Capture the Uluru night sky at the 2017 Astronomy Weekend

Fun family activities, astro-photography sessions, an outdoor cinema and more

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Uluru by Moonlight, Ayers Rock Resort.

Uluru by Moonlight, Ayers Rock Resort. [©Peter J Ward 2011]


The clear, bright skies over Uluru have been attracting photographers for decades and images like Peter Ward's have been captured by professionals and amateurs alike.

Photographer Toi Wu Yip’s spectacular image of the Milky Way over Uluru has garnered international acclaim, with the image shortlisted for the international Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Professional and amateur photographers alike can try their hand at recreating Peter and Toi Wu Yip’s work at the Uluru Astronomy Weekend at Ayers Rock Resort on 20-22 October. Featuring sessions on astro-photography, the event is run in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and hosted by Associate Professor and award-winning astronomer, Lisa Harvey-Smith.

In its fourth year, the stargazing weekend also includes fun family activities and demonstrations, an outdoor cinema experience under the stars, and engaging discussions on cosmic events, the structure of the Universe, dark matter, Aboriginal astronomy and navigation, how the universe began and much more. A Stellar Starlit Dinner under the stars and Astro Trivia Lunch is also on offer.

The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition is in its ninth year and has drawn more than 3000 entries from around the world. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at Britain’s Royal Observatory on 14 September.

For more information on the Uluru Astronomy Weekend »

Or go to or phone 1300 134 044.

About Ayers Rock Resort
Ayers Rock Resort provides a variety of accommodation from the premium Sails in the Desert Hotel, newly refurbished Desert Gardens Hotel, self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge and Ayers Rock Campground. Ayers Rock Resort is managed by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

About Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
This is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and manages tourism and resorts on its behalf.

Voyages offers unique experiences and cultural immersion in spectacular locations around Australia including Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory, Home Valley Station in The Kimberley in Western Australia and the Mossman Gorge Centre, in Tropical North Queensland.

One of the key responsibilities of Voyages is to promote and sustain eco tourism, protecting pristine sites for many years to come. Voyages works collaboratively with local communities to assist them to exercise sustainable environmental tourism practices, respecting and supporting the local Indigenous cultures and offering employment and training opportunities to the local and broader Australian and Torres-Strait Islander Indigenous communities

Profits from all business activities are re-invested in the Indigenous and resort experiences and through the various training and development programs in place around Australia.

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