Aussie breakfast TV personality, wife and mother of three Lisa Wilkinson recently spent a long weekend in Australia’s spectacular Northern Territory. We got our hands on her itinerary, sourced some awesome snaps from her trip and were lucky enough to have Lisa share with us some personal feedback about her experience in Australia’s breathtaking top end.
Lisa and husband Peter took off from Sydney and were greeted at Ayres Rock Airport by mid-afternoon. The lucky pair were then whisked off to check-in to The Sails in the Desert Hotel which is a stunning luxury 5 star resort. As you’ll see by the following images, the region really does offer some of the best accommodation available in our fine land. The rooms are impeccably furnished and the facilities are abundant. It’s a perfect completion for a day out exploring or if you prefer, a day lazing by the pool or soaking up the atmosphere at the bar.
Sails In The Desert reception area
Sails In The Desert rooms
Sails In The Desert pool area
Sails In The Desert bar
To complete day 1, Lisa and Peter were taken directly from their resort lobby to The Sounds of Silence. This is the ultimate bucket list dining experience consisting of bush-inspired tucker complimented with great Aussie wines. This all takes place as diners witness the nightly spectacular of the Territory. First, they are treated to the majestic sunset over Uluru with it’s brilliance of colours and as the sun recedes, it gives way to a blanket of twinkling stars. I asked Lisa about this experience and here’s what she had to say:
“The experience began with my husband Peter and I being offered a glass of champagne as we reached the site’s sand dunes. The sun then set rapidly over Uluru, turning the rock into a changing kaleidoscope of ochre-browns, reds and purples – this is a truly magnificent sight. As we were seated, we looked onto the iconic domes of Kata Tjuta (a.k.a. the Olgas); a vision which really reminds you how lucky we are to live in a country where we can call this our very own backyard. The food itself is also something else – with Australian delicacies like barramundi, emu, crocodile and kangaroo on the menu.
“Perhaps best of all, is the opportunity to look up at the clear night sky – with its brilliant spray of blazing stars peppering the blackness from horizon to horizon. Let’s just say it’s a recipe for romance, if I ever saw one.”
Day 2 began exceedingly early for Lisa, but working on morning TV she’d be well accustomed to early starts. By 6am she was ready for take off to Mt Conner with Ayers Rock Helicopters.
Mt Conner is yet another distinctive feature in the Northern Territory. The peak of this horse-shoe formation stands 300 metres high and appears to be a spectacular place for a gourmet picnic breakfast!
Later that night Lisa was booked in for a 55 minute aerial tour of the region. Since flying over the Red Centre, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), this is what Lisa had to say:
“I’ve visited the Red Centre six times in the last two years, and I discover something new every time. Uluru is more than just an immense natural icon – although it certainly is that! (Take my word for it, Uluru’s majesty will take your breath away no matter how many times you visit). Uluru is a true symbol of Australia’s natural outdoors and spirituality, with a visit making you feel more proud to be Australian than ever.”
Beginning with breakfast at Ilkari Restaurant, Lisa had yet another day of work combined with some r’n’r. Ilkari is renowned for its egg and pancake station where patrons can create their own signature dish. They also have an international menu for travelers from near and far away lands. Next on Lisa’s schedule? A quick stop at the Red Ochre Spa for a little bit of spoiling before heading off for a 2pm photo-shoot at a location near Sails In The Desert.
The day concluded with dinner at Arnguli Grill whose tasting plates are produced using a selection of locally sourced Indigenous spices, grains and seeds. To complete the experience, a selection of premium Aussie wines can be enjoyed in their relaxed atmosphere. I asked Lisa about the hospitality of the Territory and she replied:
“Territorian hospitality is the hospitality of the outback: warm and down-to-earth. Everyone is your mate, and you’ll enjoy the easy familiarity and trademark dry humour of the region. My tip? Whether you’re in the Red Centre or the Top End, the atmosphere is perfect to reconnect with yourself and – if you’re lucky enough to have them there with you – your loved ones. The Territory’s vastness and beauty will likely inspire you to re-focus on the relationships in your life that mean the most.”
Lisa’s final day in the Northern Territory began with a quick breakfast before her and Peter were whisked away to the airport. Having completed their short stay, Lisa had this to say about the whole 4-day experience:
“This was not the first time I’ve visited the NT – and it won’t be the last. The Territory is such a beautiful place to escape to; particularly during winter in the southern states, given its tropical weather and short three-hour flight away. It’s the perfect destination for some time-out with the family, along with some action-packed adventure – if you’re up for it. I’d recommend to those considering a trip to the NT that now is as good a time as any; sure, the Territory will always be there, but you won’t.”
If you too would like to experience the wonders of Australia’s sensational top end, head to Travel NT for more information.
Images courtesy of Kite Communications