the sights and sounds of the bush, understanding how every element has its place. At this pace, nature has a way of showing you what’s important.
Look for ant trails that criss cross the ground at your feet, or the birds calling up in the tree tops before settling in for morning tea amongst the beauty which is Bamurru.
Head out with our guides away from the main lodge on a short drive before continuing on foot learning the Indigenous uses for the various plants and animals on Bamurru or learning how to track different wildlife through the forest.
Walking safaris are individually tailored to your interests and tend to be run in the latter part of the dry season.
Raised 6 metres above the ground in the tree canopy, the 24m2 screened platform allows a unique perspective on this fragile environment. The Hide is the ultimate eyrie from which birdlife and other wildlife can be observed undisturbed in their natural habitat.You will have a 360º view overlooking the Mary River floodplain, canopy and background woodland.
Perfect for photographic or ornithological groups as well as individuals, adjustable flaps allows cameras and binoculars to be focussed on the surrounding wildlife, birdlife and floodplains and there’s a Nikon Prostaff fieldscope has been fitted for maximum visibility.
Criss-crossing between floodplain savannah, monsoonal forests and dry, open areas dotted with termite mounds alongside buffalo and brumbies, explore Bamurru from the wheel of your own quad bike.
This leisurely safari will take you to areas inaccessible by our regular 4WD vehicles, while our knowledgeable field guides lead you to some of our favourite secret spots.
While technically not a real activity, some of our guests prefer to do absolutely nothing. The best bit is that the wildlife will come to you. Watch hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, see buffalo roam and Agile wallabies hop past your bungalow as you wake to sounds of thousands of Magpie Geese. If all you want to do is switch off, chill out and get away from the hustle and bustle of life then Bamurru is one of the best places in the world to do it.
Just a short hop by light aircraft across the river systems that separate Bamurru Plains from Kakadu brings you to the heart of this country. Rock art galleries reveal stories of Aboriginal people and their ancient culture. Textures of colours, vistas across savannah woodlands and floodplains provide a sense of the spirituality of this ancient landscape.
From rock overhangs and caves at Ubirr Rock (think classic scenes from Crocodile Dundee) to the meandering waters of the East Alligator River that drains from the stone country of Arnhem Land and marks the boundary between Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, this day will expose the senses to country that is rich in Aboriginal culture, flora and fauna.
Travelling with Wild Bush Luxury’s field guides in our custom built vehicle, your day will include a scenic flight into Kakadu, a bush picnic lunch and the chance to spend time with an Aboriginal guide on the waters of the East Alligator River before returning overland, with a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre, returning in time for sundowner drinks, canapes and the comfort of the safari lodge as the sun sets over Bamurru Plains.
Included on a shared basis on the Ultimate Kakadu Experience package, also available to be booked at $750 per person subject to availability on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Bamurru’s chefs incorporate native and locally sourced produce to provide a gourmet experience integrating authentic, yet contemporary Australian recipes, from kangaroo skewers to crispy barramundi with finger lime salsa and quandong ice-cream.
Dining is enjoyed with fellow guests, where the day’s stories are recounted and new friends are made.
Breakfast is generally light as guests are up early to experience the wildlife first thing, start the day with freshly baked wild berry and wattle seed muffins, 'bush eggs' any style on sourdough toast with bacon, tomato, warrigal green and kutjera relish or house blend bircher muesli with Manuka honey, bush apple and a dollop of vanilla bean yogurt.
Lunch is generally served on the wildlife observation deck overlooking the floodplains, where guests might enjoy citrus and fennel warm chicken salad with roasted macadamia nuts while watching a changing cast of birds, brumbies, buffalo and wallabies.
Canapés and sundowners are enjoyed out in the wilderness during your afternoon activity or on the lodge deck just before dinner.
Nightly, a three-course dinner hosted by one of your field guides is served at the long timber dining table as frogs break into a croaky serenade. The menu features Australian bush-inspired recipes. Watch our chef create his favourite bush spiced duck confit in the open kitchen from the dinner table.
Guests can help themselves to drinks at any time from the self-service bar offering a variety of refreshments, including an after dinner tipple for those so inclined.
