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Ayers Rock – Destination Guide

Sights and experiences

One of the world’s most famous and impressive natural wonders, no holiday to Australia is complete without a visit to Ayers Rock, also known as Uluru. Found in the heart of the Red Centre, Australia’s visually striking and isolated area of desert, Ayers Rock provides one of the most spectacular views that you will ever see in your life. With a Distant Journeys Australian tour, you’ll be able to witness the sights at Ayers Rock, including the unforgettable views offered at sunrise and sunset, where the rock transforms before your eyes, changing shade across the spectrum of colours. You’ll also be able to learn more about the rock and its cultural importance to the Aborigines on a walking tour exploring the rock and the surrounding area.

The Olgas/Kata Tjuta

Found to the west of Ayers Rock, The Olgas, also known as Kata Tjuta, are yet another natural wonder to be discovered in Australia – a stunning rock formation resembling a collection of domes. Made up of 36 formations altogether, the result is a range of stunning views of these striking and spectacular domes which dominate the surrounding rich red landscape. Believed to have originated from roughly the same time as Ayers Rock, it is believed that The Olgas were originally a single rock, having become separate ones due to over a million years of weathering. On an Australian tour with Distant Journeys, you’ll be able to witness the beauty of The Olgas as well as the majestic Ayers Rock.

Wining and dining

During your stay at Ayers Rock with Distant Journeys, overnight accommodation is provided at the four-star Desert Gardens Hotel, situated within the Ayers Rock resort. There are a number of restaurants within the hotel itself as well as throughout the resort.

Desert Gardens Hotel

Situated within the Desert Gardens Hotel are three restaurants, providing a good range of choice for those who fancy a simple, relaxed night and morning in the hotel. The White Gums restaurant is the most relaxed of the three, offering a hot and cold buffet breakfast with a wide selection to suit all tastes. By night it is the hotel’s Arnguli Grill that comes to life, with bookings essential for this restaurant. The Arnguli Grill serves up an extensive menu celebrating the best of Australia and the restaurant’s outback surroundings, with quality Australian produce brought to life with flavours from local indigenous cuisine. Finally, the hotel’s Bunya Bar offers a relaxed café setting, perfect for a light meal and an early evening cocktail as the sun starts to set.

Sails in the Desert

One of the hotels found within the Ayers Rock resort, Sails in the Desert also boasts excellent restaurants to choose from and enjoy if you fancy setting out from the hotel. Ilkari provides a breakfast and dinner buffet experience with an incredible amount of choice, including seafood, soups, pasta, grilled meats, Asian dishes and desserts, as well as an egg and pancake station where breakfast can be made your way. For a more relaxed setting, the Walpa bar is perfect for light meals and drinks at the end of a busy day.

Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge

For an authentic Australian dining experience, the Outback Pioneer may be just what you’re looking for, with this wonderful hotel celebrating all things great about the outback. The hotel’s Bough House restaurant serves up an a la carte menu of traditional flavours with plenty of new things to try – buffalo pie and Wagyu rump steak with bush tomato are just two examples – as well as an indulgent dessert buffet. The Pioneer Barbecue and Bar offers barbecue food with a twist – after choosing from a range of meats including kangaroo, emu and barramundi, you can then have a bit of hands-on fun and cook it yourself. For a low-priced alternative, the Outback Pioneer Kitchen serves laid-back pizzas, burgers, salads and wraps with picnic table-style dining.

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