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Uluru Ayers Rock Extension Tentative Program
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Saturday, August 25, 2019
Uluru (Ayers Rock) is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory. Sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the region, it is home to an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings.  In 1920, the Australian government declared Uluṟu an Aboriginal Reserve.   
 
Join us in Uluru to explore the nuances of “Dreamtime”. “Dreamtime” refers to the complex indigenous creation narrative.  It is the enduring creative spirit and the spirits of the ancestors that permeate all aspects of life.  
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Domestic Flight to Uluru Ayers Rock & Hotel Check-in
Ecological Tour, Arts in Residency & Dinner Under the Starts
This tour provides an introduction to the history, wildlife, and geology of the area. The Wintjiri Museum is dedicated to indigenous inspired artwork and features a different Artist in Residence every month. Watch the artist at work and discuss her body of work and personal inspirations. Later, experience an outdoor dinner under the stars as you take in the breathtaking view of Uluru.

Friday, August 23, 2019
Uluru Tour and Food Experience
The day begins with anunforgettable Uluru sunrise followed by a traditional Aussie breakfast. Then, visit local waterholes and cave paintings while being regaled with aboriginal tales about Uluru during the expert guided tour. The symbols and figures in the caves at Uluru are similar to those found at many sites throughout Central Australia. These include geometric symbols, figures representing animal tracks, the outlines of animals- all used to represent different meanings but are always part of an intricate story being recorded and told by the artist. After lunch, experience a unique sound, lighting, and 3D effects performance at Mani Mani Theatre, followed by an afternoon of exploring. Learn about local bush food and experience a tasting of seasonal seeds, spices, and fruit during a traditional cooking demonstration.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Art & Storytelling at Uluru
Anangu paintings are created for religious and ceremonial expression and for teaching and storytelling. Several rock shelters at the base of Uluru provide visitors with the opportunity to observe evidence of this ancient tradition. The paintings are of considerable historic and cultural significance to Anangu, who continue to ensure their preservation and protection. Enjoy the company of an aboriginal traditional storyteller, as you learn the local history, culture, and traditional techniques. Meet with a local indigenous artist and learn about the aboriginal body art practices and associated symbolism at the Mingkiri Arts Market, which offers an extensive selection of Australian hand-crafted glassware, jewelry, pottery, zebra rock and Central Australian Indigenous artworks.

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Gardening In the Outback
Enjoy a leisurely morning walk to Imalung Lookout for one last glimpse of Uluru, followed by a journey around the magnificent Desert Gardens to learn the intricacies of an outback garden.
Check-out & Transfer to Airport
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