By Anna Kantilaftas
Published: Thursday, March 31, 2022
Updated: April 6, 2022 at 1:00 pm
A three course, bush-tucker inspired dinner overlooking a garden of more than 50,000 solar-powered light bulbs.
One of Australia’s most iconic silhouettes and thousands of stars twinkling in the reflection of our flutes of sparkling wine. This Red Centre experience has us pulling on our fedoras faster than you can say Akubra.
Busloads of hotel transfers arrive at a remote outback location, while chilled drinks and canapés of smoked crocodile frittata, poached prawn, and kangaroo crostini circulate. Scattered across the vast backdrop are thousands of glistening white specks and spinifex grasses, which direct the eye to the grandeur of Uluru standing proud in the distance.
A Night at The Field of Light starts on the edge of a dune viewing area, where no one can resist the urge to pull out a camera to snap away at the landscape that is synonymous with Australia’s Red Centre, and a significant cultural landmark for the Anangu people.
Despite the en masse arrival of travellers, this spacious landscape feels so secluded that you probably won’t notice the people who stand between you and the perfect Instagram shot. It’s a sobering reminder that if you were stranded on a deserted island (or in the outback) all you really need is a good view, a glass of sparkling wine, and a three-course meal… every day… for as long as you’re stranded.
When the sun starts to recede, sending the sky into a magnificent show of vibrant colours, guests are ushered into the dining area. The sound of a didgeridoo sends a beat through the air around tables set for fine dining atop the dusty red lands. Looking back toward Uluru, which starts to take silhouette form, guests are treated to the gradual illumination of 50,000 solar-powered glass spheres in a myriad of colours.
It’s one of those ‘I can’t look away’ moments, for all the right reasons.
Created by international artist, Bruce Munro, the globes are masterfully placed over 49,000 square metres to create Australia’s largest light instalment.
Guests are invited to try all the bush-inspired flavours of the three-course buffet. This is your chance to try a taste of Australia, without the full commitment.
Grab yourself a little bit of kangaroo, and if you love it, go back for seconds. If you don’t, never mind, there’s still plenty of other delicious options to fill your plate.
Meanwhile, as you enjoy the multi-flavoured dinner, an Anangu guide offers a quick astronomy lesson on how the night sky was used to help with navigation, weather predictions and seasonal cycles, before launching into an entertaining and artfully curated astrology lesson, pointing to constellations in the bright glittery night sky.
When bellies are full, it’s time to get the imagination flowing as the opportunity to walk through the spectacular Field of Light takes you out of the outback and straight into a world that feels more akin to Avatar than Australia.
The sun may light up Uluru in the day, but the Field of Light shines the spotlight on the nightscape of the Red Centre.
Note: A Night at the Field of Lights experience will be returning to Uluru on the 1 July 2022.