Uluru has sat in the middle of Australia for hundreds of millions of years but the show it puts on changes constantly. The best venue to watch the spectacle unfold is from Longitude 131°, a gathering of luxury pavilions nestled among the rust-red landscape. The desert base fans out from the cool sanctuary of the Dune House, site of lounging, cocktails and rock gazing. Dine overlooking the nation’s spiritual heart whilst savouring fine cuisine combining native ingredients and produce sourced from around the country. Retreat to Spa Kinara for an indigenous inspired treatment or drink in the sunset on the Dune Top with jaw-dropping views to Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

In the spirit of the original pioneers, relax after a day’s exploring in a tent recreated for the modern traveller to meld style with sustainability. Unparalleled views of Uluru play out from the end of the bed or from the warmth of a bespoke swag unfurled in the cool night air. Contemporary furnishings, artworks by local indigenous artists and an array of mod cons dispel any illusion of roughing it. Tempting as it is to hunker down here, venture beyond the lodge for signature excursions exploring the dual World Heritage-listed wilderness and become acquainted with the backstory of the desert icons – not just geology but also their timeless connection to Anangu, the traditional owners.

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