Get luxurious in the heart of the Outback
The Red Centre is the iconic region of the Outback - home to sprawling red desert, beautiful rock formations and Aboriginal tribes. While Australian backcountry is known for its rugged, harsh conditions, travelers will find a luxurious respite at Longitude 131°, a desert resort situated in the heart of the landscape.
The resort tents get their name from their canvassed roof, but the term is used loosely. These residences have hard walls, high-end accommodations and more space than some hotel rooms. To stay with Longitude 131° is something of a privilege, given that there are only 15 tents available. The low number of residents makes for an intimate, detail-oriented experience. The campsite features a private restaurant and a swimming pool, as well as a library with books, maps and artifacts pertaining to the region.
All of these accommodations exist for the purpose of facilitating a greater connection with the surrounding landscape, a setting for the best Australian adventures. The camp is situated near the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a stunning area for dune treks, bird watching and the requisite reason to visit Uluru, the iconic rock formation also known as Ayers Rock. The clear, unpolluted desert sky also makes for unparalleled stargazing, meaning that travelers will have plenty of sights to drink in from sunrise well past sundown.
Longitude 131°'s location makes it a great starting point for plenty of Red Centre adventures, many of which the resort leads. From camp, residents may journey to two different gorges, each offering their own brand of splendor.
Kantju Gorge is a formation best seen through the lens of sunset. The lodge will drive guests to the gorge, where the end of day brings bursts of light and color to steep and sandy rock walls. As the sun sets, travelers enjoy a meal and watch as the night sky takes over. Walpa Gorge is no less dazzling. There, the dome-shaped Olgas spread out across the landscape, making for a beautiful sight during sunrise.
Beyond the gorges, Longitude 131° offers sunrise walks and other adventure opportunities. However, relaxation is also in order, perhaps best achieved at Table 131°. This dining experience seats uests at an open-air table in the middle of the desert, where they can dine on canapés? and cocktails at the end of the day. Indigenous people will perform native dances as four courses complemented by Australian wines are served.