Luxury lodge Longitude 131 set to re-open on August 21

by James Wilkinson

Baillie Lodges is set to re-open its Red Centre luxury basecamp Longitude 131° on August 21, following a temporary closure due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes as the Northern Territory Government has announced restrictions to travel into the region will be lifted from July 17, 2020, and as Jetstar re-establishes daily domestic flights to Ayers Rock Airport from Sydney in August and from Melbourne in September.

Longitude 131° will reopen for guest stays from August 21, 2020, and will offer guests its trademark all-inclusive outback luxury, with world-class cuisine, exceptional service and a full itinerary of signature experiences of World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

The 34-guest lodge’s reopening comes at an ideal time to visit the Red Centre, when the days are mild, the nights cool and the skies are clear, perfect for sightseeing and later for stargazing.

Baillie Lodges founder, James Baillie, said he hoped Australian’s would choose now to visit the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in this time of rediscovering the country’s remarkable domestic travel destinations.

“Many Australians haven’t really explored their own backyard, where there’s not only wide open spaces and endless horizons but loads of incredible adventures to be had,” he said.

“We hope that for many Australians who have been planning their next trip, now will be the time to make the wish-list trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta – and to treat themselves to a stay in style at Longitude 131°.

“As tourism operators we’d like to offer thanks and credit to the Northern Territory Government which moved quickly initially to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by restricting inbound travel, with the result that many business are able to reopen safely now.

“The team at Longitude 131° has spent the ensuing months readying for reopening, with a whole swag of maintenance tasks now complete. Longitude 131° is more sparkling than ever, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests back,” Baillie said.