Uluru, Australia

A visit to this monolithic rock, the world's greatest, is an awesome experience. It is composed of a type of sandstone that has been exposed through folding, faulting, the erosion of rock and infill. At the base are caves, inlets and overhangs formed by chemical degradation and erosion. Formerly known as Ayers Rock, Uluru rises from the surrounding plains and belongs to the Anangu Aboriginal people for whom it holds a special spiritual significance. In an isolated spot 280 miles (450km) from Alice Springs, the power of the rock draws hundreds of visitors taken on tours by Aboriginal guides who explain the monolith's importance in Aboriginal culture. Some opt for the 1,142ft (348m) climb to the top, which takes about 45 minutes and is not for the faint-hearted.

It's recommended to view Uluru at different times of the day - part of the magic of the rock is its constant colour changes in different lights, particularly at sunrise and sunset. You can take a camel tour of the outback at Uluru, or enjoy an unforgettable flight in a light aircraft or helicopter for a bird's eye view of the monolith. About 19 miles (30km) from Uluru is another fascinating geological formation on the desert landscape. Known as Kata Tjuta (formerly known as the Olgas), these comprise 36 domes of red-brown earth, the tallest of which, Mount Olga, is 656ft (200m) taller than Uluru. There is also an Aboriginal cultural centre and an arts and craft centre, along with restaurants, swimming pools, galleries, supermarket, medical centre and post office.

Scenic Highlights:

Uluru Sunrise Walk: Departing Longitude 131° before sunrise, guests are transported to the Uluru base walk. Experience the remarkable changing colours of the entire desert landscape and the spectacular sight of Uluru and Kata Tjuta at dawn.

Table 131 - Dining Under the Stars: A unique Outback Dining Experience, dine out on sumptuous outback fare and discover the wonders of the southern night sky. Travelling to a secluded sand dune just before sunset, you are welcomed with stunning 360° views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta while enjoying pre-dinner champagne and canapés. From there, guests are taken to an exclusive desert setting where an intimate dinner will be served under a glittering canopy of stars. As darkness falls, sit back and savour three delicious courses complemented with the finest Australian wines, and served by attentive staff. In winter, a warm fire glows under the spectacular night sky. This is the perfect way to wind down after your day of discovery.

Kata Tjuta - Valley of the Winds: Depart Longitude 131° for this truly amazing walking adventure. You will be in awe of the breathtaking vistas from many parts of this walk along the way.

Activities:
- Visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), The world's largest monolith, one of the most sacred Aboriginal sites, undergoes spectacular color transformations depending on the time of day or weather conditions.
- Be amazed by the Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Kata Tjuta means "many heads" in traditional Aboriginal language, aptly describing this group of 36 individual rock domes, the tallest of which is 200 meters higher than famous Uluru.
- Enjoy the Sounds of Silence Experience
- Go on the Rock Base Tour, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Explore the myths and facts of Ayers rock, its Aboriginal art and its natural beauty on this walking and driving tour.
- Visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
- Take a day trip into Alice Springs
- Visit the Alice Springs Reptile Centre