Longitude 131° Australia
Yulara Drive, Yulara NT 0872, Australia
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Ben and Louise Lanyon took over the management reigns at Longitude 131° in January 2019 as a husband-and-wife lodge manager duo. Already familiar with the Baillie Lodges collection, Ben and Lou managed Southern Ocean Lodge when it first opened its doors in 2008.
Prior to working at Southern Ocean Lodge, Ben and Lou worked at a number of Australia’s iconic resorts and lodges.
History & Story
Longitude 131° first opened to global acclaim in 2003, with its otherworldly gathering of safari-style guest tents around a central Dune House the creation of leading Australian architect Philip Cox. Since taking the reins in 2013, Baillie Lodges has reinvented an icon with a three-stage multimillion dollar transformation led by award-winning South Australian architect Max Pritchard.
2017 saw the addition of a new premium suite, the Dune Pavilion, along with revolutionary upgrades to the property’s guest areas – including the Dune House, swimming pool, new Dune Top and the property’s first dedicated spa – creating a more relaxed and sophisticated experience of Australia’s spectacular Red Centre.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Exclusive and private
Treasured as Australia’s spiritual heart, the dual World Heritage-listed wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is an ancient desert landscape widely known as the ‘Red Centre’. Spanning a vast expanse of the Northern Territory, the outback’s rugged beauty is heightened by the living presence of one of the world’s largest monoliths, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the sacred red domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) which stand nearby. It’s a land of stark contrasts, playing spiritual home to the world’s oldest living culture, the indigenous Australians, whilst revealing a more modern history with the folklore of the early western explorers.
Key sites/activities in the area
The Red Centre’s vast outback landscape offers a swag of adventures. A personalised itinerary of guided experiences at Longitude 131° offers guests an introductory understanding to the region’s fascinating geographical heritage and ancient indigenous living culture.
Four experiences are included in the tariff and are provided on an intimate shared basis with fellow guests at scheduled times. Details of included Signature Experiences can be found here.
Private experiences can be arranged at additional cost subject to availability.
Longitude 131 welcomes children 10 years and over.
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Nestled among rust-red dunes, Longitude 131° is a gathering of sixteen luxury tents. Unparalleled views of Uluru’s changing lights play out from the end of the bed, or on balconies from the warmth of a swag unfurled in the cool night air. Custom furnishings invite stylish lounging, while works by local indigenous artists offer inspiration. All tents feature king beds, a generous bathroom and lounge opening to a private balcony with fireplace. Other features include climate control, complimentary in-suite bar, wireless internet, music system, premium amenities, safe and telephone. Bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer and backpacks are provided along with daily housekeeping and signature evening turndown service.
Each retreat pays homage to an early Australian explorer or pioneer, contrasted with the colourful textures of local
indigenous artworks. The bespoke ‘Baillie Bed’ takes centre stage beneath the soaring canopy, adjoined by an ensuite bathroom with rain-shower. An expansive balcony with day bed and feature fireplace offers another
perspective for drinking in the view.
The Dune Pavilion is the only accommodation offering dual views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Designed as a contemporary
Australian homestead, the pavilion features separate living and sleeping quarters and is appointed with custom furnishings, striking indigenous artworks and a deep outback-style bathtub for soaking in the scenery. Generous outdoor decks offer the ultimate in desert glamour: decadent lounging, private fireplace and a plunge pool looking the desert frontier. Configured as one or two bedrooms, it’s ideal for couples seeking a sophisticated retreat or friends or
families travelling together.
Restaurants & Bars
Dune House Bar and Restaurant, exclusive to Longitude 131 guests
Table 131 (Dining under the stars), exclusive to Longitude 131 guests
Dune Top dining (additional cost – $175 per person)
Outdoor swimming pool
Plunge Pool (Dune Top)
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Corporate events, honeymoons, anniversaries and birthday celebrations have all been celebrated at Longitude 131
• 5 or more rooms at Longitude 131 are subject to group terms and conditions. Please refer to Group Policy.
Extra Notable Features
Scenic Helicopter excursions over Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Hotel and restaurant Awards
Condé Nast Traveler
Readers’ Choice Awards 2018
No.2 in Australia and No.7 in Australasia and South Pacific
Condé Nast Traveller
The Gold List 2018
Condé Nast Traveler
Readers’ Choice Awards 2017
No.11 in Australia and No.7 in Australasia and South Pacific
Number of employees