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 10
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Fishing, Flora, Gourmet, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
El Questro Homestead | El Questro Wilderness Park
The El Questro Homestead is an exclusive retreat situated atop the Chamberlain Gorge. The resort accommodations feature magnificent panoramic views of the Chamberlain Gorge and river systems from sunrise to sunset. Nestled privately in the rustic Australian wilderness, the homestead is the ideal place from which to fully appreciate the untamed beauty of Kimberley. Guests at the homestead are immersed in luxury, with air-conditioned rooms featuring modern bathrooms and furnishings, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Perched atop the Chamberlain Gorge, the Chamberlain Suite offers sublime panoramic views and features a wrap around veranda with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the magnificent sunset and sunrise over the gorge. The veranda boasts a relaxing lounge and dining area. The suite is stylishly decorated with rustic authentic Australian furnishings, is air conditioned and offers a large wardrobe area, a modern bathroom with double shower, as well as an indoor and outdoor private double bath overlooking the Chamberlain Gorge. Bedding consists of one king size bed, or two king single beds by arrangement.
The three Cliff Side Retreats are situated at the edge of a sheer escarpment, overlooking the spectacular wilderness. Views of the Chamberlain River can be enjoyed from both the daybed and the luxurious feather topped bed that faces floor to ceiling, sliding glass walls. Set apart from the homestead, the freestanding retreats offer privacy and a sense of space.
The thoughtfully finished retreats offer spacious, light filled interiors with quality furnishings that fit naturally within the Kimberley environment. The walk through wardrobe leads to a modern en suite where the stunning El Questro landscape can be viewed. From the shower, access either the free standing bath on the veranda or the garden rain shower surrounded by magnificent stone walls that provide complete privacy. Generous ceiling fans and whisper quiet air conditioning ensure comfort.
Bedding consists of one king size bed, or two king single beds by arrangement.
Chamberlain Gorge Rooms at the El Questro Homestead are perched above the Chamberlain River, featuring a private deck with lounge furniture overlooking the gorge. Guests can relax in total privacy while taking in views of the rugged Kimberley wilderness and peaceful flowing river. All rooms are stylishly appointed with a modern en suite bathroom, as well as private indoor and outdoor stone bathtub cantilevered over the gorge.
Guests staying in the Chamberlain Gorge Rooms enjoy the best of both worlds, experiencing the El Questro wilderness from sunrise to sunset and recharging in the air conditioned rooms. All rooms consist of one king size bed, or two king single beds upon special arrangement, accommodating a maximum of two people.
Homestead Garden Rooms feature modern bathrooms and furnishings. Each room has a private veranda overlooking the resort gardens with lounge furniture to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Rooms are air conditioned and feature a private en suite bathroom. Bedding consists of one king size bed, or two king single beds by arrangement.
Activity Desk, Bar, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Library, Pool, Restaurant
Air Conditioning, Bath, En-Suite, Lounge Area, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Outside Shower, Shower, Verandah
Boating the Chamberlain Gorge is a must. Only accessible by boat, this 3 km
fresh waterhole is bound by diverse flora and fauna, and belittled by a towering
escarpment. Enjoy bacon and egg muffins, fruit, tea and coffee on the breakfast
cruise or sparkling wine and fresh fruit on the afternoon cruise as you take in
the breathtaking scenery.
Head out on a 4WD fishing adventure with one of our fishing guides to a spot
on the Pentecost River, an hour’s drive from El Questro Station. With a little local
knowledge you can try your hand at catching the “elusive” Barramundi or even a
Mangrove Jack, Threadfin Salmon, Black Bream or Catfish. You don’t need to be an
expert to jump on this tour, your guide can teach you the basics as you go. There is
plenty of wildlife viewing to be had while you are out there, the Estuarine Crocodile
and Sea Eagles are common sightings along the Pentecost River. All fishing gear,
breakfast or lunch, snacks and drinks are provided.
Enjoy a relaxed Barramundi fishing trip to one of our fishing holes in the El
Questro Valley. Travel with our expert guide by 4WD to a local waterhole and
fish for Barramundi from the banks of the Chamberlain or Pentecost river. All
fishing gear and light refreshments provided.
