Sleep under the stars in luxury in the Outback

Allison Wallace

If you always wanted to sleep under the stars in the Aussie outback but don’t want to give up life’s luxuries, then a visit to newly revamped Longitude 131° should be on the bucket list.

Baillie Lodges has transformed its luxury desert camp with the addition of new balconies on each of its 15 tents, creating contemporary outdoor living areas while enhancing its unrivalled views of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Each balcony has been styled with modern day beds, armchairs and EcoSmart fireplaces, extending the luxury to the outdoors.

Photo: Baillie Lodges

Taking the outdoor experience to the next level is a luxury swag for two, a modern reinvention of the traditional Australian bushman’s bedroll. Unfurled at nightfall in front of the fireplace, it gives guests the option of sleeping beneath the southern stars while still enjoying comforts.

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The swags are offered as part of a new evening service in which guests are served port, Cognac and other digestifs by firelight, along with a savoury treat prepared by the lodge chef.

Photo: Baillie Lodges

The new balconies follow a multi-million dollar refurbishment that introduced features including new fabrics, designer furnishings, ceramics, Indigenous artworks and the group’s signature “Baillie Bed”.

Baillie Lodges Managing Director James Baillie said the balconies were part of a wider vision to reaffirm Longitude 131° as the most exclusive luxury retreat in Australia’s Red Centre.

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“Our aim is to take the property to new levels of luxury, while at the same time enhancing its connection with Uluru and the desert environment,” Mr Baillie said. “The new balconies and luxury swags create a whole new level of intimacy, completely removing any barrier between the visitor and the landscape at Australia’s spiritual heart.”