Voyages Longitude 131, Uluru, Australia

The ‘wow’ factor: Access to the ‘model eco resort’ at Uluru (Ayers Rock) has never been easy, as camping in such a highly sensitive area, where minimal environmental impact is the key, could prove troublesome. Yet, the organisers have created a programme of activities and tours that focus on both eco and cultural elements of the landscape. As an immersion into Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, it is hard to take on-board that this holiday comes complete with 5-star ‘plus’ luxury and private views of the sun rising and setting over that sacred outcropping.

Did you know? Since opening in June 2002, Longitude 131 has established world best practices that ecotourism operators around the world now strive to achieve. In depth flora and fauna surveys were undertaken to protect vulnerable species such as the mulgara (a small native marsupial), the great desert skink and the marsupial mole.

Getting there:An all-inclusive tariff exists for a minimum two-night stay. Other opportunities are available. The peak season is July to November and three months notice is required for booking. Both Virgin and Qantas fly direct to Sydney daily. Including local transfers, three nights at Uluru will cost you from £915.