An insight into the pioneering heritage and characters that ran El Questro when it was a working station. Along the journey
learn about Indigenous people’s use of different bush plants, including uses for medicine and remedies, weapons and even fish
poison. This tour includes morning tea enjoyed at a shady waterhole.
A great way to experience El Questro in an afternoon! Hop aboard one of our Safari vehicles to experience this unique 4WD
track, extending along the Chamberlain Gorge as it narrows with its sheer cliffs rising above you. Take a cruise along the river
to experience this spectacular gorge system whilst keeping an eye out for both Estuarine and Johnston Crocodiles and Black
Footed Rock Wallabies. Jump back on board the vehicle and make your way to the top of Branko’s Lookout, just in time for you
to enjoy another Kimberley Sunset whilst sipping sparkling wine or an ice cold beer. This tour has a maximum of 8 guests so you
will be well looked after.
Horse treks are a great way to observe all types of Kimberley wildlife whilst getting off the beaten track. Whether you’re a
first timer on the horse or an advanced rider, our horse guides will take care of you and adjust the ride to your capabilities.
There is a minimum age of 12 years old for horse rides. Kids’ rides are available for those under 12 years old, subject to
availability and experience.
Join an El Questro Ranger on an early morning bird watch. You may just spot a pair of dancing Brolgas or some colourful
Rainbow Bee-eaters, the endangered Gouldian Finch or the Sea Eagles feeding their young. The locations will vary depending on
your guide and the conditions of the day. This tour includes, binoculars, a local species list, bacon & egg muffin and juice.
By the time you have packed your nibbles and drinks, piled everyone in the car and decided what lookout to go to, you’ve
missed the sunset! Why not let one of our guides do all the hard work for you? With four lookouts to choose from you can’t go
wrong with a guided sunset tour. Tour includes sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks, juice and a cheese plate to enjoy whilst watching
another stunning Kimberley Sunset. With 360 degree views, sheer cliffs and rugged river systems you won’t be disappointed.
Our newest and only exclusive lookout. With 360 degree views of the property, you look down on the station township,
up the Chamberlain river and follow the Pentecost out to the Gibb River Road. Whether it’s for a special occasion or just want
to enjoy it without the crowds you will have this lookout for yourselves and a special chance to soak up this intimate sunset,
you will be treated to a cheese platter and beverages to enjoy as you watch another famous Kimberley sunset.
This 5-hour tour requires a ride in our high-clearance 4WD vehicles as you pass through the water crossing on your way to commence the El Questro Gorge Walk. Wrap up the ride at the end of the tour with relaxed views and a dip in Zebedee Spring.
Although there are many ways to experience the diversity of El Questro, few experiences can compare to a helicopter ride over the vast region. Look down over the Cockburn Ranges, through Pentecost Gorge and beyond waterfalls and caves only accessible by air – a truly indescribable experience we strongly recommend to everyone.
This rugged 4-hour trek takes you on a four-wheeling adventure along the Chamberlain River as it narrows and drops into a riverbed beneath towering cliffs. Steer through the river systems in small boats while passing the cliffs, splashed with afternoon sunlight. As the sun sets at Branco’s Lookout, enjoy beverages and a cheese platter – a beautiful end to an adventurous day.
El Questro Homestead Restaurant
At El Questro Homestead, food and wine are as much an attraction as the wild country that envelopes the property. Every meal is brimming with ingredients of superb pedigree and quality, leaving guests to forget that 3500 kilometers of rock and desert lies between the Kimberley and Perth. The neighboring Ord River Valley nurtures growers who provide a vast array of tropical and organic produce, supplemented by the abundant riches of Western Australia’s coastlines and paddocks. The chef’s spirit of generosity is always evident, as in the hand crafted fare and bountiful flourishes, combined in simple preparations that allow the flavors to shine.
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included
Mindil Beach Casino Resort | Darwin
Skycity Darwin is an entertainment destination in the Northern Territory. Boasting over 700 electronic gaming machines, more than 30 exciting table games, 5 restaurants, 7 bars, Skycity is Darwin’s five star beachfront resort with 154 luxury rooms, VIP Super Villas with Gaming Suites, a Day Spa and a myriad of unique function and conference spaces.
