Where to Stay When Visiting Australia’s Coolest Natural Landmark

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 Image via Longitude 131

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is Australia’s most iconic geologic feature, a sandstone monolith rising 1,100 feet above the surrounding plains. No trip to the outback is complete without seeing it. Unfortunately, for a landscape brimming with ancient rock art and steeped in aboriginal creating stories, visiting the site’s main tourist outpost, Yulara, can feel like pulling into the overflow parking lot of Old Faithful. Which is why the newly renovated Longitude 131°, a secluded camp amid the surrounding sand dunes, is the place to stay. During the day, you can hike to the base of Uluru and see the area’s 5,000-year-old pictographs. Or visit the nearby Ernabella Arts center to view works from modern-day aboriginal artists. At night, lie under the stars on the patio of your private pavilion. There, beneath the Milky Way, with the outline of Uluru at your feet and silence surrounding you, sleep may be the last thing on your mind. Or maybe it’s that you’re already dreaming.