A visit to Australia is not complete without spending some time getting lost in the Aussie outback and what a better place to do than venturing out to Uluru, arguably one of Australia’s biggest bucket list spots.
We are both massive advocates for travelling in your own backyard, so it may come as a surprise that we have yet to visit the Red Centre – never heard of it? Firstly just think of that beautiful red dirt we are known for and secondly where do you find it? The centre of our country of course (Australians are very into simple/shortened names).
So, when we got the invite to not only come and finally see Uluru in all it’s glory, but to also experience the incredible Field of Light at the same time it was an obvious big YES from us!
What is Uluru?
Most people can recognise the iconic image of Uluru (or its non-indigenous name Ayers Rock) even if they don’t exactly know where and what it is. This incredible monolith of red sandstone rises from the flat Australian desert, located quite close to the centre of the country.
You honestly don’t realise how unique Uluru is until you are flying across kilometres of red dirt and you see it slowly rise in the distance as you are descending into the airport.
Uluru, as it is known to the indigenous Aboriginal people, is a very sacred place and when visiting you will have no trouble relating to the magic and power of this formation. Rising 348 meters above the ground with a circumference of 16 kilometers – it truly is one pretty big rock that needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate.
What is the Field of Light?
Imagine standing in one of the most remote places on earth surrounded by a field of iridescent light. More than 50,000 flower like stems topped with shimmering glass spheres are scattered across Australia’s spiritual heartland. As the sun began to set the colourful lights grew brighter looking like a dot painting of lights beneath the shadowy outline of Uluru.
After watching the sunset perched up on a hill, we slowly made our way down into the field as the sky went from oranges to blues, to reds as the lights illuminated the area. You could easily get lost walking for hours amongst the lights.
If you were finding the right time to explore Uluru, make this a reason to head out.
How to see the Field of Light
There are a number of ways to experience the Field of Light, ranging from $35 to $615 depending on the type of tour you are after. The basic Field of Light pass allows for hotel pick-up and transfer to the remote desert location with a self-guided walk through Field of Light. As the tour packages increase in price so does the experience. With some including champagne and canapés, to others allowing you to experience the lights via camel or for those wanting an unforgettable experience you can even see the lights from the air via your very own helicopter!
The installation will disappear in March of 2018, so make sure if you want to tick of this bucket list destination in a super unique way make sure you plan a trip sooner than later!
Thanks to Tourism Northern Territory for kindly inviting Flying the Nest to experience the Field of Light. As always, all opinions are our own.