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Five Big Red Reasons Why the NT Is So Hot Right Now, Brisbane

April 12, 2018 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

It’s the spiritual heart of Australia. A place that dates back about 500 million years, to a land before dinosaurs and a time when the Australian continent was newly forming. Rising from the sands, the sight of the extraordinary ancient natural wonders of Uluru and Kata Tjuta glowing and appearing to change colour at sunrise or sunset is an unforgettable natural show and a must on any travel bucket list.

And with the announcement today that Jetstar will start direct flights between Brisbane and Ayers Rock Airport from 3 August, there’s never been a better time for Queenslanders to take the Red Centre off their bucket list and make it a reality! Here’s five fab reasons to take advantage of direct flights this August:

  1. A Winter Wonderland
    Big outback skies are to the Red Centre what the Great Barrier Reef is to the Sunshine State and May through to October is the optimal time to leave the bright city lights and visit Australia’s most well-known natural icon.

    The Yankunytjatjara people recognise five seasons in the Red Centre and three of these fall within the May to October period – Wanitjunkupai (April/May): Cooler weather and Wari (June/July): Winter, when there are frosts and Piriyakutu (August/September) where animals breed and food plants flower.  During these times, the weather is cooler making it easier to walk longer distances amongst a desert landscape splashed with the vivid rusts, ochres and violets of Albert Namatjira’s watercolours.

    As an added bonus, if you visit after the rains, you’ll see wildflowers in bloom – their vivid colours and green stems in sharp contrast to the red hues of the desert. And, in the clear night skies above, the Southern Cross and constellations pop and sparkle with no city lights to distract.

  1. Choose Your Own Outback Adventure
    Endless rippling dunes in an enormous red sand sea – the desert is both alien and dangerously irresistible for adventurous types. In winter, you can heighten your sense of adventure and revive your spirit as you push yourself to new heights in the Red Centre with a huge range of adrenaline-pumping activities. Quad bike through ancient dry river beds, glide through breathtaking natural beauty aboard a Softail Harley-Davidson, ascend escarpments to awe-inspiring views of a land before time, take to world-class red dirt tracks on a mountain bike, or soar over vast expanses of desert country.

    If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, leap out of your comfort zone for a sky-high, sky-diving, headlong view of Australia’s most famous natural landmark.  Or, set a more sedate pace on the Valley of the Winds walk – an interpretative trail around the 32 weathered domes of Kata Tjuta – or by boarding a ship of the desert at sunrise and camel trek your way round Uluru.

  1. Explore a Culture As Old As Time
    Beyond the mighty rock formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon (in Watarrka National Park) lies a landscape that has inspired art and Dreamtime stories for thousands of years. The Traditional Owners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park have looked after, and in turn have been looked after by, the land for more than one thousand generations.

    Aboriginal use of the land over that time is reflected through this World Heritage area of outstanding universal value and many places are of enormous spiritual and cultural importance to the Traditional Owners. Learn the Dreamtime stories associated with Uluru on a walking tour around its base with the country’s Anangu owners – it’s an absolute must-do in region.

    The Anangu people are Uluru’s traditional custodians and have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years so any visit to the Uluru Cultural Centre is a glimpse into ancient times. Here, travellers can share in stories that have been passed down through generations of Aboriginal people through art.

    And, if you join a tour to Attila/Mt Conner, some two hours’ drive from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you’ll see evidence of early pioneers and discover ancient fossils in salt lakes where inland oceans once flowed.

  1. Wellness Springs Forth in the Desert
    Uluru is not only a spectacular natural formation, but a deeply sacred place and a powerful presence from the moment you first set eyes on it. Here, in this desert landscape of wide open spaces you can easily escape the stresses of everyday life and connect with country, with self and with nature.

    Watching the sunrise light up Uluru or the 100-metre high walls of Kings Canyon as you tackle the Rim Walk or the easier Kings Creek Walk that leads to a lookout in the centre of the Canyon is chicken soup for the soul.

    And if sheer unadulterated nature doesn’t do the trick, Ayers Rock Resort is hosting a transformational wellness weekend this September with life change facilitator Peter Bliss. The retreat is designed to empower participants to manage their emotions and master their mind with practical mindfulness workshops, silence survival strategies, intuition and intention tips, Qigong workshops, and guided meditations to enhance their lives.

  1. Ancient Art Literally Rocks the Joint
    Contemporary Aboriginal art is a thriving industry, yet the form is one of the oldest living art traditions in the world – a vessel used to pass creation stories down through the generations.

    A trip to Australia’s Red Centre allows you to fully immerse yourself in the ancient traditions and art of one of the world’s oldest living groups.  The Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre has two main art galleries that source indigenous artworks from hundreds of communities throughout the western desert region. The award winning Maruku Arts has a diverse range of art including woven baskets, punu (woodwork), traditional paintings on canvas, and features demonstrations with local artists.

    The Walkatjara Art Centre is owned and operated by artists from the Mutitjulu community. The artists hand paint designs based on the Tjukurpa and the landscape. These images are part of the ancient storytelling traditions central to Anangu culture and heritage.  Or, for a touch of modern day art – Bruce Munro’s Field of Light places homage to the surrounding landscape as darkness falls.

Why put it off when you can fly direct? Visit northernterritory.com to plan your trip. And, take advantage of hot Jetstar sale fares from $89 between Brisbane and Uluru by visiting https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/brisbane-uluru. The sale starts at midday today.

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