Nestled on 30 acres of tropical gardens alongside the Arafura Sea, Skycity’s bustling casino is teamed with amazing accommodation and dining options, and conference and event facilities.
Skycity is the home of Darwin’s five star beachfront resort, complete with a private white sand beach and an eight room tropical spa. The new tropical resort and upgraded facilities have redefined comfort and style. Relax in one of 152 stylishly appointed hotel or resort rooms, swim in the infinity edged or lagoon style pools, enjoy the cuisine of one of the five distinctive restaurants, and indulge in spa treatments. Everything runs smoothly and effortlessly, with a range of complimentary services including wireless internet, as well as a business and a fitness center.
Set among Skycity Darwin's tropical oasis, the Deluxe rooms offer guests a stylish and well equipped retreat. All rooms feature a private balcony, stylish en suite bathroom, complimentary high speed broadband and a state of the art flat screen television, as well as a DVD player on request.
Skycity Darwin's Superior Spa Rooms offer guests the ultimate relaxation experience. Located on the ground level of the hotel, the spacious rooms are fully equipped with a Japanese inspired spa bath and a separate spacious corner shower. Each room also includes a private patio, offering spectacular garden or ocean views.
The One Bedroom Suite is a spacious hideaway providing guests with a separate living area and king sized bedroom. Showcasing a deluxe marble bathroom with a spacious spa bath and corner shower, the suite also includes a walk in robe, private balcony with garden or ocean views, 2 LCD TVs and DVD players, as well as complimentary WI-FI access.
The Grand Suite spans an extensive 71 square meters and features separate lounge and dining areas plus a powder room. The separate king sized bedroom showcases a luxurious marble bathroom including a double spa bath and large shower with private balcony overlooking the picturesque infinity pool.
The magnificent Garden Grand Suite is the epitome of luxury, chic accommodation in the Northern Territory. Showcasing the natural beauty of Mindil Beach, the suite offers full length windows and a secluded patio to take in the breathtaking sunsets. Ideal for a romantic getaway, the suite also features a separate king sized bedroom with an opulent marble bathroom including a double spa bath and shower. The suite also boasts TVs in the bathroom, bedroom and living areas.
Located on the first floor, the Lagoon Rooms offer a deluxe king bed or 2 queen beds, separate luxury bathroom, state of the art flat screen TV and mini bar. The rooms offer a private balcony with an outdoor setting with sweeping picturesque views of the lagoon and the resort.
The Superior Lagoon rooms offer a private sanctuary amid a tropical paradise. Situated on the resort's expansive lagoon, the rooms offer swim out access and an outdoor setting on the private balcony. Rooms feature a deluxe king bed or 2 queen beds, separate luxury bathroom, state of the art flat screen TV and mini bar.
Activity Desk, Bar, Business Centre, Conference Centre, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Balcony / Deck, Internet Access (Complimentary), Iron / Ironing Board, Mini Bar, Tea / Coffee, Television
The Vue is a contemporary bistro, buffet and bar offering a totally unique interactive dining experience. It is set against the stunning backdrop of the Arafura Sea and located among the fun and excitement of Skycity Casino. The Vue offers a vast selection of impressive dishes including fresh seafood, mouth watering meats cooked on a lava stone grill, an enticing burger menu and much more. Guests can watch as a meal is prepared right before their eyes, with views of the chefs doing what they do best in the interactive show kitchen. The Vue offers superb views, fantastic food and exceptional service, all served up with a contemporary twist.
il Piatto offers a classic yet new age selection of favorite Italian dishes. The popular, relaxed restaurant is nestled on the edge of the stunning Arafura Sea and features a show kitchen and authentic pizza oven. The extensive menu offers something for everyone, with a hearty selection of traditional Italian food alongside some contemporary dishes that will surprise and delight.
Please be advised that EVOO is CLOSED until Wednesday 30th March 2016. EVOO will reopen on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th February for a Valentine's Day weekend special.
Cove is CLOSED for the wet season and will reopen in May 2016.
