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World first Indigenous experience at Uluru

The breathtaking cultural storytelling experience recently launched at Uluru, provides exciting new opportunities for business events and incentive groups

Wintjiri Wiru, the breathtaking cultural storytelling experience recently launched at Uluru, is the perfect solution for companies looking to incorporate exciting cultural elements into their next conference or add to their incentive programs.

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Developed in close partnership with the Anangu community, this gamechanger for the Australian tourism industry combines ancient Indigenous storytelling with a state-of-the-art drone, laser, and light projection technology.

It is the first time an experience of this magnitude has been performed on a regular basis anywhere in the world.

“What a great drawcard for companies, PCOs and Event Planners who want to give their staff and their clients the opportunity to be among the first visitors to this exciting new experience. There is no doubt in my mind that Wintjiri Wiru allows businesses to go beyond the ordinary when planning their upcoming events,” said Peter Graham, Director of Sales & Partnerships for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

“With a renewed interest in Indigenous experiences, Wintjiri Wiru delivers on the curiosity of Australian travellers to immerse themselves more deeply in our country’s fascinating Indigenous history.”

The show brings to life a chapter of the Mala ancestral story which sits between Kaltukatjara (Docker River) and Uluru. 

Wintjiri Wiru – Songline depicting the Mala story between Uluru and Kaltukatjara (Docker River). Photo by Getty Images for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

More than 1,100 luminous drones take flight each night to lift these ancient images to the sky. Through exquisite choreography and visual artistry, the drones depict aspects of the Mala story accompanied by a narration in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara languages, and a soundtrack with traditional inma recorded with members of the local Anangu community.

Wintjiri Wiru perfectly complements other experiences on offer at Uluru including Desert Awakenings which showcases the elements of the Mala story, Tali Wiru, the intimate four-course dunetop dining experience for only 20 people and, for larger groups, Sounds of Silence or A Night at Field of Light.   

Groups can choose from two nightly performances of Wintjiri Wiru – the three-hour Sunset Dinner or the 1.5-hour After Dark show.

Gourmet canapes and cocktails will be served at the Sunset Dinner followed by a selection of hot and cold native inspired dishes paired with premium Australian wines.

The Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner experience includes return resort transfers and is priced at $385pp. For the After Dark show, wattleseed caramel popcorn will be served alongside refreshing gelatos featuring native ingredients. After Dark costs $190pp. Either show can be booked for exclusive use.

Wintjiri Wiru Canapes and drinks

Indigenous chef Mark Olive, known globally for his unique style and television shows, worked closely with Ayers Rock Resort to craft menus that showcase native Australian flavours from lemon aspen and wattleseed to quandong, warrigal greens and lemon myrtle.  These are prominent in the culinary offerings at Wintjiri Wiru – providing another layer of excitement for conference-goers.

Rene Kulitja, on behalf of the Anangu Consultation Group said “People from every place have come to see Uluru. Now we want people to come and experience our story in a new way. We want visitors to know this is our story, to look and listen and feel with us.

“Our stories have been here since the beginning, and we want to share this story with the world.”

Wintjiri Wiru – The Rocks. Photo by Getty Images for Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia. Acknowledgement – Anangu share the Mala story, from Kaltukatjara to Uluru, through a drone, sound and light show designed and produced by RAMUS

Guests can view the show on an environmentally sustainable, purpose-built platform just moments from the Resort.  It “floats” above the desert with stunning panoramic views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta nestled on the horizon. Artwork from local Anangu artist and community member, Christine Brumby, has been cut into the architectural steel separating the various seating levels of the platform and backlit for maximum impact.

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia acknowledges continuing Anangu connection to land, water, sky, culture and community and pays respect to Anangu communities and Elders and welcomes the opportunity to celebrate Anangu culture through the Wintjiri Wiru experience.

As custodians of the land, Anangu hold the Mala story from Kaltukatjara to Uluru. To share their story, RAMUS designed and produced an artistic platform using drones, light and sound to create an immersive storytelling experience.

More information HERE

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