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There’s Still Time to See Australia’s ‘Field of Light Uluru’

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Field of Light Uluru

Australia’s Uluru may be located in the red-tinged desert of the Northern Territory, but at night the sacred landscape lights up with a multi-colored bloom. This ebullient display is known as the “Field of Light Uluru” from artist Bruce Munro. The installation consists of more than 50,000 solar-powered lights that resemble bulb-shaped flowers and are connected by a network of fiber optics. It’s also referred to as “Tili Wiru Tjutu Nyakutjaku” by the indigenous Anangu people, which translates to “looking at lots of beautiful lights.”

Munro was inspired by the burst of happiness he felt during a trip to Uluru he took with his wife. The installation, located six miles away from the sacred rock, has inspired even more joy since opening in 2016. Munro’s team was careful not to disturb the land and worked with the natural landscape, which is why the lights are not organized in any specific pattern. With this method, the area will appear just as they found it when the installation is taken down.

Luckily for hopeful travelers, “Field of Light Uluru” received an extension until 2020. This means there’s still plenty of time to plan a luminous visit to Uluru. With the tour operator Voyages Australia, there are many ways to experience the installation from camel tours to helicopter tours, from sunrise to sunset. You can even book a three-course meal in the bush and see Uluru and the Field of Light while you eat. If you needed a push to finally book that bucket-list Australia trip and see Uluru for yourself, this is it.

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Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

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