Uluru - Australia's Bush Tucker Capital
Ayers Rock Resort in the spiritual heart of Australia welcomes you to
enjoy its range of bush tucker experiences from hunting to cooking,
dining and more.
There's nothing quite as majestic as dining in the desert under a blanket
of stars. On this particular night, though, while it's twinkling in the
sky, it's also sparkling on the ground. With the striking sight of Uluru as
the backdrop, the desert is awash with radiant frosted-glass spheres.
The evening is Ayers Rock Resort's
A Night at Field of Light
, exhibiting the work of internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. But
it's not just the lights taking centre stage. As diners soak up the
wondrous sights, they dine on native ingredient-focused dishes like Dukkah
Seared Kangaroo Loin on Quandong Couscous with Native Mint Yoghurt.
This is just one of the under the night sky experiences on offer at Uluru.
Another is the award-winning Sounds of Silence, where the fine dining menu
also showcases native ingredients with highlights like House Smoked
Crocodile on Mini Dampers with Desert Lime Preserve on the menu.
The pinnacle of Uluru's outdoor dining experiences is a table at
. Meaning 'beautiful dune', Tali Wiru is an incredible open air gastronomic
experience offering a magical evening of fine dining. Set on a remote
desert sand dune, it presents sweeping views all the way to Uluru in the
distance and the domes of Kata Tjuta even further on.
This season's Tali Wiru menu features canapés such as Pan Seared
Scallop with Gulgulk Buerre Noisette or Smoked Kangaroo and Kutjera
Crostini, entrees including Pressed Wallaby with Fermented Quandong. Mains
include Pan Roasted Toothfish with Carrot and Ginger Puree, Baby Heirloom
Carrots, Sea Greens, Spiced Activated Lentils and Candied Lemon Aspen, to
finish, desserts on offer are Textures of Chocolate with Davidson Plum,
Lemon Myrtle and Quandong
Australia's bush tucker capital
With so many native ingredients featured, it's no wonder Ayers Rock Resort
has been dubbed the bush tucker capital of Australia.
But while Indigenous Australians have been eating a huge variety of native
herbs, spices, fruits, seeds, insects and wildlife for tens of thousands of
years, to most non-Indigenous people, these ingredients are a mystery.
That's where Ayers Rock Resort can help. Set in the spiritual heart of
Australia, Ayers Rock Resort offers a range of captivating experiences.
Among them is the
Bush Tucker Journeys
program, which brings ancient flavours to modern cuisine.
Hunt, gather, cook
As guests gather on Ayers Rock Resort's Town Square lawn, a Bush Yarn is
about to begin. During this free daily activity, a storyteller enthralls
listeners with knowledge of the skills and precision needed by hunters to
use spears, clubs and boomerangs out in the desert.
While hunting was obviously an essential way to gain sustenance, so was
gathering. As the daily Garden Walks, another free activity, reveal,
gatherers were adept at not only using the bush as a source of food, but
also as a natural pharmacy where various remedies for a range of ailments
Once the ingredients have been hunted and gathered, it's time for cooking.
Featuring an Indigenous pantry of produce, from gorgeous desert figs to
fragrant native lemongrass and vibrant harlequin mistletoe, the Bush Food
Experience is a sensory showcase. Once the uses and flavours of these
native ingredients, as well as the ancient ways they were prepared, are
divulged, old meets new as guests learn how to make wattleseed shortbread.
The celebration of food and culture culminates with
, a quarterly culinary event celebrating Australia's native flavours.
From open air fine dining to traditional bush tucker tastings, foraging
tours and a masterclass with Bush Tucker Journeys' Ambassador and
Indigenous chef extraordinaire, Mark Olive, every culinary experience
combines local Indigenous culture with Indigenous inspired outback fare.
Upcoming dates for the
are 18-20 August and 3-5 November 2017.
Where to stay
There's something for all tastes and budgets. Ayers Rock Resort
comprises four hotels from the five-star Sails in the Desert, the newly
renovated Desert Gardens Hotel and Emu Walk Apartments and the authentic
Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge, and a campground featuring powered and
When to visit
Uluru is beautiful year round, but most people choose to travel between
April and October, when the days are vibrant and warm and the nights are
crisp. Travel between September and November to experience the abundance of
outback flora and wildflowers. While travelling between December to March
means beautiful balmy nights and sun-laden days.
When to book
It pays to book your accommodation as well as your tours well in advance,
particularly if you're planning to travel between the peak months of April
to October or during any of the school holidays. Ayers Rock Resort has many
different accommodation styles at all different levels and budgets, so if
you want choice then booking early is the way to go.
2 Night Uluru Package starts from $300 per person twin share
To book, visit
or call 1300 134 044 to discuss your Uluru travel plans.