Embark on an authentic Asian fusion dining experience at the iconic restaurant. Intricate flavors, textures and aromas of the orient are paired with impeccable service to offer a memorable dining experience. The talented chefs source and weave local produce into Dragon Court’s dynamic menu.
The wine list is extensive and each selection has been carefully chosen to compliment the menu and enhance the dining journey. Also offered is an extensive tea menu that will refresh the taste buds.
Bed and Breakfast
Longitude 131 | Yulara
Longitude 131° offers immersion in the Australian outback, a true sense of stillness and beauty in this desert landscape, rich in cultural heritage and timeless history. Luxury tented pavilions float over rust-red dunes where classic furnishings meld with indigenous textures to evoke a sanctuary of earthy elegance. A private glass wall yields unparalleled views of fabled icon Uluru (Ayers Rock). Explore the World Heritage listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and discover some of the ancient creation stories of the Anangu, the land’s traditional custodians. Spend time exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the desert and come face to face with this irresistible land with the lodge’s personally guided adventures. Enjoy an outback sundowner at the convivial open bar in the Dune House and experience unforgettable dining under a glittering canopy of stars at Table 131°. Exceptional cuisine celebrates a fusion of modern and local flavours whilst exclusive ‘Red Centre’ experiences and world-class service combine to deliver an unforgettable encounter with this spirited land.
Adopt the spirit of the original pioneers and relax after a day’s exploring in a canopied pavilion reimagined for the modern traveller.
Custom-designed furniture from Australian designers offers stylish lounging, whilst the bespoke ‘Baillie Bed’ dressed in fine linens and luxurious throws holds centre stage. Private floor to ceiling windows yield unparalelled views of Uluru, quite literally at the end of the bed, opening onto an expansive balcony with day bed, armchairs and fireplace. Each ‘tent’ is named for an explorer or pioneer and framed artefacts offer a first-hand history and tales of a much tougher experience in the outback. The unique textures of local indigenous artworks provide a colourful contrast to the pioneering past.
An ensuite bathroom offers a generous rain shower, while the complimentary in-suite bar proffers a selection of Australia’s best loved gourmet treats. Plush bathrobes are provided along with daily housekeeping and signature evening turndown service. A music system, wireless internet, telephone, safe, and climate control complete the swag of mod cons.
Luxury Tents are ideal for one or two persons in existing bedding
Expansive and contemporary, the Dune Pavilion is Australia’s only accommodation offering views of both World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Architecturally designed as a modern interpretation of the Australian homestead, the Pavilion is considered the star of the luxury camp.
Offering separate living and sleeping areas featuring custom furnishings and artworks commissioned from local artists, bathroom with deep tub overlooking the vast desert landscape and outdoor deck with daybed, fireplace and the ultimate in desert style: a private plunge pool overlooking the outback frontier, for a personal nature-meets-luxury experience.
Extras for guests in the Dune Pavilion include a curated bar and private dining options for breakfast and sunset drinks (subject to timing of guest itinerary).
Configured as one or two bedroom, the suite is ideal for individuals or couples seeking a glamorous retreat, or friends or families travelling together.
Bar, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Heated Towel Rails, Iron / Ironing Board, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Underfloor Heating
Airport Shuttle (Complimentary)
Capture the changing lights reflected over Uluru’s many faces as the sun slips down below
the horizon, chilled glass and canapé in hand. The essential outback experience!
Artist Bruce Munro’s internationally acclaimed solar installation Field of Light arrives at the Red Centre in April 2016, offering visitors to the region a transformative experience of iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Bruce conceived the idea for the Field of Light while visiting Uluru in 1992, but it first materialised in 2004 at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The work has since appeared in varying incarnations around the UK, in the US and Mexico.
The Field of Light at Uluru is the largest recreation of the installation, made up of 50,000 bud-like stems and crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres, which will bloom and appear to sway as darkness descends over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Pathways will invite visitors into the artwork, which will come to life under a sky brilliant with stars. Longitude 131° guests will experience the interactive artwork as part of the signature experiences program, arriving at dusk to meander around the field before enjoying the cool night skies at Table 131°. Witness the monumental combination of art and culture from April 1, 2016.
