When it comes to top dining experiences, Uluru probably doesn’t spring to mind. But if you’re a budding foodie, or just very hungry, the area around Uluru has some of the most unique and delicious food you’re likely to find anywhere in the Red Centre. And who can beat that backdrop while tucking into some quality grub.
Uluru’s culinary renaissance has come into its own in recent years, with top chefs arriving from all over the country to work with fresh local produce from the indigenous garden close by. Just one example is the Kulata Academy Café which trains students from the National Indigenous Training Academy in hospitality, and offers up a range of tasty dishes to tickle anyone’s taste buds. It’s an unexpected but happy bonus to discover such a range of great foodie options along with all that natural beauty. Here are some of the best dining experiences around the big red rock.
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Dune dining – Tali Wiru
This is the big one. Sit yourself down on top of a sand dune overlooking Uluru and chow down on a mouth watering a la carte menu filled with anything from caviar to wagyu, to a lighter than light kangaroo pate. This is a luxurious, once in a lifetime dining experience with top class service and a maximum of just 20 other guests. When it comes to a culinary experience in the desert, this one is hard to beat.
Cost: from $325
Eat a crocodile (no, really) – Pioneer BBQ & Bar
Kick back and watch the sunset with your very own “croc dog” at the Pioneer BBQ & Bar. This unique dish is made with crocodile meat and is a healthier way to enjoy the traditional ‘dog. Jaw droppingly tasty and with a kudos that will instantly raise your foodie profile, the croc dog is not to be missed.
Cost: $13 with a side of chips
Ty’s Bush Tucker Bloody Mary – Walpa Bar
Ty Bennett is a mixologist with a passion for booze and fresh, native ingredients. His downright delicious Bloody Mary includes fresh limes, juniper berries, pepperberry, spicy kangaroo and Davidson plum. Ty welcomes requests so why not ask him to twist your favourite cocktail into something more native, using plants from the nearby bush garden. The guy is a genius.
Where: Sails Restaurant www.ayersrockresort.com.au/around-the-resort/dining-and-bars/restaurants-and-bars
Damper at Desert Awakenings
This early morning damper will have you setting your alarm clock and jumping out of bed at dawn. Listen to a wise Anangu man speak softly about his ancestors as you spread the golden syrup, and watch the desert colours change as it slowly comes alive with the sunrise. This is a spiritual experience you’ll never forget.
Cost: $173, included with tour (see below)
How: www ayersrockresort.com.au/experiences/detail/desert-awakenings-tour