The Wintjiri Wiṟu Experience to open in Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park in May 2023

State-of-the-art, drone & laser light show at Ayers Rock Resort

by Adam & Megan

On 10th May 2023Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia will launch The Wintjiri Wiṟu Experience, a twice nightly state-of-the-art, drone and laser light show that will illuminate the desert sky over Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park and Ayers Rock Resort.

Meaning a ‘beautiful view out to the horizon’ in the local Anangu language, The Wintjiri Wiṟu Experience will be the first time a light, laser, projection and drone experience of this magnitude has been performed on a regular basis anywhere in the world.

Created in consultation with the traditional land owners, The Wintjiri Wiṟu Experience will see over 1,000 drones dance and weave in a kaleidoscope of colour, telling The Mala Story, one of great importance to the ancestral history of the Aṉangu people.

Anangu have one of the oldest living continuous cultures in the world and have been the custodians of this Country and its many stories, keeping them strong, since the beginning of time. The show will bring to life a chapter of the Mala ancestral story which sits between Kaltukatjara (Docker River) and Uluru. Voyages has consulted and collaborated closely with the Anangu custodians of this chapter of the Mala story to obtain approval to bring Wintjiri Wiru to life.

Visitors can book the Signature Sunset Dinner to enjoy welcome cocktails and canapes on the sunset amphitheatre platform, overlooking Uluru, followed by the show and a 4-course indigenous inspired menu, or the After Dark performance later in the evening.

Designed and produced by world-renowned Media Architecture studio RAMUS, The Wintjiri Wiṟu 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.

The depth of the story is revealed when more than 1,000 luminous drones take flight each night to lift the 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.

The signature experience will be the three-hour Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner which starts with welcome cocktails and canapes while the sun sets over Kata Tjuta and Uluru. This will be followed by a gourmet dinner hamper celebrating native ingredients and paired with premium Australian wines. Once darkness has settled the dramatic sound and light show will begin. The Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner experience includes return resort transfers and is priced at AUD$385pp. A second show each evening called After Dark is a shorter, one hour-long experience including light refreshments followed by the show. After Dark costs AUD$190pp.

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