Table 131° is without doubt the perfect way to wind down after a day of discovery. Dine out on sumptuous outback fare and discover the wonders of the night sky. Arrive to the mesmerising sounds of an ancient culture and feast on four delicious courses complemented with the finest Australian wines. Later, Longitude’s resident astronomer regales the gathering with tales of the Southerly constellations. Return to the Dune House for after dinner drinks or float back to your luxury tent, for a deep slumber under the stars.
Table 131° operates subject to weather and climatic conditions.
Explore the impressive formation of Kata Tjuta, the walls of Walpa Gorge rising obliquely on each side and discover how eons of weathering and continental upheaval have created today’s landscape. Pause for a long distance perspective and photo opportunity before a visit to the Cultural Centre where informative and interactive displays provide insight into the spiritual and cultural meanings of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Join the Lodge guide for a gentle walk along a portion of Uluru’s base and learn about the history of the Mala people, viewing cave paintings and other relevant sites important to both Anangu and the early explorers. Enter Kantju Gorge at dusk to witness the rock walls ablaze with the light of the setting sun. Revel in the silence sunset drinks and canapés.
Discover peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole and the sacred site of Kuniya Piti as the sun
lights up the ancient monolith. Along this walk our guide shares the Anangu creation story of Kuniya and Liru, adding greater depth to Uluru’s striking features. Should departure flight times allow, consider extending the morning’s tour and join a guided Uluru Base Walk. Please note, this activity must be booked prior and an additional charge applies.
Return to Longitude 131° for breakfast in the Dune House. Take stock of the journey, capture some last images, complete a journal or send a postcard of Australia’s most recognisable natural icon and the resilient presence that has been a constant throughout the stay.
Guests looking to explore more of the outback, or who have a special interest to pursue can choose from a selection of bespoke experiences in addition to their signature Longitude 131° itinerary. Activities may be relaxed and intimate, like romantic private dining or sunset viewing options to more energetic pursuits like guided hikes, which include the classic Uluru base walk and rewarding Valley of the Winds circuit at Kata Tjuta. There are day trips to Kings Canyon or an exclusive visit to the remote art community at Ernabella and private arrival and departure tour options, most thrillingly via helicopter.
Longitude 131° also partners with outback adventure operators for specialist ventures, ranging from ‘bush tucker’ tours to day trips to Cave Hill, a renowned rock art site. Scenic flights over Uluru, Kata Tjuta and beyond to Mount Conner, the region’s ‘other’ distinctive monolith offer an exhilarating aerial perspective of the outback, revered as a ‘must do’ by those in the know.
Adventure seekers can jump on a Harley-Davidson for an unforgettable ride around Uluru, join a camel train for a mesmeric encounter of the outback at dusk in the style of the western pioneers, whilst others take to mountain bikes for a more down-to-earth adventure. Possibilities to explore Australia’s outback are as vast as its horizons; the team at Longitude 131° will choreograph each guest’s stay to create a highly tailored, personal experience of Uluru-Kata Tjuta and beyond and always in stylish comfort.
Longitude 131° Restaurant
Longitude 131° offers the best of contemporary Australian cuisine, celebrating a fusion of modern and indigenous flavours.
Dine and relax in the earth-toned Dune House, the heart of Longitude 131°, with its panoramic views and dramatic domed roof. Breakfast begins early with freshly baked pastries, fruit and a la carte menu selection. Premium espresso coffee and a generous selection of fine leaf teas are signature elements. After a morning filled with walks, or simply spent relaxing with a book by the pool, appetites are up for lunch. The three course menu offers a selection of seasonal treats and is deceptively light, leaving room for afternoon tea served to coincide with departure of the afternoon activity. A selection of tasty canapés and beverages provided on tour complement the dazzling sunset.
Dinner is a superb dining experience, be it under the canopy of the Dune House or a billion stars at Table 131°. The daily changing four course menu is decadently refined, showcasing the riches of Australian produce. The Longitude 131° wine list features varietals from Australia’s finest wine regions.
The tariff includes all fine dining and all beverages (cellarmasters list additional).
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included