This month’s roundup of new experiences in Australia brings a world first light spectacle at Uluru as well as intimate moments with wildlife, and explorations of unique local cultures for your next big adventure. Dive into the captivating beauty of Australia that will beckon you to come back for more.
Take your seat in an open-air desert theatre, then, as darkness falls, witness the Mala story brought to life like never before with ground-breaking technology. Photo Credit: Tourism Australia
Wintjiri Wiru (Uluru, Northern Territory): This May, an ancient story takes flight at Uluru. Immerse in a breath taking light and sound show at Ayers Rock Resort which brings to life a chapter of the Mala ancestral story. Brought to you by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, delve into the beauty of ancient Anangu storytelling with state-of-the-art, drone and laser light technology. Designed and produced by world-renowned Media Architecture studio RAMUS, the Wintjiri Wiru experience will illuminate the Central Desert with a spectacle of lights, projections and lasers shining on the spinifex and mulga, connecting the earth and sky to offer an expansive experience of light and sound in the presence of Uluru. Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia has consulted Anangu custodians to bring the Mala story to life. Two Wintjiri Wiru sound and light shows will run every night, from March until December (from 11 May in 2023), with one show a night operating in January and February. Complete your experience of Uluru’s wonders with the Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner and a second show, After Dark.
Exmouth Adventure Co (Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia): For all wildlife lovers out there, now until March is the time to observe the wonders of the turtle hatching season in Western Australia’s World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Region. Exmouth Adventure Co, known for its eco tours, now offers a Summer Sunset Turtle Watching Tour. Watch nesting turtles in their natural habitat at the water’s edge as they inch up the beach and start to dig their nests. Held in small groups of 10 people, join the intimate experience at Jurabi Coastal Park – tours take place three times a week until March 2023.
Riddle Me Adventures (Tasmania): Tour the vast mountain ranges and rugged coastline of Tasmania via an inquisitive itinerary that surprises you at every turn. Riddle Me Adventures is a mystery picnic tour that beckons you to solve riddles to reveal the next destination – all while collecting delicious produce from local eateries. Participants are led to collect local knowledge on the best spots; the hidden gems and the hottest spots to visit, before they arrive at their destination. After an adventure around Tasmania, spread out your new picnic mat and indulge in delicious Tasmanian produce you’ve foraged at your final location.
Dive, Spear and Sport (Gladstone, Queensland): Located at the southern end of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Dive, Spear and Sport @ 1770 has teamed up with the two coastal towns of Agnes Water and 1770 to offer the ultimate diving experience in one of the world’s ocean wonders. Dive anywhere from 10m to 48m below sea level to explore reefs, shipwrecks, and the incredible marine wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef. For the adventurous folks, the brand-new state of the art dive training facility offers a range of activities for all levels of divers and free divers. Take the plunge and enjoy a dive ranging from recreational scuba diving trips to the reef, to intermediate opportunities to sunken wrecks.
Wupa@Wanaruah (Hunter Valley, New South Wales): Discover the Hunter Valley’s Indigenous history and culture on Wupa@Wanaruah’s free and self-guided tour. Facilitated by Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation and supported by a diverse range of local Hunter Valley venues, the tour is more than just an exhibition of Aboriginal art, but also an inclusive experience. The tour takes explorers through a variety of venues with local Indigenous art on display, from cellar doors to hotels, with the tour offering a range of accessibility options. Discover the beauty and depth of Indigenous history that the Hunter region has to offer.